Complementary Health Approaches

Frequently Asked Questions

5. What are natural products?

Natural products used in complementary health include herbs (also known as botanicals), vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and a variety of other substances such as glucosamine and fish oil. Natural products are widely marketed and often sold as dietary supplements.

Not all uses of dietary supplements are considered to be complementary. For example, the use of multivitamin/mineral supplements to make sure that people get enough vitamins and minerals is part of conventional medicine.

Research has been done on a variety of dietary supplements, but in many instances there isn’t enough scientific evidence to show whether they are effective and safe. More needs to be learned about the effects of these products in the human body.