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Complementary medicine for respiratory diseases

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0004

Series: Supportive Care Series

Complementary medicine for respiratory diseases

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This chapter examines several commonly used complementary therapies in the management of respiratory diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease, and advanced cancer-related breathlessness. These complementary therapies include acupuncture, herbalism, and homeopathy. Evidence from randomised controlled trials reveals that acupuncture, homoeopathy, and yoga are promising therapies. The chapter suggests that complementary therapies should be rigorously tested so that patients can be better informed about which treatments will benefit them most and that more research is needed to determine the benefit of risk profiling each therapy.

Keywords: complementary therapies; respiratory diseases; asthma; obstructive airways; breathlessness; acupuncture; homeopathy; herbalism; yoga

Chapter.  5559 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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