I have a story for you….but first, “traditional” medicine is trying very hard to work with other methods for treating asthma. The web page below reviews treatment of asthma using something other than “inhalers“. Now on to the story….
I am a member of the Complementary Medicine Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (that’s a mouthful). We met last month to discuss better ways to “integrate” traditional health care with Chinese medicine for instance. Another member of the group had studied accupressure in China before coming to the United States 20 years ago. When she first arrived, while on rounds she intervened using accupressure with a parent experiencing asthma. The “attack” stopped immediately. Later on that day, her attending physician who happened to be the chairman of Pediatrics, called her in his office and let her know that further intervention using accupressure would not be tolerated and she would be dismissed from the training program if this ever happened again.
I’m glad times have changed and this type of intimidation is rare; what are your thoughts about integration of traditional and other forms of complementary medicine? The government is putting together a great effort to see this happen. See below.