She's baaaack.....my good friend, collegue and guest
blogger Jennika Wildau, L.Ac..
Here are her ideas on how we can change our healthcare system for the better.
I. How to afford basic healthcare for all
Under a basic universal healthcare system, all Americans would be entitled to receive preventative and necessary healthcare by creating a program whereby recent graduates from all medical fields would be encouraged or required to serve 2 + years as “universal plan” providers. In other words, individuals choosing to enroll in a basic, universal (government-financed) health insurance plan would receive care primarily from younger, less experienced healthcare providers. Within these participating clinics/hospitals, there would be senior clinical supervisors overseeing and consulting with their younger associates. A monthly premium and/or co pays could be determined as a percentage of annual income, with a cap.
Those individuals who wished to receive more specialized and expanded care could purchase supplemental plans that would be privatized and outside of the government financed universal system, just as we do today with employer or individual financed private insurance plans.
Healthcare providers who opted into the universal system would be rewarded by student loan forgiveness programs and subject to contracted wages/salaries negotiated between healthcare providers and states/federal government.
II. Focus on Prevention
Along with valuable screenings, check-ups, and other disease-detecting methods, an emphasis on nutrition, exercise, and natural-based, noninvasive therapies are needed as part of a “first resort” emphasis (i.e. acupuncture, myofascial release techniques, chiropractic, and various rehabilitative exercise therapies). If these therapies were covered benefits, they would no longer be the exclusive domain of the rich and privileged. And, if there were more interface between allopathic medical providers and “alternative medicine” practitioners, physicians, nurses, and other medical specialists would gain the ability to recognize when it would be valuable and appropriate to refer patients to these “first resort” treatment options.
This would be most efficiently implemented by establishing integrative clinical settings, where patients could travel to the same facility for all their healthcare needs, and where providers worked as a team to provide customized treatment plans for each patient.
Jennika Wildau, L. Ac.
Aloha Wellness Clinic &
Aloha Annex Movement Studio
3400 Table Mesa Dr., Suite 204 & 205
Boulder, CO 80305
To read more from Jennika check out her previous post
Sunday, November 30, 2008
She's baaaack.....my good friend, collegue and guest
Friday, November 28, 2008
For those of you who ate too much at the Thanksgiving feast, I have some great herbal formulas to help digestion. But if you cannot get into see me, I have a great suggestion.
As many of my patients can attest, I am often drinking a cup of tea when they arrive at my Chicago office.
The best teas for helping to digest a heavy meal are:
My favorite brand is Traditional Medicinals which can be found at most grocery stores.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
This article is from the UK site - Bounty Nov 25 2008
"Jennifer Aniston's recent move towards acupuncture as an alternative way to boost fertility is expected to raise awareness among women trying to increase their chances of getting pregnant.
Acupuncture practitioner Andrew Loosely commented: "This will help women realize that acupuncture has an important role in fertility."The practice of acupuncture uses very fine needles to stimulate the various energy pathways in the body, with an aim to restore balance and wellness that is often affected by stress. According to experts in the field, this process is thought to help enhance a woman's chances of conceiving.
The latest figures from acupuncture clinic Health wise show that the therapeutic treatment has a success rate of more than 64% among fertility patients, compared to 25-35% associated with IVF.
For women already undergoing IVF treatment, additional acupuncture sessions are also thought to increase the odds of conception, experts advise."
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
From The New York Times
Published: November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Yesterday, I wrote generally about acupuncture and pain. Today, I want to give you a couple of up-to-date examples of athletes using acupuncture to relieve pain.
There are conflicting reports on New York Rangers’ Scott Gomez’s ankle injury and sore groin, but it has been widely reported that he is using acupuncture to reduce that pain and get him back in the lineup as soon as next week.
Another athlete, super wrestler Matt Hardy has posted on his MySpace blog that he resorted to acupuncture treatment during WWE’s tour of England. He wrote: “The lady proceeds to stick 10 or 12 needles into my lower abdomen, groin, and inner thigh. It was quite weird to say the least. But I must give her props-she relieved 75% of my groin pain. God bless her! It was well worth taking the chance because it totally paid off.”
Hmmm, these are not men who I would have previously considered followers of alternative treatments, BUT wear and tear on muscles and joints are an occupational hazard for many athletes. People who depend on their bodies to earn their daily bread have learned that TCM and acupuncture can help fend off injury and even speed healing.
Monday, November 24, 2008
TCM has a long and successful history treating both acute and chronic pain. Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine.
It has gained increasing acceptance in the U.S. since 1971, thanks to New York Times reporter James Reston. He underwent emergency surgery in China and was enormously impressed by the Chinese doctors who used needles to successfully ease his pain. This was probably many Americans first exposure to using Traditional Chinese Medicine for pain relief. With increased globalization, available travel to China, and instant world-wide communication, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture has increased in popularity and acceptance at an amazing rate.
In my Chicago practice, I treat a wide variety of aches and pains. Often patients have very quick and effective relief, particularly with acute pain. Sometimes with more chronic injuries, lasting relief takes a longer period of treatment.
Some examples of painful conditions that respond favorably to acupuncture include: arthritis, myofascial pain syndrome, dental pain, neck and low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, PMS related symptoms, sports/dance strains or aches, and headache and migraines.
In addition to needling local points (those in the area of the pain), I have had great success needling distal points (points not in the area of pain). With my techniques, working with distal points is equally effective and can be more relaxing because I stay away from touching the specific pain site. I also combine electric stimulation and cupping with acupuncture treatments when I believe that they will aid in pain relief.
Tomorrow, I will tell you about some athletes that are using acupuncture for pain relief.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
"There are many techniques. There is a Japanese technique that only uses one needle," says Dr. Bess Pierce. "You can place 20 to 30 needles in it. It just depends on what you're trying to achieve."
Acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of ailments in animals like arthritis, nausea, skin disorders, even reproductive problems. Doctor Mark Crisman has been doing it on horses here for more than 10 years now. "Gypsy has an infection in her ankle. So what I would do is use points that would strengthen bones, help the immune system, things of that nature," says Crisman. The doctor says most horses don't seem to mind the needles. "The majority of horses really enjoy it. There are some horses we call acupuncture junkies,"
Oreo, a dog from the area that received the treatment, did whimper at times, but that may be because she was a little nervous. Acupuncture is even being done on birds."
Friday, November 21, 2008
Last week I posted Acupuncture Helps Ease Post-Surgical Ills about a recent study done by Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina which found that Acupuncture, may actually work better than drugs. And patients were happier with the treatment. Here are some excerpts from an article about the great research they are doing at Duke.
By Will Dunham
Oct 16, 2007
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The use of acupuncture before and during surgery reduces patients' post-operative pain as well as the need for pain-killing medication, researchers said on Tuesday."
"These patients also required less morphine or other opioid pain medication after surgery, which reduced the side effects like nausea and vomiting from these types of drugs, the researchers said."
"The use of acupuncture is still very under-appreciated," Dr. Tong-Joo Gan, vice chairman of Duke's anesthesiology department, said in a telephone interview.
"Western doctors are typically not trained (in acupuncture) and they really are not familiar with how it works," Gan said. "I think practitioners such as surgeons and anesthesiologists need to have an open mind."
"He said numerous studies have looked at acupuncture to reduce post-operative pain, but many of them were not very well done. Gan said his team identified a group of well-controlled studies to judge how well acupuncture worked."
"I do it all the time," Gan said. "You give patients the acupuncture about half an hour before surgery and continue during surgery. It can reduce post-operative pain."
"I think it is generally applicable to a number of different procedures," Gan said. "In the studies, we looked at abdominal procedures, orthopedic procedures, gynecological procedures."
The research was presented at a conference of the American Society for Anesthesiology in San Francisco.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
These are excerpts from the New York Post article - "RANGERS' GOMEZ HAS STRESS FRACTURE ANKLE INJURY KEEPS CENTER SIDELINED"
By LARRY BROOKS
November 19, 2008
"Gomez, who will miss his fourth straight match tonight when the New York Rangers and Canucks meet at the Garden, learned the nature of his injury after undergoing an MRI exam on Nov. 7. The center then played two more games before finally yielding to both the pain he'd been playing through and a groin pull he suffered in attempting to adapt to skating with the injury."
"Gomez has gone for acupuncture treatment. He did not skate this morning, but is expected to skate on his own tomorrow for the third time. If all goes well, he might practice with the team Friday."
"Scotty said that the ankle feels a lot better today after the acupuncture," Tom Renney said following this morning's optional skate. "Jaromir [Jagr] went for acupuncture treatments a lot last year, too, and found it quite beneficial. "It's fine with me. Going to a witch doctor is good with me if it gets Gomer back on the ice."
The Rangers have gone 3-0 without Gomez in the lineup.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Thanksgiving is coming up and cranberry sauce is a staple of a traditional Thanksgiving feast.
Did you know that cranberries have enormous health benefits? to name just a few; they are very helpful in treating and preventing urinary tract infections, a powerful antioxidant, and help prevent cancer. To learn more read on....
Protection against Urinary Tract Infection
How does cranberry juice help prevent urinary tract infections? It acidifies the urine, contains an antibacterial agent called hippuric acid, and also contains other compounds that reduce the ability of E. coli bacteria to adhere to the walls of the urinary tract. Before an infection can start, a pathogen must first latch on to and then penetrate the mucosal surface of the urinary tract walls, but cranberries prevent such adherence, so the E. coli is washed away in the urine and voided. Since E. coli is pathogen responsible for 80-90% of urinary tract infections, the protection afforded by cranberries is quite significant.
8-Ounces Better than 4 to Prevent Bladder Infections
Cranberry's protective effects against bladder infections may be dose responsive, with 8-ounces of cranberry juice being twice as effective as 4-ounces, suggests preliminary research presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America by Kalpana Gupta from the University of Washington.
Cranberries' Potent Anti-Viral Activity
Long recognized as an effective treatment for urinary tract infections, cranberry juice's benefits have now been shown to also extend to protection against viruses.
Cranberries Combat Herpes Virus
Laboratory studies published in the October 2004 issue of the Journal of Science, Food and Agriculture have shown that a phytonutrient isolated from cranberries is effective against the herpes simplex virus (HSV-2), the cause of genital herpes.
A Pro-biotic Berry for Gastrointestinal and Oral Health?
Delegates at the 2002 American Chemical Society meeting and Experimental Biology Conference were also informed about cranberries' ability to act as a natural probiotic, supporting the health-promoting bacteria that grow in the human gastro-intestinal tract while killing off the bacteria that promote infections and foodborne illnesses.
Prevention of Kidney Stone Formation
Beneficial Actions on Cholesterol
Improved Blood Vessel Function;
Cranberry juice ranked among the highest in antioxidant activity
Also at the 2002 national meeting of the American Chemical Society, Catherine Neto, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, presented research on several newly discovered compounds in cranberries that were toxic to a variety of cancer tumor cell lines, including lung, cervical, prostate, breast and leukemia cancer cells. The Cornell study mentioned above that confirmed cranberries as having the highest levels of antioxidants among common fruits also found that cranberries had the strongest ability to inhibit the proliferation of human liver cancer cells.
To get even more information on the cranberry and other healthy foods go to The World's Healthiest Foods
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Do you remember when Gwyneth Paltrow showed up at a premiere with Cupping marks? Well here is an article all about how much Gwyneth loves TCM and some good information on Cupping.
I often use Cupping in my Chicago practice for a variety of ailments; including muscle pain (it's wonderful for relieving many types of back pain),allergies,colds and certain skin conditions.
By: Diane Joswick, L.Ac., MSOM
Film star Gwyneth Paltrow caused quite a stir when she showed up at New York film premiere with round marks on her back from an acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment. The photo was featured on the cover of The New York Post, putting Chinese Medicine at the center of attention.
The marks on the actress’s back were caused by an ancient form of alternative medicine called “cupping.” In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, she explained, “… They take these little glass cups and they heat them up and they put them on your back. … Those [marks] correspond to my lungs, those [marks] correspond to my breasts. And if you have stagnation, any kind of toxicity in the corresponding organ, it pulls the stagnation and the toxicity out through that point.”
Cupping is a technique in which a glass cup or bamboo jar is suctioned onto the body and allowed to sit for about 10 minutes. Cupping stimulates the flow of blood, lymph, and Qi to the affected area; relieves swelling; and greatly enhances an acupuncture or electroacupuncture treatment.
Its uses include relieving muscle pain, especially back pain from stiffness or injury; and clearing congestion in the chest, which can occur with common colds and influenza. “It feels amazing and it’s very relaxing, and it feels terrific,” Paltrow told Winfrey. “It’s just one of the alternative medicines that I do instead of taking antibiotics.” Gwyneth Paltrow, a longtime advocate of the benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, once said that having acupuncture had guided her to a “new level” in life, helping her to find love with her husband and giving her the strength to cope with the death of her father. “I have been a big fan of Chinese medicine for a long time because it works,” Paltrow said.
Cupping is usually incorporated into an acupuncture of bodywork treatment, but can be used alone. The practitioner takes a glass cup or bamboo jar, roughly the size of a jar of baby food, and ignites a small flame inside the cup, creating a vacuum. The cup is then quickly applied to the body, drawing the skin up a few millimeters into the cup. This suction stimulates the flow of blood, lymph, and Qi to the affected area. The suction can leave red marks on the skin that last a few days. Each cupping session lasts approximately 10 to 15 minutes and it can be repeated, once the marks have cleared, until the condition is resolved.
Desiree Potter had acupuncture and cupping for a crick in her neck. She tells Acufinder: ”I must have slept wrong. When I woke up I couldn’t turn my neck. I went to see an acupuncturist who used cupping. By the end of the treatment I could move my neck again, and after one more appointment, the pain was completely gone and I had full range of motion.” Potter says that cupping has a sensation all its own. “It kind of feels like the opposite of a massage because your skin and muscles are being sucked up instead of pushed down,” she says. “But it felt great and was very relaxing.” And the red marks? “The cups did leave dark red marks on my back that lasted for a few days, but they did not hurt. I would definitely get cupping again!”
Monday, November 17, 2008
3-4 Tablespoons Aka Miso or red soy bean paste (usually sold in the refrigerated section)
3-5 green onions stalks, chopped
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan and add the miso & scallions.
Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Remove from heat top with green onions and serve.
Friday, November 14, 2008
By Jennifer Dubowsky L.A.c.
Depressive disorders affect almost 19 million Americans, or 9.5% of the population in any given one-year period and are estimated to cost the workplace over 40 billion dollars . At some point in their lives, 10%-25% of women and 5%-12% of men are likely to become clinically depressed.
Even when depression is sub-clinical, the body's immune system is compromised and the symptoms reduce functioning and impair work performance and social relationships.
Common symptoms of depressive disorders include: a decreased interest in most activities, insomnia, fatigue, and feeling empty and worthless. When depression is at its worst, hopelessness sets in and suicide becomes a desperate option for approximately 15% of people who suffer from severe depressive disorders. The personal and societal costs are staggering.
Luckily, many people seek therapy and/or medications and now, Harvard Medical School reports that depression is one of the top 5 conditions for which people seek alternative care. Research on Acupuncture's Effectiveness National Institutes for Health (NIH) have established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine which funds research studies in the holistic treatments. The results are hopeful. In 1998, Dr. John Allen and other researchers at the University of Arizona used acupuncture to treat a sample of women with depression. After a total of 12 sessions, 70% of the women experienced at least a 50% reduction of symptoms. This is promising, particularly because women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression. This research marked the first U.S. randomized, controlled, double-blind study of acupuncture's effectiveness in treating depression.
The NIH funded study concludes, " Acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones in a good way." Rigorous scientific data is still small and just starting to come in, but results point to a bright future for acupuncture as a successful treatment.
Stanford researchers, using a small sample of 61 pregnant women, found that those who were given acupuncture treatments had significantly fewer depressive symptoms. The researchers conclude that "acupuncture holds promise for treatment of depression during pregnancy," and may help with the long term management of depression.
Another group found that menopausal women on tamoxifen had a significant reduction of anxiety and depressive symptoms. A University of South Carolina study suggests that acupuncture be considered for treating depressed patients infected with HIV.
In other parts of the world, researchers seem to be even more actively engaged in learning about the benefits of acupuncture. Three Chinese studies reported that electro-acupuncture produced the same effects as certain anti-depressant drugs and had no side effects.
United Kingdom researchers reviewed the existing literature and suggest that electro-acupuncture warrants further trials. In another study coming out of the United Kingdom, "significant improvements" were found in a small sample of depressed people and the report concludes that acupuncture contributed to the improvements.
Australian researchers used laser acupuncture for people with a fear of needles and found significant diminution of symptoms. An Australian review of many complementary and alternative treatments studies, some of which are mentioned above, concludes that acupuncture appears promising as a treatment for depression, but requires further research."
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Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
By David Tucker L.A.c. LMP
As my Grand Zen Master used to say…”Put it all down!”. Not that its a terrible thing to have desires, opinions, preferences, etc., but we must watch how we cling to them. If we are holding on so tight, then we allow for a sort of mental constipation which is NO FUN! There is no mental constipation that won’t find its way to manifest physically. That may be in our actual Colon, but it can manifest as any sort of stuckness - bloating, pain, insomnia, depression, etc. An important thing to remember is that the Colon meridian is not only charge of disposing of its own trash but all the garbage from the other meridians as well. So if there is a back-up, we can see “symptoms” coming from any of the meridians… which is a reminder that symptoms do not always point you to the root cause.
So what we can do? Well, on a physiological level… keep your Lungs and Colon healthy. Keep your lungs filled with pure, clear air and that they get plenty opportunity to “breathe” - yoga, meditation, aerobic exercise. For the Colon, we certainly want to encourage the physiological releases! Good dietary sources of fiber, omega-3 fish oils, aloe vera juice/gel, and plenty of water to name a few. On the deeper layers, many alternative therapies are wonderful for encouraging our processes of inspiration and letting go - of course, acupuncture and massage… but how about dance, drumming, martial arts, music. Utilizing rhythm and/or the voice… really powerful! On a more quieter note… journaling or a creative art project.
What’s most important is that we are checking in with ourselves internally. It would make a wonderful daily practice, ask yourself, “What am I holding on to?” or “What can I let go of today?”. Watch how it can not only ease your suffering, but those around you as well!
Nobody knows the cause. One theory holds that endometriosis results from a backflow of menstrual tissue through the fallopian tubes into the pelvic area. Since the disorder seems to run in families, it may have a genetic basis. Another possibility: The errant tissue may have developed in the wrong place as far back as embryonic life.
*A note on Dong quai/Dang Gui. It is a commonly used herb in TCM formulas especially for gynecological problems. I recommend seeing an herbalist to find the right formula for you.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
1. Ginger is a natural anti- inflammatory and can be used as tea or as seasoning for foods. Ginger is also great for digestive and gynecological problems.
2. Fresh Pineapple contains bromelain, which reduces inflammation.
3. Tart Cherries are being touted as an aid to reducing joint pain and inflammation.
4. Cold-Water Fish such as salmon and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids,Which help keep joints healthy as well as reduce pain and swelling. If you don't like fish, consider supplementing your diet with fish oil capsules. Generally the brands that need to be refrigerated after opening are the best.
5. Turmeric is another natural anti-inflammatory. Look for an extract of whole turmeric, which can be used as a seasoning.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
This article is from acufinder.com
Thursday, November 6, 2008
If you are not able to rush out and get a copy....here is the interview
Interview & photo by Christine Mangan
Dubowsky, who earned her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine, explained how “People are always surprised to learn that Chinese medicine/acupuncture can be of benefit to almost everyone because it’s about preventing illness as much as curing problems.” In the end, Dubowsky is excited about practicing alternative medicine. “I consider myself lucky to have found a useful profession that remains endlessly fascinating.”
She also has her own website and blog: tcm007.com and chicagoacupucture.blogspot.com.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
HealthDay News reported that 2 of the more common and unpleasant side effects of treatment for head and neck cancer patients may be relieved by acupuncture.
Dr. David Pfister, chief of the head and neck medical oncology service at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City presented the findings May 31, 2008 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, in Chicago.
He reported that patients found significant reductions in both dry mouth and pain and shoulder dysfunction after neck dissection. "Although further studies are needed, this does support the potential role of acupuncture," said Pfister.
Removal of the lymph nodes and surrounding tissue is common in treating head and neck cancers and the dissection can be severe. "Side effects vary with the extent of the procedure," Pfister said. Pain and shoulder dysfunction are common but exercise and anti-inflammatory drugs have proved to be disappointing or incomplete.
In the study, 70 patients were randomized to receive weekly acupuncture sessions for four weeks or "usual care" (suggestions for physical therapy exercises and anti-inflammatory pain relievers). Almost 40 % of participants receiving acupuncture experienced improvements in both pain and mobility, compared with just 7 % in the standard-care group.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Healthcare is a basic human right, and all citizens should have access to healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay full market price. I believe that basic human needs such as water, energy, and healthcare should not be subject to profit-making or the unregulated world of "Free Market Capitalism". If that is socialism, than I suppose I am a socialist when it comes to this matter. I also believe that people who take responsibility for maintaining and enhancing their health should be given incentives, such as reduced premiums / copays or even better, including these healthy habits as a covered medical insurance benefit that is available to everyone.
I work in a field (acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine) that has become most people's "last resort", when I believe our work is better suited as a "first resort": If we, as healthcare providers, must first pledge to do no harm, should we not proceed by offering the least invasive treatments first, before turning to the more risky options of surgery and drugs laden with potential side effects? If natural-based medicine and exercise therapies were covered insurance benefits, we would be able to reach many more people before they become so ill that they have no other options besides surgery and life-long drug therapies.
Let me also clarify that in some cases, surgery and life-saving drugs are a godsend, and the most appropriate treatment for the patient. My patients are sometimes shocked to hear me say "I think you should go for the hip replacement", but I am committed to helping them choose medical solutions that work, and you can't "cure" bone-on-bone hip degeneration with needles and herbs. Some of the most enthusiastic proponents of hip replacements that I know are themselves acupuncturists.
In sum, I feel that the type of care covered by insurance is as important as the issue of universal coverage. I urge my fellow healthcare professionals and legislative advocates to adopt this issue alongside the very noble and worthy goal of universal healthcare.
Jennika Wildau, L. Ac.
Aloha Wellness Clinic &
Aloha Annex Movement Studio
3400 Table Mesa Dr., Suite 204 & 205
Boulder, CO 80305
Monday, November 3, 2008
*Auto Accident Injuries
*Work Related Injuries
*Decrease in Pre-Operative Anxiety
*Reduction of Inflammation and Swelling
*Reduction of Nausea and Vomiting
*Regulation of Digestive Function
*Reduction of Need for Medication
*Reduction of Scar Tissue
*Decreased Healing Time
*Increased Rates of Full Recovery
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Thirty percent of Americans have borderline high cholesterol levels, which may increase the risk of heart disease, one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Now is the perfect time to take measures to lower your cholesterol naturally.
Copper and Chromium are minerals that have been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Copper is found in organ meats, seafood, nuts, and seeds, and chromium is in onions, broccoli, turkey, and tomatoes.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Hospitals are Turning to TCM, Acupuncture and Other non-Western Treatments
According to a 2006 survey by the American Hospital Association (AHA), more than one out of every four hospitals in the U.S. now offer some “alternative” therapies, including acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and massage therapy, among other types of non-Western treatment.
The survey, conducted every other year by the AHA, involved more than 6,000 hospitals across the country in December 2005. The percentage of hospitals offering “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) therapies grew from 8 percent in 1998 to 27 percent in 2005, the survey found.
The survey also found that patients paid for most of these services out of pocket.
Source: American Hospital Association, July 2006