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Sunday, 18 March 2012 11:03

Most young patient of Juvenile Arthritis use complementary medicine

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Seventy-two percent of adolescents with juvenile arthritis use at least one form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), but only 45 percent have discussions about it with their health care providers- Medical express

New study findings suggest that, in most cases health care providers are not informed by their teen patients about their use of complementary medicine for the treatment of juvenile arthritis.
“We learned that lots of teenagers are using complementary or alternative health and they are interested in learning more about it,” said study author Elisabeth M. Seburg, of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. “It can be quite important that teens with arthritis and their health care providers have a good conversation about what is potentially helpful as well as potentially harmful for them.”

The study appears in the February issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Researchers analysed data from 134 US adolescent between the ages of 14 and 19 with juvenile arthritis. The teens were asked about their use of CAM and their health-related quality of life.

The most commonly used CAM practices were yoga and meditation or relaxation techniques, used by over 40 percent of the surveyed teens. Massage, herbal medicine and chiropractic were also used by the respondents but less often.

Expert’s view
Judith Smith, M.D. a rheumatologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said, “A number of my patients have asked about complementary and alternative medicine over the years. As a rheumatologist, I’m excited about the addition of yoga, massage, meditation and other relaxation techniques as well as some supplements, like 3-omega fatty acids found in fish oils, with some scientific benefit.”
 “My final message about complementary and alternative medicine is ‘buyer bewares,’” said Smith. “Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it is good for you. With juvenile arthritis and complementary and alternative medicine, be careful—go to good sources and official websites like for information and evidence.” 

Here, I wonder why they are not sharing the information about the  CAM, I am sure they must be getting relief in many of their symptoms with Yoga, meditation, and also massage, chiropractic. We all are aware of the great benefits of CAM in treatment of juvenile arthritis and other autoimmune disorder as well. I think if they share their experience; more people would be benefitted.. Let’s encourage teens and also their parents to share their views and experience with the treatment of  Complementary medicine…

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  • Comment Link Mukul Tuesday, 20 March 2012 22:14 posted by Mukul

    dear friends every treatment should five segments ,aahara ,vihara ,aachara ,vichara ,n upchara.combination of above five can upgrad your 45% to50 pcent minimum.up to 99pcent.

  • Comment Link laurein Monday, 19 March 2012 11:35 posted by laurein

    I say good for the teenagers wise enough to seek CAM. While I do agree that just because something says 'natural', doesn't mean that it's good for you and it does pay to be careful what you spend your money on. Why should they discuss it with a regular health care provider who will only shoot the ideas down without being educated about anything other than drugs!!!

  • Comment Link Sheryl Monday, 19 March 2012 11:29 posted by Sheryl

    Interesting that diet wasn't mentioned when an elimination diet such as the Friendly foods diet ( put out by the Sydney childrens hospital) can significantly reduce signs and symptoms.

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