Alternative medicine a prickly subject

Opinion: Alternative healing or quackery?

A man receives a reiki treatment. While alternative therapies can be valuable, some cross the line, according to Dr. Paul Offit.

Cigna also covers massage therapy when used in conjunction with another approved treatment for chronic pain or physical therapy. Other, lesser-known therapies are not covered because there is no “proven evidence of therapeutic value,” Slitt says. Aetna Inc. covers the same three services on some of its plans, with similar stipulations, says spokeswoman Anjie Coplin. For members of Kaiser Permanente’s health maintenance organization, complementary and alternative treatments typically aren’t covered under employer-sponsored and individual plans. If an employer chooses, they can add a supplemental plan to their coverage for services like chiropractic or acupuncture.
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While most herb and spice are harmless and can even promote health , there are some that not recommend to be taken because they came be harmful when eating or may react with medications. It is important to speak with your doctor before using an herb or spice as an alternative medicine . Related topics
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Alternative Medicine Use Common In Kids With Chronic Conditions: Study

Bogus treatments have included ion-exchange machines, lymphatic drainage massage, electrical or magnetic stimulation, Rife machines, hyperbaric oxygen chambers, intravenous immunoglobulins, and stem-cell transplantation. Some of these same therapies are offered for “chronic” Lyme disease and cancer. Dramatically different disorders, identical cures. All quite expensive and all without any chance of actually working. Docs should know about kids and alternative medicine The therapist promotes ‘magical thinking’ Reiki masters who claim they can manipulate healing energies; chiropractors who claim that all diseases are caused by misaligned spines; homeopaths who claim that their highly diluted potions contain even a single molecule of an active ingredient; acupuncturists who claim that healing can only be achieved by balancing yin and yang; or naturopaths who claim that a drug found in nature is different from a drug synthesized by a pharmaceutical company (when they have the exact same molecular structure) are appealing to our sense of magic. And although the notion of something beyond our level of understanding is attractive, current gaps in medical knowledge aren’t going to be filled by energy fields, acupuncture meridians, or the notion that all things natural must be good for you.
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10 commonly herbs/spices that are used as alternative medicine

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“The use of [alternative medicine] is always going to be much higher in those kids who have a specific condition, particularly one not well-treated with conventional medicine, because parents are always asking, ‘What can I do to help my kid?'” said Dr. Joyce Frye, an integrative physician and epidemiologist with the University of Maryland’s Center for Integrative Medicine, who did not work on the study. 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 trichophyton treatment 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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