Complementary Medicine

Treatment Overview

Complementary medicine is a nonstandard therapy that is used by some people along with their standard medical care.

This type of therapy may include:

  • Acupuncture.
  • Yoga.
  • Herbs and other supplements.
  • Massage.

Why It Is Done

Talk to your doctor to see if complementary medicine is right for you. People often use complementary practices along with medical care to deal with health problems, treat symptoms, or stay healthy. Find out about the safety of any complementary product or practice you want to try. Choose an instructor or practitioner carefully.


Current as of: January 3, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine