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Survey Reveals Parents Are Eager to Learn about Alternative Medicine Options but Information is Lacking
Date:10/16/2009

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A new nationwide survey released today reveals that just 12 percent of parents with children under the age of 18 have spoken to their child's doctor about complementary and integrative approaches to medicine, yet nearly 90 percent say they want to know more. The survey, conducted by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota (Children's), assessed parents' attitudes about various approaches to treating a child's illnesses. Integrative medicine combines the best conventional medical therapies like drugs, chemotherapy and surgery, with complementary therapies like massage, acupuncture and proper nutrition.

The survey showed parents are concerned about the overuse of prescription medications with their children; 85 percent feel it's important to minimize a child's dependence on drugs, especially for behavioral issues like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or anxiety. Complementary and alternative approaches can be a solution to this concern as more natural treatments are being found to be effective in the management of a variety of children's health concerns.

Parents also feel strongly about eliminating their child's pain and improving quality of life; almost 90 percent feel both these factors are as important as treating their child's condition. Complementary and alternative medicine focuses on non-drug, less invasive therapies like acupuncture, massage and relaxation to help kids more effectively control pain, maintain mental health, and improve quality of life.

"Many children with chronic or acute health conditions seek a complementary or integrative approach only after they have exhausted all other conventional treatment options," said Timothy Culbert, MD, Medical Director of Pediatric Integrative Medicine Clinical Programs at Children's. "Parents should be aware that integrative medicine can be helpful from the onset of disease and can save time, money
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