Thursday, December 11, 2008

More than 10% of kids use alternative treatments

My youngest daughter was recently stricken with a slight skin issue. I suggested that, rather than go through the dermatologist dance, we use tea tree oil. She was skeptical, but agreed to try it, and was astonished that the issue resolved overnight. Literally.

Apparently from this report, she's not alone.

"A surprisingly large number of children — nearly 12% — are using herbal supplements and other complementary and alternative therapies, according to the first national study on the subject, released Wednesday.

"We were struck by the high use in children," given that few children suffer from the chronic aches and pains that drive many adults to unconventional treatments, says report co-author Richard Nahin of the National Institutes of Health."

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