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Aetna considers alternative medicine interventions medically necessary if they are supported by adequate evidence of safety and effectiveness in the peer-reviewed published medical literature. The following are some of the alternative medicine interventions that Aetna considers medically necessary for properly selected members, subject to applicable benefit plan limitations and exclusions. Aetna does not cover medical marijuana because it is not an FDA-approved prescription medication.

Please check benefit plan descriptions for details. Tenga en cuenta lo siguiente :Aetna standard benefit plans exclude coverage of nutritional supplements.

Please check benefit plan descriptions. Alternative therapies are based on no common or consistent ideology, therapy of illness, or treatment. They derive from a variety of sources: ethnic and folk traditions, mainstream medical practices, established religions or semi-religious cults, philosophies or metaphysical movements, and health-and-wellness groups.

The efficacy of various alternative medicine regimens is generally unproven, and some alternative therapies have been shown to be ineffective or even harmful. Active release technique ART is a patented soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves e. These conditions have one important commonality -- they often result from injury to over-used muscles. Each ART session is a combination of examination and treatment. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols -- over specific moves -- are unique to ART. They supposedly allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. Active release technique is similar to some massage techniques, albeit more aggressive. While ART may be utilized by some chiropractors, it is different from conventional chiropractic manipulation. Furthermore, Drover et al reported that ART protocols did not reduce inhibition or increase strength in the quadriceps muscles of athletes with anterior knee pain.

Further study is required. Airrosti uses standard physical therapy modalities. Bioidentical hormones e. These preparations can be custom-made for patients according to a physician's specifications. Based on test results, providers prescribe dosages of bioidentical hormones that are compounded at a pharmacy. Proponents of bioidentical hormones state that they are better than synthetic hormones in that they are "natural" and that they are more easily metabolized by the body, minimizing side effects.

They state that synthetic hormones are stronger than bioidentical hormones and often produce intolerable side effects. According to a committee opinion by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ACOG, , there is no scientific evidence to support claims of increased safety or effectiveness for individualized estrogen or progesterone regimens prepared by compounding pharmacies. Furthermore, hormone therapy does not belong to a class of drugs with an indication for individualized dosing.

The opinion by ACOG also pointed out that salivary hormone level testing used by proponents to 'tailor' this therapy isn't meaningful because salivary hormone levels vary within each woman depending on her diet, the time of day, the specific hormone being tested, and other variables. According to ACOG, most compounded products, including bioidentical hormones, have not undergone rigorous clinical testing for either safety or efficacy.

Also, there are concerns regarding the purity, potency, and quality of compounded products. Additionally, 9 of the 10 failing products failed assay or potency tests, with all containing less of the active ingredient than expected.

The FDA requires manufacturers of FDA-approved products that contain estrogen and progestogen to include a black box warning that reflects the findings of the Women's Health Initiative. However, compounded products, including bioidentical hormones, are not approved by the FDA and therefore, compounding pharmacies are exempt from including warnings and contraindications required by the FDA in class labeling for hormone therapy. Given the lack of well-designed and well-conducted clinical trials of these compounded hormones, ACOG recommended that all of them should be considered to have the same safety issues as those hormone products that are approved by the FDA and may also have additional risks unique to the compounding process.

In a position statement, the Endocrine Society stated that it is concerned that patients are receiving potentially misleading or false information about the benefits and risks of bioidentical hormones.

It stated that the efficacy of bioidentical hormone therapy is unproven. There are few, if any, carefully designed studies on the use of hypnotherapy in the treatment of mental health problems Kirsch et al, ; Mamtani and Cimino, ; Fromm and Shor, Based on the current research literature, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of hypnosis in the treatment of psychiatric and psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Furthermore, there also has been no experimental validation of the effectiveness of hypnosis in controlling the symptoms of attention deficit disorder Baumgartel, Each patient had been on a standard therapy of avoidance of pollutants, nutritional supplementation, and injections of antigens for foods, and biological inhalants, but did not achieve immunological competence.

Peripheral lymphocytes were collected and DNA histograms were constructed. The flow cytometer was used to evaluate the cell cycle, hematological, and other immunological profiles. From the other portion of the blood specimen, lymphocytes were propagated in-vitro, harvested, and a lysate, termed ALF, was prepared. The authors stated that ALF presumably acts as a biological response modifier.

More research is needed to determine the role of ALF in clinical medicine. Sin embargo, hay una falta de evidencia sobre la eficacia de este dispositivo. It was developed by a Chilean physical therapist in the s. It focuses on training movements leading to sitting, standing, and walking.

Muscles are trained in postural and functional tasks rather than in isolation. Tight muscles are stretched in dynamic situations. The motor developmental sequence is not used. It is assumed that motivation will increase temporary performance only but will not create a permanent change.

In a review on autism, Levy and colleagues stated that popular biologically based treatments include anti-infectives, chelation medications, gastrointestinal medications, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and intravenous immunoglobulins. Non-biologically based treatments include auditoru integration therapy, chiropractic therapy, cranio-sacral manipulation, facilitated communication, interactive metronome, and transcranial stimulation.

However, few studies have addressed the safety and effectiveness of most of these treatments. According the American Cancer Society, there is no scientific evidence that hydrogen peroxide is a safe, effective or useful cancer treatment. Current mainstream medical applications of hydrogen peroxide are limited to 1. It is classified as a homeopathic combination remedy. Ina Cochrane review, Kassab and colleagues evaluated safety and effectiveness of homeopathic medicines used to prevent or treat adverse effects of cancer treatments.

Randomized controlled trials RCTs of homeopathic medicines in participants with a clinical or histological diagnosis of cancer where the intervention was aimed at preventing or treating symptoms associated with cancer treatments were included in this review. All age groups, and all stages of disease were included. Three review authors independently assessed trial quality using the Delphi List and the Cochrane Collaboration's tool for assessing risk of bias.

Disagreements were resolved by consensus. Where available, data were extracted for analysis. No serious adverse effects or interactions were reported attributable to the homeopathic medicines used.

The authors concluded that this review found preliminary data in support of the efficacy of topical calendula for prophylaxis of acute dermatitis during radiotherapy and Traumeel S mouthwash in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced stomatitis. Moreover, they stated that these trials need replicating. There is no convincing evidence for the efficacy of homeopathic medicines for other adverse effects of cancer treatments.

Further research is required. A total of 80 consecutive patients were randomized to receive either Traumeel tablets or an indistinguishable placebo, and took primary and rescue oral analgesics as needed. Maximum numerical pain scores at rest and consumption of oral analgesics were recorded on day of surgery and for 13 days following surgery.

The authors concluded that Traumeel was not superior to placebo in minimizing pain or analgesic consumption over the 14 days of the trial. A transient reduction in the daily maximum post-operative pain score on the day of surgery is of questionable clinical importance.

Aliyev noted that in Germany approximately 2 million sports injuries occur per year. Most common are distortions and ligamentous injury going along with post-traumatic lymphedema.

Deep oscillation therapy provided very good results in lymph drainage and in other indications. Two soccer teams were supported by a sports medicine section of a rehabilitation hospital. In 14 people mean age of The authors concluded that deep oscillation therapy is an easy to use and comparably cost-effective adjuvant therapy option.

These investigators already had good experience with it in other indications concerning re-absorption of edema, reducing pain, anti-inflammatory effect, promotion of motoricity, promotion of wound healing, anti-fibrotic effect and improvement in trophicity and quality of the tissue. All these mentioned effects can be confirmed in the treatment of patients with acute sports injury and trauma. The soft mode of action is the reason that in contrast to other electric and mechanical therapies it is no contraindication in immediate therapy.

In general, the authors noted no side effects; patients were highly compliant and rated this therapy as very good. The Regenokine therapy appears to be a new therapeutic approach for treating osteoarthritis and low back pain. There is a lack of reliable evidence to support the use of insulin potentiation therapy. The American Cancer Society described insulin potentiation therapy as the use of insulin along with lower doses of chemotherapy to treat cancer.

De cualquier manera los resultados relacionados con la salud se considera que se produce. Lebowitz et al stated that little is known about the physical and psychological effects of sense of humor and laughter among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD. Subjects completed assessments of sense of humor, depression, anxiety, quality of life, and recent illness. Pulmonary function, mood state, and dyspnea were assessed before and after the video.

Sense of humor was associated with fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety and an enhanced quality of life. However, the induction of laughter led to lung hyper-inflation. The authors concluded that sense of humor among patients with COPD is associated with positive psychological functioning and enhanced quality of life, but laughing aloud may cause acute deterioration in pulmonary function secondary to worsened hyper-inflation.

Ritter et al reported the case of a year old woman who was diagnosed with pancreatic adenocarcinoma spreading into the regional lymph nodes and into multiple liver segments pT3, pN1, pM1. Upon diagnosis, she underwent a pylorus-preserving pancreatic head resection, including dissection of regional lymph nodes and atypical resection of a single liver segment, followed by 9 cycles of palliative chemotherapy with gemcitabine and oxaliplatin.

At 37 weeks after surgery, the patient demonstrated a sustained partial remission, and the chemotherapy was stopped. Surprisingly, 10 months later, she still showed no evidence of tumor progression. Since the time of pancreatic surgery, the patient had taken mistletoe extracts and this adjunctive treatment has been continued until now. The authors concluded that the cases of sustained long-term remission of metastatic pancreatic cancer are extremely rare.


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