Complementary and alternative medicine includes a range of treatments and products that are not considered part of standard health care. CAMs can work alongside conventional diagnosis and treatment, but scientific evidence on their use is limited.
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Topic: Introduction to complementary and alternative medicine
Complementary therapies aim to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms of disease.
Tell your healthcare professionals about all medicines you take, including complementary medicines.
When choosing a complementary therapist, think about your goals and ask your medical doctor for a recommendation.
Complementary therapies are not always safer than conventional medical treatments, even if they seem more 'natural'.
Beware of buying complementary medicines over the internet.