Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Doctors Asked to Warn Against Royal Jelly for Asthma Patients

Doctors Urged to Warn on Asthma Alternatives
By Tamara McLean, AAP (Australia), 11/14/2006

New national asthma guidelines urge doctors to warn patients about the dangers of using complementary remedies to treat their condition.

The National Asthma Council Australia handbook on how best to manage asthma also cautions sufferers about the condition's newly discovered links with depression.

Regarded as the “gold standard” for asthma treatment, the report is the first official update on medications, devices and other recommendations since 2002.

Released this week, the document tackles the growing trend towards complementary therapies for the first time.

It warns that popular 'remedies' such as echinacea and royal jelly may cause life-threatening anaphylaxis in people with allergies and asthma…

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