Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Alternative therapies

For some people, conventional Western medicine just doesn't cut it for their problems. Either it doesn't work, it doesn't work well enough, or they feel that there has to be something better out there.

I believe that we can use both conventional therapies and alternative therapies together to get the best of both worlds. I have used acupuncture and love it. I've undergone chiropractics and don't love it. I'm willing to try other forms of alternative therapies too. But - I'm lucky. Our insurance covers at least part of it, which makes it fairly affordable. But what of those who can't afford it? Must they do without?

In Canada, the province of British Columbia is addressing the issue: BC acupuncture coverage begins April 1.

I think that's great news. At least it gives more people the option. And, if acupuncture does help what ails them, it could lessen the drain on the conventional medical system. I look at it as a "if we don't try, we'll never know" program.

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Terrie Farley Moran said...

Hooray for BC.

I have seen "real medicine" mess up so many times--does the phrase hormone replacement therapy ring a bell--that I think alternative medicine should be given respect.


Marijke Durning said...

Absolutely Terrie!

Laura from medicalaidquotesonline.co.za said...

Many health insurance providers are now are offering full or partial coverage for acupuncture. However, they may have restrictions on the types of illnesses they cover so it is best learn more about the details of your policy to avoid problems in the future.