Complementary medicine

The word "complementary" means "in addition to." Complementary medicine is treatment and medicine that you use in addition to your doctor's standard care.

What is considered standard treatment in one culture may not be standard in another. For example:

  • Acupuncture is standard in China but not in the United States.
  • Hypnosis is a standard part of psychiatry, but it may not be standard if used to treat cancer.

Other examples of complementary medicine include:

  • Yoga
  • Massage therapy
  • Herbal remedies
  • Naturopathic medicine

Recommended Resource

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Main site for alternative medicine including acupuncture, dietary supplements, herbs, massage techniques and other non-traditional medical practices.