Complementary medicine hits Southern California with “Unconventional medical treatments gain in popularity: Many patients are now combining alternative therapies with traditional medicine for ‘the best of both worlds.'”

So reports the San Luis Obispo Tribune in discussing a holistic health fair. The

worksite health fair … went beyond traditional medicine to include an acupuncturist, chiropractor, nutritionist, massage therapist and yoga instructor….While Americans are increasingly turning to herbal products, acupuncture, meditation and other therapies, most use them in addition to and not in place of conventional medicine. Many large medical centers now have integrative medicine programs that research and offer alternative therapies. Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo is interested in developing an integrative medicine component, a spokesman said.

Same news, different location, confirming trends around the country.
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