Integrative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Integrative medicine encompasses a number of complementary therapies and practices, such as meditation, massage, acupuncture, and the use of herbs and dietary supplements.

These integrative practices — sometimes called complementary and alternative medicine — may help people with cancer, persistent pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and many other conditions.

While many complementary therapies have been studied, many more have not. In some cases, evidence about safety or efficacy of a particular therapy may be conflicting. Before you try something new, take time to research the risks and benefits.

Your doctor can be a good resource — and needs to be your partner to help ensure you're making informed decisions about complementary practices.

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Nov. 19, 2021