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Acupuncture for Asthma: Fact or Fiction?

Joseph Varon, MD, FCCP; Robert E. Fromm, Jr, MD, MPH, FCCP; Paul E. Marik, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Houston, TX
 ,  Pittsburgh, PA
 ,  Dr. Varon and Dr. Fromm are Associate Professors of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Marik is Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Correspondence to: Joseph Varon, MD, FCCP, 2219 Dorrington, Houston, TX 77030; e-mail: jvaron@roamer.net



Chest. 2002;121(5):1387-1388. doi:10.1378/chest.121.5.1387
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Results of a 1998 survey indicate that 42% of adults in the United States consult alternative medical practitioners and spend an estimated $27 billion annually on alternative medical therapies.1 Alternative and complementary therapies are sought most frequently for chronic disabling conditions, including back pain, anxiety, depression, headaches, arthritis, HIV infection, and chronic allergic disorders, such as allergic rhinitis and asthma.12 The most common alternative therapies used in the United States include herbal medicine, chiropractic, megavitamins, homeopathy, spiritual healing, and acupuncture.1

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