Complementary and alternative medicines such as supplements, chiropractic manipulation, massage and acupuncture are becoming more popular with adults and children world-wide. How safe are these practices when being used in children? Are these therapies helpful or can they be potentially harmful? The risks and benefits of complementary and alternative medicine are reviewed during our discussion on this topic. In this second episode on this subject, we discuss chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, massage, acupuncture and their potential benefits and risks.

This episode written by Dr. Lena van der List and Dr. Dean Blumberg.

We thank Maxine L. Barish-Wreden, M.D., ABIHM, Holistic and Integrative Medicine at Sutter Health in Sacramento; Dr. Jennifer A. Griffin, Holistic/Integrative Medicine at Sutter Health in Roseville CA; Dr. Akilesh Palanisamy, Holistic/Integrative Medicine at Sutter Health in San Francisco; Marc D. Velez, L.Ac., Acupuncture practitioner at Sutter Health in Sacramento; and Eric I. Hassid, M.D., Holistic/Integrative Medicine at Sutter Health in Sacramento for reviewing this episode, although Drs. Lena and Dean take responsibility for any errors or misinformation.

We also thank Dr. Arthur J. de Lorimier, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, for sharing his experiences during this episode.

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