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The use of complementary and alternative therapies has skyrocketed. Magazines, TV, bookstores and the Internet are now filled with information about herbal remedies, vitamins, dietary supplements, massage, relaxation techniques and more. One result: More and more people want medical care from a doctor who understands complementary and alternative medicine.

You may seek out such a doctor for a number of reasons. For example, you may:

–Want to explore complementary and alternative medicine under a doctor’s guidance.

–Want care from a doctor who is open-minded about including complementary and alternative therapies in your care.

–Already be familiar with complementary and alternative medicine but want to discuss your options with a doctor trained in conventional medicine.

–Already be receiving care from a complementary and alternative medicine practitioner and want to discuss your therapy with a doctor.

Whatever your goals, you will benefit most from a doctor who neither condemns complementary and alternative medicine wholesale, nor blindly advocates it.

Finding a doctor who understands complementary and alternative medicine is becoming easier. In the past, medical schools ignored complementary and alternative medicine. Today, more medical students are at least introduced to the topic. In 2000, 82 medical schools taught complementary and alternative topics, according a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In addition, many practicing doctors now study common alternative therapies.

(Source: Intelihealth website)

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