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  • Complementary therapies are used alongside conventional medicines or treatments.
  • Alternative therapies are used instead of conventional medicines or treatments.
  • There is no scientific or medical evidence for some complementary therapies and many alternative therapies. They may be unsafe or cause harmful side effects.
  • Do not assume that complementary medicines are safe just because they come from a natural source.
  • Talk to your doctor if you are thinking about taking complementary medicine, to make sure it is safe for you. 
  • Never stop taking prescribed medications, or change the dose, without first discussing with your doctor.
  • Tell your complementary practitioner about all medicines, treatments and remedies you use. 

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Reviewed on: 29-07-2021