Complementary and Alternative Therapy
Complementary Therapy is a group of diverse medical and health care system, practices and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.
Conventional medicine is practiced by medical doctors (MDs) or doctors of osteopathy (DOs), and by health care professionals who work with them. Complementary medicine is used along with conventional medicine. Alternative therapy is used in place of conventional medicine.
Complementary Therapy Options
Complementary therapies may include:
- Pain and symptom management
- Patient resource navigator
- Oncology dietician, nutrition therapy
- Massage therapy acupuncture
- Oncology social worker
- Support groups and educational programs
- Support therapies – art, music, writing and pet
Complementary and Alternative Therapy Considerations
Many people say complementary therapy helps them feel better. However, some types may change the way standard treatment works. These changes could be harmful. Other types of therapies could be harmful even if used alone. Some types of therapies are expensive, and health insurance may not cover the cost.
Preparing for Complementary Therapies
Premier Health Library
The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about complementary medicine. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for surgery and much more.
Content Updated: December 5, 2014