NEW YORK – Use of herbal remedies results in poorer quality of life and increased frequency of symptoms in asthma patients, according to a study published this month in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).
“Results indicate patients using herbal remedies are less likely to take their prescribed medications,” said
The study tracked 326 asthma patients over a 33-month period. Of those, 25 percent reported herbal remedy use and lower adherence to use of prescribed inhaled corticosteroids (ICS). Patients using herbal remedies were younger, more likely to have been hospitalized or intubated for asthma, have concerns about possible adverse effects of ICS and have difficulty following a medication schedule.
“Patients interested in herbal remedies need to use them to complement treatment and not as an alternative, or they will not maximize their health and may actually hinder it as this study shows,” said
Consumers and patients can take a simple online test to gauge their asthma symptoms and obtain a personalized plan on how to get relief at http://www.AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org.
“Anyone with asthma should be able to feel good, be active all day and sleep well at night,” said