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Getting Started With Complementary and Alternative Medicine

New to complementary and alternative medicine? This section contains everything you need to get started, including finding a practitioner, statistics, insurance, which therapy to choose, and more.
  1. Book & Product Resources (8)
  2. Product Alerts / Safety (14)
  3. Scams / Quackery (3)
  4. Sort Out Your Options (2)
  5. Tools / Assessments (48)

What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine?
What is complementary and alternative medicine? Here is a definition.

Most Popular Complementary / Alternative Therapies
Which complementary / alternative therapies do people prefer?

Top 15 Conditions For Which People Turn to Alternative Medicine
What are the 15 most common health problems that cause people to seek complementary / alternative therapies?

Who Uses Complementary and Alternative Medicine?
What are some of the characteristics of complementary and alternative medicine users?

Main Types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Find out about the 5 main types of complementary and alternative medicine therapies.

Most Popular Herbs and Supplements
What are the best-selling herbs and supplements in the United States?

What is the Difference Between "Alternative" and "Complementary" Medicine?
Are the terms alternative medicine and complementary medicine interchangeable or is there a difference?

Complementary and Alternative Medicine 101
Are you new to complementary and alternative medicine? Here is some info to get you started.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Directory
Directory of complementary and alternative topics on this site.

How to Find a Complementary / Alternative Practitioner
How do you go about finding the right complementary and alternative medicine practitioner? Here are some suggestions.

12 Most Common Questions About Insurance and Alternative Medicine
You may be covered in part for complementary / alternative therapies. Find out the 12 most common questions people have.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Glossary
Looking for a definition of a treatment, test, medical term, or other word related to complementary and alternative medicine? Look it up in this glossary.

How to Choose Quality Herbs and Supplements
Tips on choosing quality herbs and supplements.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research
Learn what research is currently being conducted by the National Institutes of Health on complementary and alternative medicine.

Survey Results: Over One-Third Americans Use Alternative Medicine
Over one-third Americans use complementary and alternative medicine, according to a survey by the National Institutes of Health.

Recommended Complementary and Alternative Medicine Reference Books
Do you need a reference book on complementary and alternative medicine? Here is a selected list of recommended books.

Standardization
What is standardization? Why do supplement companies standardize their herbs?

Commission E
What is the Commission E?

What is the Cochrane Collaboration?
What is the Cochrane Collaboration?

What is a Placebo?
Get a definition of the word placebo.

Nutritional Supplement Survey
Find out the results of a survey on people's beliefs and patterns of using nutritional supplements.

10 Steps to Total Wellness
Get tips on taking 10 basic steps to improve your well-being.

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