Types of Complementary Medicine

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Complementary medicine includes a wide range of therapies that some people use along with their standard medical care. Here are some common types.

  • Bodywork. This includes massage therapy, reflexology, and spinal manipulation (like chiropractic therapy).
  • Energy therapies. These include reiki, healing touch, and therapeutic touch.
  • Mind and body practices. These include guided imagery, hypnosis, meditation, music therapy, relaxation techniques, tai chi, and yoga.
  • Natural health products. These include supplements, plant products (like herbs and spices), probiotics, and vitamins. They also include special foods or diets.

Ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine also have practices that some people use along with their standard medical care. One example is acupuncture, which comes from traditional Chinese medicine.

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Current as of: September 8, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen M. Fairfield MD, MPH, DrPH - Internal Medicine




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