Complementary medicines continue to be a popular healthcare choice with the general public not only for health maintenance and well-being, but also for the enhancement of vital physiological processes. Some complementary therapies work as well as conventional therapies often cost less and have fewer side effects. Another benefit of complementary medicine is that they serve as prophylactic treatments to numerous ailments. In conjunction with the use of rotation and exclusion diets and the supplementation with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, complementary therapies seek to promote a balanced metabolism to achieve optimal health and prevent disease. A person who uses a complementary therapy often benefits from a sense of empowerment. In seeking care outside conventional medicine, the patient takes a more active role in their health care thereby making them feel more in control of their health. Science has shown that your emotional state can affect your health. Many people respond well to complementary treatments because they often address your sense of well-being as well as the condition itself.
Dietary supplements can help maintain health and prevent the onset of disease. Those who don’t consume enough micronutrients on a daily basis may suffer the effects of a vitamin or mineral deficiency, which can lead to an increased risk of developing certain illnesses. Dietary supplements can offer added “insurance” that one is meeting the daily recommendations of vitamins and minerals needed by the body. This is especially vital for those on restricted diets or those who just don’t eat a healthy, well balanced diet.