Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Rhinology

  • Marcelo B. Antunes
  • Edwin Tamashiro
  • Noam A. Cohen

Complementary and alternative medicine encompasses a wide range of practices. Eisenberg et al. defined this practice as “medical interventions not taught widely at U.S. medical schools or generally available at U.S. hospitals” [1]. Recently, a great interest has developed for the practice of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), as evidenced by the number of publications on this subject. In 1999, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), which is funding research in this area. This is a further indication that “Western Medicine” is embracing certain aspects of the alternative practices and attempting to glean knowledge from these long-practiced remedies. Unfortunately, for practitioners in the U.S. many of the studies evaluating the efficacy of CAM have been published in languages other than English.

In 1990, a survey reported that one third of the population of the United States used some form of...


Allergic Rhinitis Common Cold Chronic Rhinosinusitis Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Sham Acupuncture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo B. Antunes
  • Edwin Tamashiro
  • Noam A. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Instructor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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