Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Cancer patients sometimes use complementary and alternative medicine. It’s called complementary medicine when used at the same time as conventional treatments, and it’s called alternative medicine when used instead of conventional treatment.

Acupuncture, oils and extracts, animal poisons, massage therapy, herbal products, vitamins or special diets, visualization and spiritual healing are types of complementary and alternative medicine.

There are people who say that complementary and alternative medicine helps them to feel better. However, some types of complementary and alternative medicine can have adverse or detrimental effects to conventional treatment. In some cases, this practice based on alternative or complementary medicine can be dangerous even when used alone.

Talk to your doctor about the possible benefits and harms of complementary and alternative medicine, he can advise you and guide you in the actions you can carry out on your own.

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