Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Alternative medicine is the use of a nonconventional approach instead of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is a nonconventional approach used along with conventional medicine.

Alternative medicine hasn't been well-studied as a treatment for people with eating disorders, but complementary treatments may help reduce anxiety. Such treatments may help people with eating disorders by increasing a sense of well-being and promoting relaxation.

Examples of anxiety-reducing complementary treatments include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Yoga
  • Meditation

Talk with your doctor before trying any alternative medicine. Natural doesn't always mean safe. Your doctor can help you understand possible risks and benefits before you try a treatment.

Dec. 30, 2014