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Keywords:

  • complementary medicine;
  • alternative medicine;
  • integrative medicine;
  • children;
  • pulmonary disorders

Abstract

With increased awareness of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) and concern of potential adverse effects or limited effectiveness of conventional medications, patients and parents are looking to CAM approaches as either an alternative or as adjunct therapy, especially for chronic diseases such as asthma or cystic fibrosis. It is important that practitioners have adequate information so that patients and parents receive balanced and accurate information, especially regarding safety and potential efficacy. This review provides an overview of some of the more frequently used CAM therapies for children with chronic pulmonary disorders and summarizes the basic principles of each modality, along with efficacy and safety data. Pediatr. Pulmonol. 2011; 46:530–544. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.