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CAM usage very high in Italian children
Posted: 3rd June 2014

The usage of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in children has considerably increased, especially for pain and chronic conditions. A recent study showed that CAM was used in 76% of a cohort of 124 children affected by headache consecutively recruited at a Paediatric Headache University Center. Most frequently used were herbal medicine, vitamins/minerals, homeopathy, Ayurvedic massage, shiatsu, osteopathy, yoga and acupuncture.

The main reasons for seeking CAM care were: the wish of avoiding chronic use of drugs with their related side effects, the desire of an integrated approach, the reported ineffectiveness of conventional medicine, and the parents’ perception that CAM is more suitable for their children than conventional prescription drugs.

Reference:
Dalla Libera D et al (2014).Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in an Italian cohort of pediatric headache patients: the tip of the iceberg. Neurological Sciences, 35 Suppl 1:145-148. [PubMed]

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