Friday, December 12, 2008

Alternative Medicine Gaining Popularity Among Unlikely Groups


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Alternative healing techniques like acupuncture are gaining ever increasing levels of popularity among even the most unlikely of groups, including children and soldiers on the battlefield.

A new study by
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 1 in 9 children are using some form of alternative medicine. Herbal remedies, such as echinacea, which is often used for colds, are the most popular.

Children were five times more likely to use an alternative treatment if they had a parent who did. Children covered by private health insurance were also more likely to utilize alternative remedies than children covered by public insurance programs or uninsured children.

The same survey found that about 1 in 4 adults use some form of alternative medicine. Many of them are seeking relief from chronic pain, such as headaches and migraines and neck and back pain. They are most often utilizing acupuncture, chiropractic care and massage therapy.

This seems to reflect the approach taken by me and a lot of my fellow migraineur friends from around the Web. We're eager to incorporate these alternative approaches with more mainstream options to give ourselves the best possible chance of pain relief.

According to Wired Magazine, the Air Force will begin teaching battlefield acupuncture early in 2009 to physicians who will be deployed to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. You know alternative has hit the mainstream when the military beings utilizing it in a battle zone.

Sources:
Many Americans Turning to Unconventional Medicine
Air Force to Use 'Battlefield Acupuncture' for Pain Relief

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