The National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has developed a website to give healthcare providers information they can use to discuss with their patients the safety and effectiveness of alternative-medicine practices and products.
Evidence-based information is provided on dietary supplements and herbs, as well as meditation and acupuncture, chiropractic and massage therapies, according to an NIH news release. Materials provided include summaries of research studies and fact sheets for patients.
The site also offers a link to information on how to file a report with the FDA about a possible adverse event believed to be related to a dietary supplement.
The website cites a recent survey in which 53% of respondents said they had used complementary or alternative medicine at some point in their lives. Among them, 58% said they discussed these treatments with their healthcare provider—and most said they, rather than their provider, initiated the conversation.