Use of alternative and complementary therapies for pediatric asthma

Tex Med. 2001 Jun;97(6):64-8.


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. Use of over-the-counter medications and vitamins was similar among groups. Three herbal remedies were potentially toxic: lobelia, possible pennyroyal mint, and tree tea oil. Medical histories for all patients should include inquiries into the use of alternative therapies.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Asthma / drug therapy
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Black or African American
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Medical History Taking
  • Texas
  • White People


  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents