Complementary or Integrative health care refers to the use of non-conventional or non-western medicine resources along with conventional or western medicine resources. By integrating traditional and non-traditional therapies health care professionals can deliver the best care to patients. Alternative medicine refers to the sole use of non-conventional medicine for health care needs. This section provides resources on both complementary/integrative medicine and alternative medicine.
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The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is the federal agency for scientific research into the diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not generally considered a part of conventional medicine. This site brings together conventional western medicine practices with complementary or alternative practices to form a complete picture of the health care environment.
The Mayo Clinic is a nationally recognized health care system with a wealth of reliable consumer health information on disease and conditions, healthy lifestyles, tests and procedures, and drugs and supplements. Complementary and alternative health topics are threaded throughout the consumer health pages, with some examples below.
American Osteopathic Association - Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is therapy that uses hands on care to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness and injury. Osteopathic physicians (DO's) are specially trained in conventional medicine techniques as well as hand on osteopathic therapies. Find a DO in your area on this site.
American Music Therapy Association - Questions and answers about music therapy and how music therapists work are featured on this site. Find a music therapist in your area.
Herb Research Foundation - dedicated to helping educate the world about herbs.
American Botanical Council - Herbal Library and Resources with a range of educational materials.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - About herbs, botanicals, and other products.
NIH - Office of Dietary Supplements - website discussing botanical dietary supplements.
FDA - Safety Alerts and Advisories - A page to link consumers to safety alerts, advisories, and other safety information.
A Guide to Integrative, Complimentary and Alternative Health - from the Department of Nursing at the University of Southern California.
By becoming more knowledgeable about your condition, you can be better prepared to talk with your health care provider and take a more active role in your health care. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences provides this listing of consumer health web sites for informational use only, and does not establish a professional relationship between the users and any health care provider. These materials are not intended as a substitute for the care of a qualified health care provider.
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