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Creighton Medical Students Introduced to Alternative Medical Treatments

Creighton Medical Students Introduced to Alternative Medical Treatments

Third-year Creighton University medical students will put down their stethoscopes on Friday, Jan. 29, to explore acupuncture, aromatherapy and other alternative medical treatments during a special introduction to the subject.

This is the eighth year the popular half-day-long class has been offered. Fourth-year medical student can also take an elective course on the subject.

“Complementary and alternative medicine is a multibillion-dollar industry and growing. Many alternative medical treatments have merit. But there are also some that are a waste of money or can even be dangerous,” said Charles Bockman, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology in the Creighton School of Medicine and event organizer.

During this introduction, Creighton medical students will have the opportunity to learn about and even experience some alternative medical treatments and then draw their own conclusions.

“Physicians need to learn as much as possible about these alternative therapies, so they understand why their patients are seeking them and are in a better position to advise patients about these treatments,” Bockman said.

Workshops will include yoga, aromatherapy, life-coaching for patients and physicians, “super” foods for disease prevention, traditional Chinese medicine, dietary supplements, Tai Chi and other topics.

Students will also have the opportunity to visit one-on-one with alternative medicine practitioners and experience such therapies as acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, yoga, aromatherapy and more.

Out-of-Pocket Spending on Alternative Medicine by American Adults (Source: National Health Interview Survey 2007)

  • Natural products (e.g., Echinacea, fish oil), $14.8 billion
  • Office visits, $11.9 billion
  • Classes (e.g., yoga, tai chi), $4.1 billion
  • Homeopathic medicine, $2.9 billion
  • Relaxation techniques, $0.2 billion
  • Total cost: $33.9 billion

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