Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways of the lungs. The lining swells and the smooth muscles squeeze. This causes wheezing, coughing, and trouble breathing. Many factors may trigger an attack. Severe attacks can be fatal.
There is no cure. Standard treatments for an acute attack include rescue medicine. They quickly relax the muscles of the airway and reduce swelling. Long-term medicine and avoiding triggers can also help to reduce the number of attacks. Some natural therapies may help to better manage symptoms. They should only be used along with standard care.
May Be Effective
The following herbs may be effective in reducing symptoms of asthma:
The following therapies may be effective in reducing symptoms of asthma:
Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.
Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution
Talk to your doctor about all herbs or pills you are taking. Some may get in the way of your treatment or other health problems you may have.
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Richard Glickman-Simon, MD Last Updated: 3/27/2019