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Alternative Medicine Growing in Popularity for Kids

More kids are using alternative medicine to treat simple ailments.

Anah McMahon, L. Ac. adjusts one inch seirin acupuncture needles in the muscles around the spine of Mariah VanHorn to relieve lower back pain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. Researchers at Ruhr University Bochum in Bochum, Germany, found that both real and fake acupuncture perform much better than conventional care for low back pain relief. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

A growing number of kids are using alternative medicines.

The government says more than one in nine children use herbal remedies and other non-traditional options to treat ailments like pain and anxiety.

Researchers say parents play a big role in steering their kids to alternative treatments.


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