Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Treatment of Asthma in Children in Urban (Polluted) Areas

Helen Kopnina*

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Although many publications have documented the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in children and adolescents, the recent review showed that there are only few well-controlled studies that support the efficacy of CAM in the treatment and clinical improvement of children with asthma. However, some evidence has been found that specific CAM techniques are differentially associated with psychosocial outcomes, indicating the importance of examining CAM modalities individually, as well as within culturally specific contexts. Based on the previous study of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment in children’s asthma, this study examined the efficacy of TCM in areas with differing air pollution. This study is based on a longitudinal qualitative data and observations of families of children with asthma collected between 2009 and 2012 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The study results indicate that while TCM treatment of children can be beneficial to treatment of asthma, environmental pollution renders positive effects of alternative treatment largely ineffective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Prevention and Treatment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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