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Alternative Medicine for Kids with Asthma?

By January 13, 2011

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In a recent study from the Canadian Respiratory Journal, researchers found that asthmatic children treated with alternative therapies were twice as likely to have poor asthma control (compared to kids not treated with alternative therapies).

For the study, more than 2,000 families with asthmatic children completed questionnaires about their strategies for asthma management. About 13 percent of parents reported using alternative therapies to treat their children's asthma. The most commonly used alternative therapies included dietary supplements, homeopathy, and acupuncture.

In past research, a number of alternative therapies (such as omega-3 fatty acid supplements) have been found to aid in asthma management. However, the recent study's authors speculate that use of alternative therapies may interfere with conventional asthma treatment (by causing interactions with certain medication, for instance) or people may avoid standard care. If you're considering the use of alternative medicine to control of your child's asthma, make sure to consult his or her physician before beginning treatment.

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January 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm
(1) CJ says:

Homeopathy has been proven in studies to be effective in treating upper respiratory tract infections and allergy (Bornhoft, et al., 2006) and upper respiratory tract diseases such as otitis media (Bellavite, et al., 2006).

Homeopathy can be used safely with conventional treatments without interference to either system of medicine. It has been proven in studies to be safe for use in infants, children, nursing mothers, pregnant women as well as in adults.

Many people use homeopathy successfully to treat their asthma and their children’s asthma.

January 14, 2011 at 10:24 pm
(2) Amin says:

very nice post but unfortunately i am a patient of Asthma since 30 years after taking a lot of medicine i am using homeopathy medicine and feel better

January 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm
(3) Louise says:

People have to find what type of therapy will work for them. There is so many alternatives now and I think it is great as one may work for one person but not for another. My son has asthma and I find that the medications don’t work for him anymore and would rather use other alternatives now. Plus how do I know what harm it is doing to his body.

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