Daylong expo to explain benefits, drawbacks of alternative medicine

April 17, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Acupuncturists, aromatherapists, pharmacists, chiropractors and yoga teachers will appear Thursday at the Alternative Medicine/Pain Management Expo at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

The daylong expo, the first of its kind to be sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Aging, is designed to teach the benefits and dangers of alternative medicines.

"People are mixing herbal therapies with prescription drugs without knowing the side effects," said Arnold J. Eppel, the department's deputy director. "People are not sharing information with their physicians.

"We know the elderly are using alternative medicines, but so are the baby boomers. We decided to take a proactive approach. We hope they come out and educate themselves."

Eppel's agency has rented space to 90 exhibitors - including five hospitals, and several physical and massage therapists - in the exhibition hall at the fairgrounds.

Seminars will cover subjects relating to alternative treatments, such as using acupuncture to treat pain, finding reliable medical information on the Internet, mixing herbs with prescription drugs, using Chinese herbs to manage pain, and using vitamins and minerals for better health.

Several comedy acts will perform during the expo in an effort to show that humor can be therapeutic.

The expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $2.

Information: Baltimore County Department of Aging, 410-887-2594.

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