Complementary or alternative therapies are additional or “alternative” approaches to conventional medicine. They aim at preserving health, alleviating symptoms and improving the quality of life. There are hundreds of disciplines and a wide variety of approaches. Here are some examples:
- massage therapy
- music therapy
- acupuncture, etc.
The use of natural products is widespread among Canadians (70%).
These products can cause interactions with other medications, hence the importance of having a discussion with your doctor before taking them.
When conventional medicine fails to heal or relieve us or does not yield the expected results, many people use complementary approaches in the hope that they can regain their health.
If you have scleroderma and want to resort to these practices it is very important that you get information about them and understand how well they work and discuss your complementary therapies with your doctor to avoid any adverse effects on your health.