Hospitals Are Adding More Alternative Medicine Programs

As more studies find the benefits of alternative therapies, hospitals are rushing to add holistic medicine programs to attract more patients.
By: Zen Experience
Jan. 10, 2012 - PRLog -- The Los Angeles Times reports that a recent survey conducted by the American Hospital Association and the Samueli Institute, found that out of 714 hospitals, 42 percent offered acupuncture, massage or a similar therapy in 2010.

This is a large increase from 2005, when only 27 percent of these hospitals had an alternative medicine program. The news source spoke to Todd Linden, president of the Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Iowa, who explained why they have begun offering massages and other services to patients about to go into surgery.

"We're looking for ways to improve the patient experience and to improve outcomes," said Linden, quoted by the news source. "IVs go in easier, people come out of anesthesia quicker and some physicians say their patients have less pain."

A 2007 study funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development found that a massage after surgery may relieve a patient's pain and anxiety. This is one of the many studies that support the decision of many hospitals to include alternative therapies as part of their regular treatment program.

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