The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    The value of breathing training in asthma

    Surveys suggest many people with asthma use it, often without the knowledge of their healthcare providers.

    Researchers at the University of Southampton, in the UK, reviewed the evidence.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Current evidence suggests that breathing training programs can improve patient-reported outcomes such as symptoms, quality of life, and psychological impact.
    • There’s also evidence that such programs may reduce the use of rescue bronchodilator medication.
    • There’s little evidence that airways physiology, hyper-responsiveness or inflammation is affected by such training.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded that the evidence suggests that breathing training programs can be effective in improving  symptoms, quality of life and psychological issues; and may reduce the use of rescue bronchodilator medication.”

    However, “The optimal way of providing breathing training within the context of routine asthma care is still uncertain.”

    4/8/11 20:32 JR

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