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J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2000 Oct;106(4):603-14.

Alternative medicine for allergy and asthma.

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Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Sylmar, CA 91342, USA.


Orthodox medical approaches to asthma and allergic respiratory diseases are provided in guidelines developed by professional societies and national or state organizations that represent organized medicine. Alternative therapies may include such orthodox medical therapies as obsolescent formerly used agents, unusual but accepted agents, and agents that are in favor for orthodox therapy in other countries. However, the current growth of complementary and alternative medicine is based on the use of nonorthodox remedies that are becoming increasingly popular with patients and that should be familiar to physicians. Asthma and allergies are frequently treated with such remedies by patients, either as part of self-therapy or on the advice of a complementary and alternative medicine practitioner. The most popular alternative medical treatments are herbs (Western and Asiatic), acupuncture, various types of body manipulation, psychologic therapies, homeopathy, and unusual allergy therapies. There is little evidence in favor of most of these unorthodox treatments, although they are very often reported on favorably by patients. The published evidence that might support some alternative medical practices is reviewed so as to help physicians select alternatives that could appropriately be integrated into orthodox practice.

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