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Do complementary treatments help asthma?

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Some people look for ways to treat their asthma, besides medication, but there's no evidence that shows these work well:

�Herbs, vitamins, and other supplements

�Homeopathy, taking tiny amounts of what triggers your asthma to make you less sensitive to it

�Special diets

�Acupuncture

�Chiropractic

�Massage

Talk to you doctor about what you want to do. Some complementary therapies, while unproven, may make you feel better and won't harm you. But others may not be safe. For example, certain herbs and supplements can keep your asthma medications from working right or cause other health problems.

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What is a peak flow meter?" and "My Asthma Action Plan." 

American Lung Association: "Asthma Action Plan."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): "Mind-Body Medicine--An Overview."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 23, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What is a peak flow meter?" and "My Asthma Action Plan." 

American Lung Association: "Asthma Action Plan."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): "Mind-Body Medicine--An Overview."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 23, 2019

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