Annals of Thoracic Medicine
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2008  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 48--51

Unconventional therapy use among asthma patients in a tertiary care center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Mohamed S Al Moamary 
 College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences and Pulmonary Section, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed S Al Moamary
College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz for Health Sciences and King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

Objectives: Unconventional therapy (UT) is a therapeutic practice of alternative and complementary medicine that is not currently considered an integral part of modern medical practice. The aim of this article is to investigate the experience of Saudi patients with UT modalities in the treatment of asthma. Materials and Methods: We carried out a cross-sectional study of asthma patients referred to King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during the year 2004. Information was collected using a pre-designed questionnaire administered through interviews. Results: Two hundred consecutive patients with a mean age of 52.3 years (18.7) were included in this study. Sixty-nine (34.5%) of those patients used some form of UT in the previous year. There was a tendency to use UT among the older age group ( P = 0.029) and among those with longer duration of disease ( P = 0.009). However, there was no significant correlation observed between the use of UT and gender, FEV 1 , or disease control. The most commonly used form of UT was recitation of Holy Quran (9%), honey (24.5%), herbs (23.5%), cautery (12%), and blackseed (10%). There was no significant correlation between disease control and the use of modalities. Conclusion: Unconventional therapy is frequently practiced by asthma patients in Saudi Arabia, who commonly believe that UT will lead to improvement. The lack of evidence necessitates the fostering of a national project to address the practice of UT.


How to cite this article:
Al Moamary MS. Unconventional therapy use among asthma patients in a tertiary care center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Ann Thorac Med 2008;3:48-51


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Al Moamary MS. Unconventional therapy use among asthma patients in a tertiary care center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Ann Thorac Med [serial online] 2008 [cited 2022 Aug 11 ];3:48-51
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