Complementary and alternative medicine in pulmonology

John D. Mark, Youngran Chung*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose of review To provide a comprehensive review of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for the treatment of pulmonary disorders in children. Recent findings The use of complementary medicine (CAM) is commonly used by both children and adults with breathing problems, and especially in chronic pulmonary disorders such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. Many clinics and hospitals now offer CAM, even though most of the conventionally trained health practitioners have little knowledge or education regarding CAM therapies. Research in CAM that demonstrates overall benefit is lacking, especially in children. Often parents do not report CAM use to their child's healthcare provider and this could compromise their overall quality of care. Although many research studies evaluating CAM therapies have methodological flaws, data exist to support CAM therapies in treating children with pulmonary disorders. Summary This review examines the latest evidence of CAM use and effectiveness in children with pulmonary disorders. Physicians should be aware of the many CAM therapy options and the research surrounding them in order to provide their patients with the most current and accurate information available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-340
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent opinion in pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • asthma
  • complementary and alternative medicine
  • cystic fibrosis
  • integrative medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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