Asthma in children

Could complementary therapies help my child’s asthma?

Some people are interested in complementary therapies, such as breathing exercises, yoga and hypnotherapy. 

These can help to reduce stress, although more research is needed into their effectiveness in controlling asthma. Complementary therapies should never be used as a replacement for your child’s asthma medication.

Lifestyle changes alongside your child’s treatment plan, like eating a balanced diet and getting enough exercise, can also help your child to be healthier.

Always check with your GP or asthma nurse before starting any type of complementary therapy alongside their asthma treatment.

The Asthma UK website has more information about complementary therapies.

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Last medically reviewed: September 2019. Due for review: September 2022

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