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Integrative medical approaches to allergic rhinitis

Asher, Benjamin F.; Seidman, Michael D.; Reddy, William D.; Omole, Folashade S.

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: June 2015 - Volume 23 - Issue 3 - p 221–225
doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000152
ALLERGY: Edited by Sandra Y. Lin

Purpose of review Complementary and integrative medicine (CIM), formerly known as alternative medicine, is now part of the mainstream management for patients with a host of medical issues. This current opinion focuses on the use of CIM, more specifically, the use of nutritional and herbal therapies and homeopathic medications for patients with allergic symptoms.

Recent findings The literature review revealed that naturally occurring substances when compared with placebo more often than not resulted in significant improvement of the allergic rhinitis symptoms.

Summary Despite encouraging results, additional studies with greater rigor are needed.

aAsher Integrative Ear, Nose and Throat, New York, USA

bDepartment of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Henry Ford Health System

cIntegrative Healthcare Policy Consortium, Pinecrest Wellness Center

dMorehouse School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine

Correspondence to Benjamin F. Asher, MD, FACS, Private Practice Asher Integrative Ear, Nose and Throat, 200 W. 57th Street, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10019, USA. Tel: +1 212 223 4225; e-mail:

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