Complementary Health Approaches

Frequently Asked Questions

33. Why is it important to tell my health care providers about my use of complementary health approaches?

Talking with your health care providers about your use of complementary health approaches will help ensure coordinated and safe care. Some complementary health approaches can interfere with standard health care, so your health care providers need to know about everything you’re doing to manage your health

It’s especially important to discuss your use of complementary approaches with your health care providers if you take any medicines, if you’re planning to have surgery, or if you’re considering stopping (or not starting) conventional treatment for a medical problem.