Natural Asthma Remedies

( — If you have asthma or care for someone who does, you probably already know that prescription drugs are the largest medical expense related to asthma. According to the American Lung Association, asthma meds cost $6 billion a year in the United States.

Thanks to the price tag, and maybe even the pain of keeping track of all that medicine, you may be considering trying a natural treatment to help manage your asthma.

But first, before you head to your local natural food store or herbal supplement aisle, it’s important to talk to your doctor and investigate the various alternative remedies out there and make sure that the natural remedy you’re considering is not only effective, but safe.

Does Alternative Asthma Treatment Work?

A number of people with asthma seek an alternative treatment to enhance control of their asthma symptoms.

“Many people do use alternative medicines, especially for allergic disease,” notes Anju Peters, MD, associate professor in the division of allergy at Northwestern University’s Feinburg School of Medicine and an allergy and asthma specialist in the division of allergy/immunology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.