The Current Evidence of Integrative Approaches to Pediatric Asthma

Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2016 Jun;46(6):190-4. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2015.12.009. Epub 2016 Jan 28.


Asthma is a complex, multifactorial, and inflammatory chronic condition, and many children who are diagnosed with asthma integrate complementary therapies into their overall care. Due to the chronic nature of asthma, potentially negative side effects of long-term use of allopathic medications, and desire for natural approaches, patients and their families turn toward complementary therapies. Up to 89% of parents use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat their child's asthma. This article reviews the current evidence on the most commonly used complementary therapies for pediatric asthma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Breathing Exercises / methods
  • Child
  • Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Complementary Therapies / methods
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Integrative Medicine / methods*
  • Life Style
  • Phytotherapy / methods
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena