Anti-Asthmatic Agents

Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of an integrative medicine approach to the management of asthma compared to standard clinical care on quality of life (QOL) and clinical outcomes. METHODS: This was a prospective parallel group repeated measurement randomized design. Participants were adults aged 18 to 80 years with asthma. The intervention consisted of six group sessions on the use of nutritional manipulation, yoga techniques, and journaling. Participants also received nutritional supplements: fish oil, vitamin C, and a standardized hops extract.

Author(s): 
Kligler, Benjamin
Homel, Peter
Blank, Arthur E.
Kenney, Jeanne
Levenson, Hanniel
Merrell, Woodson
Publication Title: 
Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine

In asthma management, complementary and alternative medicine is enjoying a growing popularity worldwide. This review synthesizes the literature on complementary and alternative medicine techniques that utilize breathing retraining as their primary component and compares evidence from controlled trials with before-and-after trials. Medline, PubMed, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature and the Cochrane Library electronic databases were searched. Reference lists of all publications were manually checked to identify studies not found through electronic searching.

Author(s): 
Burgess, John
Ekanayake, Buddhini
Lowe, Adrian
Dunt, David
Thien, Francis
Dharmage, Shyamali C.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

A Preschool Asthma Program was conducted 4 times for children 2 to 5 years of age and their parent(s). Twenty-five (25) child-parent(s) participated in the 7-session program. Data were collected prior to participation and again one year after completion of classes. Following participation, physician visits for asthma were reduced (p = 0.0013) and parents reported increased confidence in self-management skills. Symptom severity scores improved significantly after participation (p < 0.001).

Author(s): 
Kohen, D. P.
Wynne, E.
Publication Title: 
Allergy and Asthma Proceedings: The Official Journal of Regional and State Allergy Societies

Adult asthmatics, ranging from 19 to 52 years from an asthma and allergy clinic in a university setting volunteered to participate in the study. The 17 students were randomly divided into yoga (9 subjects) and nonyoga control (8 subjects) groups. The yoga group was taught a set of breathing and relaxation techniques including breath slowing exercises (pranayama), physical postures (yogasanas), and meditation. Yoga techniques were taught at the university health center, three times a week for 16 weeks.

Author(s): 
Vedanthan, P. K.
Kesavalu, L. N.
Murthy, K. C.
Duvall, K.
Hall, M. J.
Baker, S.
Nagarathna, S.
Publication Title: 
Allergy and Asthma Proceedings: The Official Journal of Regional and State Allergy Societies

Adult asthmatics, ranging from 19 to 52 years from an asthma and allergy clinic in a university setting volunteered to participate in the study. The 17 students were randomly divided into yoga (9 subjects) and nonyoga control (8 subjects) groups. The yoga group was taught a set of breathing and relaxation techniques including breath slowing exercises (pranayama), physical postures (yogasanas), and meditation. Yoga techniques were taught at the university health center, three times a week for 16 weeks.

Author(s): 
Vedanthan, P. K.
Kesavalu, L. N.
Murthy, K. C.
Duvall, K.
Hall, M. J.
Baker, S.
Nagarathna, S.
Publication Title: 
BMC pulmonary medicine

BACKGROUND: There is a substantial body of evidence on the efficacy of yoga in the management of bronchial asthma. Many studies have reported, as the effects of yoga on bronchial asthma, significant improvements in pulmonary functions, quality of life and reduction in airway hyper-reactivity, frequency of attacks and medication use. In addition, a few studies have attempted to understand the effects of yoga on exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) or exercise tolerance capacity.

Author(s): 
Vempati, Ramaprabhu
Bijlani, Ramesh Lal
Deepak, Kishore Kumar
Publication Title: 
Texas Medicine

This survey of 48 multicultural parents of children with asthma identifies and compares alternative and complementary treatments used for asthma, and compares any potentially effective or harmful effects. Thirty-nine (81%) of the parents used at least one form of alternative or complementary therapy to treat their child's asthma. Nontraditional therapies included prayer, over-the-counter medications, herbal teas, vitamins, and massage. African-American parents were more likely to rely on prayer, and Hispanic parents were more likely to use herbal and massage therapies.

Author(s): 
Mazur, L. J.
De Ybarrondo, L.
Miller, J.
Colasurdo, G.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

The increasing prevalence of allergic diseases in Westernized countries is a significant health problem. Curative therapies for these diseases are not available. There are also significant concerns regarding the potential side effects from the chronic use of conventional drugs such as corticosteroids, especially in children. Many patients with chronic allergic conditions seek complementary and alternative medicine therapies including traditional Chinese medicines.

Author(s): 
Li, Xiu-Min
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

BACKGROUND: Although corticosteroids and beta(2)-agonists are effective in managing asthma symptoms, a curative therapy for asthma is lacking. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), used in Asia for centuries, is beginning to play a role in Western health care as a complementary and alternative medicine modality. There is increasing scientific evidence supporting the use of TCM for asthma treatment. OBJECTIVE: This review article discusses promising TCM interventions for asthma and explores their possible mechanisms of action.

Author(s): 
Li, Xiu-Min
Brown, Laverne
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative medicines are increasingly used for the treatment of asthma in Western countries. A novel three-herb antiasthma herbal medicine intervention (ASHMI; Sino-Lion Pharmaceutical Company; Shan Dong China) was demonstrated to be effective and safe in a murine model of asthma and in a preliminary clinical study in China. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and tolerability of ASHMI in adult subjects with allergic asthma.

Author(s): 
Kelly-Pieper, Kristin
Patil, Sangita P.
Busse, Paula
Yang, Nan
Sampson, Hugh
Li, Xiu-Min
Wisnivesky, Juan P.
Kattan, Meyer

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