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With their increasing popularity, more clinical research has been conducted on integrative therapies. Overall, the results are encouraging, and many conventional health care professionals are now incorporating integrative therapies that are supported by scientific studies into their practice of medicine.
Combined with conventional medicine, integrative approaches can help relieve pain and improve quality of life. Before you start any new treatment, however, do your own research. Not all integrative therapies have been appropriately tested for safety and effectiveness.
• Gather information. Investigate specific therapies by viewing reputable websites and talking to your health care professional.
• Use reputable therapy providers. Only use providers who have professional credentials, or who were recommended by your health care professional.
• Beware of interactions. Ask whether any nutritional supplements you are considering taking might interfere with your over-the-counter or prescription medications.
• Understand treatment costs. Many integrative therapies aren't covered by health insurance.
• Talk with your health care professional before trying something new. This is especially important if you're pregnant or nursing.