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What is complementary therapy for asthma?

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Despite any claims you might hear, there's no cure for asthma. Asthma is a serious illness, and you should work with your doctor to control and manage it.

Some people look for other ways to treat their asthma, too. 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

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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