- Question from Freida: My health insurance reimburses the cost of acupuncture. Does that mean it really works?
- Answers - Dan Benor There's excellent research to show that acupuncture is effective in dealing with the pain and nausea that's associated with chemotherapy. However, acupuncture offers far more than symptom management. When used by a traditional Chinese medicine specialist, it is a very complete and holistic form of treatment for the whole person.
- Patricia Johnson I feel that it is extremely helpful, but I'm not sure that insurance reimbursement has anything to do with that opinion.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. There are many wonderful therapies and remedies that insurance does not cover. This is a shame, because it means that not everyone gets the benefit of what's out there. One reason some insurance companies now pay for acupuncture is because advocates for acupuncture have presented compelling research results in a forceful way. Hopefully, other effective treatments that are not yet paid for by insurance will also become available in this way.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Complementary and Holistic Treatments featured Daniel Benor, M.D., Patricia Johnson, M.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about what complementary and holistic treatments are, how to find reliable practitioners, and which might be the best treatments for you.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2002.
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