Title

Perspectives on complementary and alternative therapies in asthma

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

12-1-2008

Abstract

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects millions of individuals living in the USA. Proper asthma management is essential for controlling asthma symptoms and exacerbations. In recent years, however, there has been increased recognition of individuals using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat asthma. This article reviews the status of the current literature on various cultural factors that influence CAM use. In addition, current research of two widely used forms of CAM, herbal remedies and relaxation techniques, is presented. Future directions and recommendations to increase the methodological rigor of CAM research are discussed, particularly as they pertain to herbal remedies and relaxation strategies. The importance of well-designed research studies, including observational studies and randomized controlled trials, is highlighted. © 2008 Expert Reviews Ltd.

Publication Title

Expert Review of Clinical Immunology

Volume

4

Issue

6

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