Be an Informed Consumer
Decisions about your health care are important—including decisions about whether or not to use complementary health products and practices. Take charge of your health by being an informed consumer. Find out and consider what scientific studies have been done on the safety and effectiveness of the product or practice that interests you. Discuss the information with your health care provider before making a decision. These fact sheets and resources can help you think about the issues to consider and questions to ask.
Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name?
Complementary, alternative, and integrative health definitions as well as NCCAM’s mission and role in this area of research.
Issues to Consider
- Are You Considering Using CAM?
- CAM Use and Children
- Tell Your Health Care Provider About Your Use of Complementary Health Practices
- Evaluating Web-Based Health Resources
- Time To Talk About Natural Products for the Flu and Colds: What Does the Science Say?
- Time To Talk About Dietary Supplements: 5 Things Consumers Need To Know
Choosing a CAM Practitioner
About Dietary and Herbal Supplements