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.
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 likehttp://www.arthritis.org 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…