Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine are medicines and health practices that are not usually used by doctors to treat cancer.
- Complementary medicine is used in addition to standard treatments.
- Alternative medicine is used instead of standard treatments.
Examples of complementary and alternative medicine include—
- Tai chi, yoga, and other mind-body therapies.External
- Vitamins, herbs, and other nutritional therapies.External
Talk to your doctor before you start any kind of complementary or alternative medicine, even for managing side effects from standard treatment. Complementary and alternative medicines may make standard cancer treatments not work as well.
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PatientsExternal (National Cancer Institute)
- Talking about Complementary and Alternative Medicine with Health Care Providers: A Workbook and TipsExternal (National Cancer Institute)
- Complementary and Alternative MedicineExternal (American Cancer Society)