Alternative Therapy Prescribed by Doctors
by healthypages on 20/05/2011 - 05:41 pm |
Tag: Natural Remedies
Complementary therapy treatments are fast becoming more mainstream treatments. America is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of patients that are being referred to complementary and alternative medicine treatments (CAM) by their physicians. In particular, people are being recommended to tai chi, yoga, meditation and other mind-body therapies, especially when conventional treatments have failed to deliver results.
The study which was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine journal used data from the National Health Interview of 2007. Led by Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, the researchers discovered that over 6.3 million people in America (3%) were referred to mind-body therapies by their physicians. A much greater number (35 million) referred themselves say the researchers.
Nerurukar said that, "What we learned suggests that providers are referring their patients for mind-body therapies as a last resort once conventional therapeutic options have failed," adding that "It makes us wonder whether referring patients for these therapies earlier in the treatment process could lead to less use of the health care system, and possibly, better outcomes for these patients."
Almost 40% of Americans have gone for CAM treatment according to the survey. The most popular of the treatments was the use of natural products, deep breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation and chiropractic therapy in this order.
Author of the popular book: 'Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness,' Tori Hudson, warned: "Conventional medicine must recognize that natural therapies are a fundamental healing tradition of all cultures and that modern alternative medicine is also here to stay." She concluded by saying, "A combined, well-thought-out cooperative and integrative approach is often the best that medicine has to offer."