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Alternative Medicine on the Rise

Do You Use Alternative Medicine as a Form of Treatment?

More people are turning to alternative methods of healing: things like massage-, meditation-, and yoga-therapy are all on the rise, says a new study. While some seek use of these therapies to complement an existing form of traditional medicine, many are turning to it because they can't afford conventional treatment. The study, which was published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, says that in 1990, 1/3 of all Americans had tried some sort of alternative medicine, by 2002 that number had doubled, and has since grown at a rate of 14 percent.

While I do see a regular physician, I did seek out acupuncture and yoga to treat a back injury I suffered rather than use the pain pills that were prescribed to me. How about you?

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amber512 amber512 6 years
I said no, because I can't afford either!
appleonmysleeve appleonmysleeve 6 years
I went to an acupuncturist to help my cycle to become more regular within TWO MONTHS, my cycle changed from 36-41 days to 28-30 days in length. Which is a bid deal when trying to conceive...
stellaRuby stellaRuby 6 years
It depends on what the substitute is for. I use alternative medicines for things like colds, burns, headaches and muscle pain, but I would use traditional medicine for major health problems.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I think alternative medicine is great for prevention and to compliment western medicine, but i don't think it's an appropriate substitute. Sad to hear this.
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