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Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 93–103 | Cite as

Defining complementary and alternative medicine in allergies and asthma

Benefits and risks
  • Jennifer Heimall
  • Leonard Bielory
The Clinical Practice of Allergy

Abstract

In this review, the current literature discussing complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) interventions, the prevalence and pattern of use, examples of specific modalities and the risks of CAM for asthma and atopic disease are discussed. The specific risks of CAM interventions associated with the use of these modalities, omission of traditional therapeutic modalities, and the liability risk for physicians who either provide or counsel their patients regarding CAM interventions are also discussed.

Index Entries

Complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) allergy atopy asthma allergic rhinitis allergic conjunctivitis herbal remedies homeopathy acupuncture liability and CAM 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Allergy, Immunology, and RheumatologyNew Jersey Medical SchoolNewark
  2. 2.UMDNJ—Asthma and Allergy Research CenterNew Jersey Medical SchoolNewark

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