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“Alternative” Therapies For Asthma : Reason For Concern?

Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD
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Affiliations: Exeter, United Kingdom 
 ,  Professor Ernst is from the Department of Complementary Medicine, School of Sport Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Exeter.

Correspondence to: E. Ernst, MD, PhD, Department of Complementary Medicine, University of Exeter, 25 Victoria Park Rd, Exeter EX2 4NT, United Kingdom, e-mail: E.Ernst@exeter.ac.uk



Chest. 2001;120(5):1433-1434. doi:10.1378/chest.120.5.1433
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In this issue of CHEST (see page 1461), Blanc et al report the results of a California survey showing that, in 1999, the 1-year prevalence of “alternative therapy” (AT) usage by patients suffering from asthma or rhinosinusitis was 42%. This figure exactly matches the 1-year prevalence figure determined in 1997 for the general population of the United States.1 In the survey by Blanc et al, the most frequently used oral treatments were ephedra, Chinese herbal mixtures, and caffeine products.

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