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3 things parents should know about complementary and alternative medicine

By: Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications More and more, I have families in my practice who are trying out treatments and therapies I didnít prescribe. Most of the time, itís absolutely fine. Other times, itís not. ďComplementary and alternative medicineĒ is a broad term that refers to treatments that are not generally part of traditional Western medicine. It includes things like herbal remedies, dietary supplements or alternative diets, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy,…

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