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NCCIH Clinical Digest

for health professionals

The NCCIH Clinical Digest is a monthly e-newsletter that summarizes the state of the science on complementary and integrative health practices for a health condition (diabetes, cancer, sleep disorders, etc.)—clinical guidelines, literature searches, continuing medical education, and information for patients.

In each issue, you'll find evidence-based information for several complementary health practices used for the highlighted condition.

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Asthma and Complementary Health Approaches

May 2022Man using an inhaler

Evidence does not support using complementary health approaches instead of proven medical management for asthma; however, when used in addition to proven medical management, complementary health approaches that help people with asthma manage stress, anxiety, or depression might help them feel better and improve their asthma control. This issue of the digest provides a summary of the current research on several modalities that have been studied for asthma, including acupuncture, breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, soy isoflavones, and vitamin D.

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