Com­ple­ment­ing mod­ern medicine

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HEALTH -

Though pro­po­nents of the in­te­gra­tive trend ar­gue that adding al­ter­na­tive treat­ments to tra­di­tional medicine could re­duce health­care costs over­all by less­en­ing pain and in­creas­ing com­pli­ance, in­sur­ance com­pa­nies ap­prove few treat­ments.

Most pa­tients, in­clud­ing Ricci, pay out of pocket. Ricci pays US$50 (RM160) for each one-hour acupunc­ture ses­sion.

Dr Frank Stone, an in­ternist and pae­di­a­tri­cian at Florida Hos­pi­tal, un­der­stands the re­sis­tance among some of his col­leagues.

“We like to think we’re sci­en­tists and can prove what works, but not ev­ery­thing in life lends it­self to that ap­proach.”

Whether it makes sense sci­en­tif­i­cally isn’t re­ally rel­e­vant if it helps, said Stone, who doesn’t pre­scribe al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pies him­self.

“Mod­ern medicine of­ten ig­nores the con­nec­tion be­tween mind and body,” Stone said.

“If the brain thinks it’s help­ing, then the body has a re­lated re­sponse. If peo­ple be­lieve it will make a dif­fer­ence, it makes a dif­fer­ence.” — The Or­lando Sen­tinel/ McClatchy-Tri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

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