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The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Pediatric Food-Allergic Patients in Japan.
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PMID:  22846790     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: In developed countries, increasing food allergy prevalence and concern regarding food allergies have been reported. Although the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for the treatment of allergic diseases has increased in some Western countries, the actual proportion and patterns of CAM use for pediatric food allergies in Japan are still unknown. Methods: Fourteen allergy centers in Japan participated in the study using a questionnaire survey regarding the use of CAM by pediatric patients. A diagnosis of food allergy was made at each hospital by pediatric allergists. Results: Surveys were completed by parents/guardians, and data were collected for a total of 962 pediatric food-allergic patients. Overall, 8.4% of the participants used CAM to treat a food allergy. The major CAM therapies used were herbal teas (22.2%), including several Japanese herbal teas, Chinese herbal medicine (18.5%) and lactic acid bacteria (16%). Among the participants using CAM to treat food allergy, 13.6% thought that the CAM being used was very effective, while 11.1% of participants thought that CAM caused some type of side effect. Conclusions: Our study is the first large-scale national survey regarding the use of CAM in pediatric patients with food allergies in Japan. Unlike in the USA, which has a higher rate of CAM use (17%), approximately 8.4% of food-allergic patients used CAM in Japan. Interestingly, the major types of CAM used in Japan differed from those used in the USA. Cultural differences and food customs may affect the use of CAM.
Taiji Nakano; Naoki Shimojo; Yoshitaka Okamoto; Motohiro Ebisawa; Kazuyuki Kurihara; Akira Hoshioka; Koichi Yamaguchi; Komei Ito; Takao Fujisawa; Makoto Kameda; Yutaka Suehiro; Hideo Ogura; Rumiko Shibata; Shuichi Suzuki; Yutaka Takahashi; Masanori Ikeda; Yoichi Kohno
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  International archives of allergy and immunology     Volume:  159     ISSN:  1423-0097     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9211652     Medline TA:  Int Arch Allergy Immunol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  410-415     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Department of Pediatrics, Head and Neck Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba City, Japan.
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