Complementary Health Approaches

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are complementary health approaches?
  2. What is the difference between "complementary" and "alternative?"
  3. Do many people use complementary health approaches?
  4. What are some types of complementary health approaches?
  5. What are natural products?
  6. What are mind and body practices?
  7. What is spinal manipulation?
  8. What is acupuncture?
  9. What are tai chi and qi gong?
  10. What is yoga?
  11. What is homeopathy?
  12. What is naturopathy?
  13. What is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)?
  14. What is Ayurvedic medicine?
  15. What kinds of research on complementary health approaches does NIH fund?
  16. Has NIH sponsored any studies of complementary health approaches for health problems that are common among older adults?
  17. What has NIH-sponsored research shown about the use of Ginkgo biloba for preventing cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease?
  18. What has NIH-sponsored research shown about the use of glucosamine and chondroitin for osteoarthritis?
  19. What has NIH-sponsored research shown about the use of saw palmetto for urinary tract symptoms related to prostate enlargement?
  20. What has NIH-sponsored research shown about the use of dietary supplements for age-related macular degeneration?
  21. What has NIH-sponsored research shown about vitamin E and prostate cancer?
  22. What has research shown about complementary health approaches for pain?
  23. What has research shown about complementary approaches for low back pain?
  24. Are multivitamin/mineral supplements safe?
  25. Does the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulate dietary supplements?
  26. Are mind and body practices safe?
  27. What do I need to know about products marketed as dietary supplements for erectile dysfunction?
  28. What do I need to know about cancer treatments sold over the Internet?
  29. I’m interested in using St. John’s wort. Is there anything special I need to know?
  30. What should I know about health information on the Internet?
  31. Can you recommend some good online sources of information on complementary health approaches?
  32. What should I keep in mind when selecting a complementary health practitioner?
  33. Will my health insurance cover the complementary health approach I want to use?
  34. Why is it important to tell my health care providers about my use of complementary health approaches?
  35. How can I get information about complementary health approaches from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)?

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