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Prim Care. 2010 Jun;37(2):297-324. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2010.02.007.

Common respiratory diseases.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, Irvine School of Medicine, University of California, 101 The City Drive South, Building 200, Suite 512, Irvine, Orange, CA 92868, USA.


The self-medication phenomenon in upper respiratory tract infections, rhinosinusitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are significant and will continue to increase. Current level of evidence is poor because of the small number of good quality studies, small sample size, short duration, and variation in the composition of the herbal interventions or therapies. The current review points to several potential therapies that could be effective either alone, or as adjuncts to conventional therapies.

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