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DR. RODGERS: Millions of Americans use complementary health approaches, but what does that mean?

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague, Dr. Helene Langevin, director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at NIH, explains:

DR. LANGEVIN: The word “complementary” means “in addition to.” Complementary medicine refers to health care practices that may be used along with standard medical treatment. Examples include natural products, like herbs and supplements, as well as mind and body practices, like acupuncture and meditation.

Tell your doctor what you do to manage your health, including any complementary health approach you are using or would like to try. This conversation can help you understand whether a complementary health approach could have an effect on your current medical treatment.

DR. RODGERS: Follow us on Twitter @NIDDKGov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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