Percent of Parents Want to Know More About
Alternative Medicine, Survey Reveals
Ninety percent of parents would like to
know more about alternative medical approaches
for their children, according to a survey
conducted by Children's Hospitals and Clinics
of Minnesota (Children's), a nationwide
leader in integrative medical approaches.
medicine combines traditional Western medicine
with medical therapies from other traditions,
including acupuncture, massage and nutrition.
also found that 90 percent of parents have
a strong desire to eliminate their children's
pain and improve their quality of life,
while 85 percent would like to minimize
their dependence on drugs. Parents felt
especially strongly about reducing drug
treatment for mood or behavioral problems
such as anxiety or attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD). Sixty-eight percent of
parents believed that integrative treatment
could be effective, and more than 75 percent
said that hospitals should offer experts
on both conventional and alternative treatments.