Thursday, March 24, 2011

Complementary therapies in general practice

Doctors increasingly recognise the value of complementary therapies and a GP may aim to incorporate them into his treatment plan. The relative roles of these treatments may depend on several factors, including the condition to be treated, the patient’s wishes and the treatment options available to the doctor.

For certain conditions, such as cancer, schizophrenia or coronary artery disease (CAD), the GP will generally recommend that conventional drugs and procedures take a predominant role, but for other disorders complementary therapies may be a preferred first option. Complementary therapies can often work hand-inhand with conventional treatments to relieve symptoms, reduce underlying stress and improve general well-being.

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