Asthma

Alternative and complementary therapies

Some people we interviewed had tried using treatments and therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnosis, Buteyko and other breathing techniques. There is little scientific evidence that these types of therapies are effective, especially used on their own. Asthma UK recommend that it is better to see them as 'complementary' and working alongside conventional medicines - rather than as an 'alternative'.

Mary has been thinking about seeing a nutritionist, and has also tried reflexology in addition to her usual treatments. Faisal takes a number of supplements to his diet mainly because he finds it difficult to lose the extra weight he thinks he has gained through using steroid treatments. Jenny says that she sometimes feels a bit frustrated when people who have no health problems suggest that she should use natural remedies instead of the steroids.

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