Use of Alternative Therapy Not a Rejection of MDs
[07/23/2001; Reuters Health]
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women diagnosed with breast
cancer are likely to use some form of complementary medicine
such as meditation or herbal medicines, not because of dissatisfaction
with traditional medical care but to supplement their health,
``Women use complementary and alternative
medicines not to reject Western medicine, but to become a more
healthy person,'' lead author Susan Alferi, a doctoral student
in psychology at the University of Miami at Coral Gables, told
''They're not seeking complementary medicine
because they're dissatisfied with their physicians.'' The team
of psychologists talked to a group of 231 women who had been
diagnosed with breast cancer within the past year. The women
filled out a questionnaire asking them whether they had ever
used any kind of complementary therapy, which included healing
therapies such as meditation, acupuncture or herbal medications,
and psychological therapies such as psychotherapy or a J support
The investigators found that more than half of the women
reported using some form of complementary medicine.
popular form of healing therapy was meditation, which was used
by 30% of the women, while only 1% had used acupuncture.
one third of the women reported using some type of psychological
J American Medical Women's Association, 56, 2001
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