I've been reviewing some of the posts and certainly do understand your need for some alternative methods of dealing with asthma. I agree with Fanda that often many people, young and old, are mis-diagnosed with asthma and treated with broncho dilator medication as a result, while there may have been more appropriate options.
My question to you and others that have received a diagnosis of 'asthma' would be, how was this diagnosis confirmed? Was this a one off event of a respiratory challenge and the meds assisted with remediating it, or have you and others on this platform actually seen a respirologist and/or had the methocholine test administered? This is one way to confirm an asthma diagnosis.
I know this personally as well, having been through this and suffer from asthma myself. My reality is that my lungs are truly comprimised, in fact I lost 20% of my lung function with the first admistration of this test so I really do understand! Drat, it was a confirmation of what I knew on one level, but shocking to see it from a measurable level. It's not a fun spot to be in!
I know many of the things that exacerbate this condition for me, allergies, animals, environmental pollutants, smog, strong smells ie perfumes, chemicals, paints, smoke, all that type of thing and I avoid them as best I can but one does have to live in the real world.
There are emotional release techniques as well that can help. My daughter suffers from, or shall I say suffered from....exercise induced asthma which started when she was 5. While in Tahiti 4 years ago, she went on a hike with our group, ran into difficulties and had no inhaler with her. A friend used some emotional release techniques with her and she went on to climb to the top and back down. She and I trekked in Peru 3 years ago, up to 14500 elevation and she was fine. So it definitely works, just depends on what your asthma is caused by.
I would hope that anyone who is taking asthma medication for an extended period of time has seen a specialist and have had a solid, substantiated confirmed diagnosis. Of course, eliminating as many of your triggers as possible is a standard protocol and can make a large difference in how you're feeling.
All the best Jerry!