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Complementary Healthcare: Getting the Answers You Need

Healthcare provider holding electronic tablet, talking to woman.Whether or not to get complementary care depends on many factors. Talk with your medical doctor and to different complementary caregivers. They’ll offer some answers that can help you decide.

Ask your medical doctor

  • What concerns do you have about complementary healthcare?

  • Will this care interfere with my current treatment in any way?

  • Have you worked professionally with a complementary caregiver? Will you work with one now?

  • Do you recommend any type of care or a specific care provider?

Ask the complementary care provider

  • What benefits can I expect from this care?

  • What, if any, side effects does this type of care have?

  • Have you had success treating people with my health problem?

  • Will you work with my medical doctor?

  • What licensing, certification, and membership in professional organizations do you have?


Research complementary healthcare in your local library, on the Internet, or contact:

  • American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

  • American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

  • American Chiropractic Association

  • American Massage Therapy Association

  • Center for Mind-Body Medicine

  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

  • Yoga Alliance Registry

© 2000-2018 The StayWell Company, LLC. 800 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.