What are some different types of complementary therapies?

According to the National Library of Medicine, “Complementary and alternative medicine is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard care.”

When these therapies are performed at the same time as standard treatments as prescribed by doctors and other health professionals, they are considered complementary therapies.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine describes two broad categories for therapies: biological or natural products and mind body medicine.

Biological/natural products can include: vitamins, supplements, herbs, certain foods, special diets and probiotics.

Mind body medicine can include: meditation, Reiki, yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic therapy and massage therapy.

It is important to talk with your doctor about any complementary therapies you are considering. Many physicians are familiar with these therapies and might even prescribe certain ones.

For more information contact Courtney Britton, librarian at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge at (225) 927-2273, cbritton@cancerservices.org , or visit the Education Center at 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge.


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