Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What are some natural treatments for asthma?
A: Perhaps the most promising natural treatment for asthma is the herb tylophora. Another possibility is an herb more famous for rheumatoid arthritis, boswellia. The herb Coleus forskohlii may also be helpful, but it is really more like a drug than an herb. Vitamin C also appears to be somewhat helpful. The Chinese herb ma huang is definitely effective for mild asthma, but it isn’t safe.
None of these treatments have been shown to be effective for severe asthma. Do not stop your standard asthma medication except on the advice of a physician.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao products helpful for asthma: “Lung Congestion”, “Breathe Ease”, “Perpetual Shield”, and “Yang Exhaustion”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.