Complementary medicines

Last updated: February 07, 2020

St John's wort 
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a broad term that includes many beliefs and therapies, but here we shall look briefly at herbal and homeopathic medicines, and dietary supplements.

In practice, most of the time you will be looking into the safety aspects of these medicines - especially potential interactions or side effects.

Although a few studies have reported favourably on the use of selected preparations such as St John’s wort for depression, for most alternative medicines there remains a lack of good quality research-based evidence for efficacy or tolerability.

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