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. How are relaxation techniques used?
  8. What is meditation?
  9. What is spinal manipulation?
  10. What is acupuncture?
  11. What are tai chi and qi gong?
  12. What is yoga?
  13. What is homeopathy?
  14. What is naturopathy?
  15. What is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)?
  16. What is Ayurvedic medicine?
  17. What kinds of research on complementary health approaches does NIH fund?
  18. Has NIH sponsored any studies of complementary health approaches for health problems that are common among older adults?
  19. Have any complementary approaches been shown to prevent cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease?
  20. Are any complementary approaches helpful for osteoarthritis symptoms?
  21. Are any complementary approaches effective in treating urinary tract symptoms related to prostate enlargement?
  22. Are any dietary supplements effective for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or other eye diseases?
  23. Can any complementary approaches help with sleep problems?
  24. Can any complementary approaches help with symptoms of menopause?
  25. What has research shown about complementary health approaches for pain?
  26. What has research shown about complementary approaches for low-back pain?
  27. Are multivitamin/mineral supplements safe?
  28. Does the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulate dietary supplements?
  29. Are mind and body practices safe?
  30. What do I need to know about products marketed as dietary supplements for erectile dysfunction?
  31. What do I need to know about cancer treatments sold over the Internet?
  32. I’m interested in using St. John’s wort. Is there anything special I need to know?
  33. What should I know about health information on the Internet?
  34. Can you recommend some good online sources of information on complementary health approaches?
  35. What should I keep in mind when selecting a complementary health practitioner?
  36. Will my health insurance cover the complementary health approach I want to use?
  37. Why is it important to tell my health care providers about my use of complementary health approaches?
  38. How can I get information about complementary health approaches from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)?

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