Use of complementary therapies (also known as complementary and alternative medicine) for asthma is common in the Australian population.
This information paper provides an evidence-based summary of the effectiveness of various complementary therapies used by people with asthma.
This information paper was prepared in consultation with the following health professionals:
And with the assistance of Ms Lesh Karan, medical writer.
The NAC also wishes to thank:
Ms Sarah Thorning (trials search coordinator, Bond University) Associate Professor Hiran Selvadurai, paediatric respiratory physician.
Supported through funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.
National Asthma Council Australia
Asthma and Complementary Therapies: An information paper for health professionals
Melbourne: National Asthma Council Australia, 2013.
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A PDF copy of the references is available here.
A corresponding version of this information paper has been developed for people with asthma and their carers: Asthma & Complementary Therapies: A guide to the use of complementary therapies for those living with asthma
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Although all care has been taken, this information paper is only a general guide; it is not a substitute for assessment of appropriate courses of treatment on a case-by-case basis. The National Asthma Council Australia expressly disclaims all responsibility (including negligence) for any loss, damage or personal injury resulting from reliance on the information contained.