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Herbal Therapies: What Allergist–Immunologists Should Know Regarding Patient Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Abstract:

The use of complementary and alternative medicine has dramatically increased in the United States, which necessitates that physicians have knowledge of different modalities, possible benefits, and potential adverse reactions. Internet access and numerous magazines are available to patients for self-administration. Numerous herbal interventions have been used for asthma and allergic disorders, and conventional physicians should question their patients about their use and be knowledgeable about toxicity and scientifically well-controlled studies. This article will focus on allergic rhinitis and asthma, though numerous other therapies are utilized in complementary and alternative medicine. The allergist-immunologist should meet the challenge to understand the patient's need for alternative healing while monitoring for potential allergic reactions.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: July 1, 2001

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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