If you look online to find natural remedies for asthma, you are sure to come across some pretty interesting and wide-ranging suggestions on how to treat or even cure asthma. Despite these claims, there is no proven “cure” for asthma. Asthma is a serious illness which you should work closely with your doctor to manage.

There are many forms of Complementary Therapy that people may try, including herbs/vitamins, a special diet, acupuncture, chiropractors, or massage. Although some of these alternative treatments may help you feel better and won’t actually harm you, some treatments may not be safe. For example, some herbs or supplements may actually prevent your asthma medications from working correctly or could cause other health problems. Most importantly, natural remedies should not be used as an exclusive treatment for asthma.

There are some things you can do at home to help with some of your asthma symptoms. Here are a few ideas:

  • Know your triggers and try to avoid them if possible
    • Use air conditioning rather than opening your windows
    • Minimize exposure to pet dander
    • Minimize dust exposure (use pillow and mattress encasements)
    • Cover mouth and nose when exposed to cold dry air or poor air quality
  • If you smoke, quit
  • Lower stress levels since these can trigger asthma flares
    • Progressive muscle relaxation
    • Guided imagery
    • Biofeedback
  • Stay Healthy
    • Exercise regularly as this can help strengthen heart and lungs
    • Maintain a healthy weight
    • Eat a healthy diet
    • Stay hydrated

We recommend checking with your doctor before starting any complementary/alternative home remedies.