Ex­plor­ing op­tions

Al­ter­na­tive medicine goes main­stream in the uS.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HEALTH -

About a month ago, she went to Es­tores, who pre­scribed botan­i­cal sup­ple­ments, in­clud­ing se­le­nium and sea­weed con­tain­ing io­dine. Duffy tol­er­ates the com­bi­na­tion well.

“I was so lucky to find a doc­tor like her. I want to try ev­ery­thing first that’s not in­va­sive, but reg­u­lar doc­tors do not un­der­stand about sup­ple­ments, and few be­lieve in med­i­ta­tion and yoga,” said Duffy, a Brazil­ian na­tive who has prac­tised yoga, med­i­ta­tion and tai chi for decades.

That ac­cep­tance will likely in­crease as, across Florida, more med­i­cal stu­dents are be­ing trained in the emerg­ing field of in­te­gra­tive medicine.

This fall, Es­tores will teach a course on the sub­ject to fourth-year UF med­i­cal stu­dents.

At UCF’s Col­lege of Medicine, Dr Lisa Barkley, as­sis­tant dean for di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion, said, “We teach our med­i­cal stu­dents to in­cor­po­rate com­ple­men­tary meth­ods into their care plans along with more tra­di­tional ap­proaches. It’s im­por­tant they un­der­stand other per­spec­tives, al­ter­na­tives and cul­tures.”

Ricci is grate­ful for the philo­soph­i­cal shift. Af­ter her dou­ble mas­tec­tomy in De­cem­ber 2011, the busi­ness an­a­lyst and mother of three grown daugh­ters ex­pe­ri­enced painful mus­cle spasms and skin tight­en­ing around her chest and back.

She took pain med­i­ca­tion and mus­cle re­lax­ants but didn’t want to be­come de­pen­dent on pills. “I was pretty mis­er­able,” she said. “The mus­cles were so tight through my breast and back that it was a strug­gle to

Al­ter­na­tive rem­edy: Kim ricci re­laxes with acupunc­ture nee­dles in her ear while re­ceiv­ing a treat­ment. ricci, a breast cancer sur­vivor, started acupunc­ture to re­lieve pain af­ter a rec­om­men­da­tion from her on­col­o­gist. — MCT

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.