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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.001.0001

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Complementary medicine for respiratory diseases

Complementary medicine for respiratory diseases

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(p.67) Chapter 4 Complementary medicine for respiratory diseases
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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
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Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0004

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

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