Complementary and alternative medicine include such things as yoga, acupuncture, massage, and tai chi. In the past, these modalities were considered a far field from medicine, but as a growing number of studies are being performed, the medical community is beginning realize that some of the techniques can be helpful for everything from stress reduction to help with blood pressure. It may be years before we have enough significant studies to suggest using them as treatment, so what can you do? Here's our suggestion…as long as you're not replacing a tested medical treatment with something like yoga or massage, there's no reason not to combine it with others. It makes sense to try things that are good for you.
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