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Should I use Complementary Medicine? Key points in making your decision Your decision on whether to use Complementary medicine will involve several issues, including the amount of information available on the treatment you are considering. When making your decision, consider the following pointers:

  • People often use Complementary medicine to treat long-term (chronic) health conditions or to enhance the feeling of well being. However, if you are looking for a “cure-all” you will probably be disappointed. Have realistic expectations about the outcome of treatment with Complementary medicine before you begin.

  • When you visit a practitioner of Complementary Medicine don?t be afraid to ask relevant questions. Likewise, be prepared to answer personal questions about yourself. You should also be comfortable with physical touch, as part of the philosophy of Complementary therapy is to listen to and touch people in an appropriate and healing way.

What are the benefits of Complementary medicine?

Remember the old adage: Knives cut, Drugs alter ? Nature can work!

A great benefit of Complementary medicine is in the holistic approach of its practitioners. Many therapists take an hour or more to ask you questions about your lifestyle, habits, and background in order to get a better idea of your overall health. Most Complementary medicine practitioners use this “whole person” approach, which makes many people feel better about their practitioners, their treatments and their conditions.
In some cases Complementary therapies can be as effective as Orthodox therapies.

A person seeking Complementary medicine often feels a greater sense of empowerment by being more involved in maintaining their own health and well being, and since most Complementary medicine emphasizes the connection between mind and body (not to mention Spirit!), many who use it feel better because they are working towards an overall wellness of being instead of just relief from a specific condition.

What are the contraindications of Complementary Medicine?

When wishing to use complementary medicine we advise that you consult your GP first for diagnosis and possible treatment. Complementary Medicine should enhance, or “complement” treatment from your orthodox doctor and not replace it. Avoiding conventional treatment can mean missing important, even lifesaving diagnosis and treatment.

There is also the potential for dangerous interactions between Complementary and Orthodox medical treatments.

Other things to be wary of include practitioners who require large payments up-front, promise quick and ?miraculous cures?, and warn you not to trust your Doctor.