Asthma Management Handbook

Warning patients about alternative diagnostic practices

Recommendations

If patients are likely to visit practitioners who offer alternative diagnostic tests, explain that none of the following alternative diagnostic practices should be used in the diagnosis of asthma or allergies:

  • cytotoxic testing (Bryans’ or Alcat testing)
  • hair analysis
  • iridology
  • kinesiology
  • oral provocation and neutralisation
  • pulse testing
  • radionics (psionic medicine, dowsing)
  • tests for ‘dysbiosis’
  • vega testing (electrodermal testing)
  • VoiceBio.
How this recommendation was developed

Adapted from existing guidance

Based on reliable clinical practice guideline(s) or position statement(s):

  • Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, 20071

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Alternative diagnostic tests for asthma and allergy

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) recommends against the following techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of allergy, asthma and immune disorders because they have not been shown to be reliable or accurate:1

  • cytotoxic testing (Bryans’ or Alcat testing)
  • hair analysis
  • iridology
  • kinesiology
  • oral provocation and neutralisation
  • pulse testing
  • radionics (psionic medicine, dowsing)
  • tests for ‘dysbiosis’
  • vega testing (electrodermal testing)
  • VoiceBio.

ASCIA also recommends against the use of conventional tests in the investigation of allergies in inappropriate clinical situations, or where the results are presented in a manner amenable to misinterpretation, e.g:1

  • food-specific IgE (RAST, ImmunoCap testing)
  • food-specific IgG, IgG4
  • lymphocyte subset analysis.
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References

  1. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), ASCIA Position Statement. Unorthodox Techniques for the Diagnosis and Treatment of allergy, Asthma and Immune Disorders, ASCIA 2007. Available from: http://www.allergy.org.au/health-professionals/papers/unorthodox-techniques-for-diagnosis-and-treatment