Currently, there are no reliable data documenting the effects of CAM treatment on asthma, although this does not automatically mean that CAM is worthless.
In most studies, it is difficult to sift out exactly what it is in the treatment that is effective, as most therapists tend to treat each subject in a unique manner.
Scientifically well-controlled, randomised CAM trials are possible and should be performed.
To review the range of complementary and alternative (CAM) treatments currently available.
To provide information about the systematic overviews in the Cochrane database concerning CAM and asthma.
Summary Asthma and allergies are chronic conditions that cause considerable distress. In most cases, the use of modern medical therapy can control these conditions; however, there is still no cure for asthma. Therefore, many patients and, in the case of children, many parents seek CAM. This is often, but not always, concealed from the doctor treating the patient. Traditionally, there has been an antagonistic relationship between CAM and orthodox medicine, and this is why many patients do not inform their doctors that they are seeking CAM. This study aims to assess the current clinical medical value of CAM.
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