Defining Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Most parents, says Vohra, will deny that their children are taking alternative therapies, even if they are — and not because they want to intentionally deceive their doctors. “They don’t think of herbs as medicine,” says Vohra. “So doctors should ask parents, ‘What are all the therapies, including complementary medicines, that your child is taking?'” TIME.com: Milk for kids: 2 cups a day, no more and no less Even if doctors and patients have more open discussions about alternative therapies, however, better knowledge about CAM approaches and their long-term effects is needed as well. That way, pediatricians can provide more scientifically based answers to questions about how safe and effective the therapies are. “It’s like asking if surgery effective,” she says.
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Alternative Medicine Use Common In Kids With Chronic Conditions: Study
Mind-body medicine includes treatments that focus on how our mental and emotional status interacts and affects the body’s ability to function. Examples include meditation and various therapies expressed through art and music. Whole medical systems. This category refers to complete systems of medical theory and practice, many of which go back thousands of years and have roots in non-Western cultures.
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Because there is no clear definition of the term, any health care system, practice or product outside of Western medicine is generally grouped under the label of complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM. In the new study, published online in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, researchers asked more than 900 parents of children at two children’s hospitals in Canada whether their children had ever used alternative medicine and, if so, how. The patients were being treated in cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology or respiratory clinics. Almost half of the parents reported that their child had used an alternative therapy at the same time that he or she was undergoing conventional medical treatment.
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Alternative medicine is becoming mainstream
According to a July study from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, based on interviews with more than 23,300 adults during the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, almost 40% of adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine to treat a variety of conditions. They spent about $33.9 billion on these practices in 2007, accounting for about 11.2% of the public’s total out-of-pocket health expenditures. In 1997, the last time such a survey was taken, the figure was $27 billion. “Whatever this amount of the population is doing is no longer fringe,” says Dr.
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