The American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP), representing the principal manufacturers and distributors of homeopathic medicines in the United States, said today it fully supports the Food and Drug Administration’s position that consumers should seek the advice of their health care provider if they suspect they or their children are experiencing symptoms of asthma, which includes, but is not limited to, shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, and/or coughing. The AAHP supports the concern that self-treatment of suspected or diagnosed asthma without the advice of a health care provider may place consumers at risk.

Consumers with diagnosed asthma should seek regular advice from their health care provider for management of intermittent and chronic asthma symptoms. If consumers wish to include homeopathic medicines in their asthma treatment plan, the AAHP suggests consumers seek evaluation by a homeopathic physician who has completed post-graduate medical training in the selection of homeopathic medicines for individual cases.

Homeopathic medicines have a long history of safe use among consumers for many conditions amenable to self-treatment. Families have relied on homeopathic medicines to relieve symptoms of colds, coughs, influenza, allergies, muscle soreness, digestive disorders and teething, among other indications, for more than 100 years. The AAHP recommends consumers read and follow label directions when using any over-the-counter medicine.

The AAHP is the leading educational organization for manufacturing, marketing and labeling of homeopathic drug products. Manufacturers and marketers of homeopathic medicines who would like to learn more about the regulatory requirements for labeling and marketing homeopathic medicines may contact the AAHP at www.theaahp.org. Consumers who are interested in learning more about homeopathy may visit the following websites: AAHP: https://www.theaahp.org; American Institute of Homeopathy: http://www.homeopathyusa.org; or National Center for Homeopathy: http://www.homeopathic.org.