Complementary and alternative therapies

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Complementary and alternative therapies are practices and products that are traditionally outside the realm of conventional medicine, but are more natural and economical than traditional pharmacotherapy, sometimes with fewer side effects [463]. They include yoga, dietary and nutritional supplements, and herbal remedies. Research has indicated that there has been an increase in the use of complementary and alternative therapies, particularly among people seeking to treat their depression or anxiety, often in combination with conventional medication [464]. It is beyond the scope of these Guidelines to provide an extensive and comprehensive list of available alternative and complementary therapies; however, attention is drawn to some promising interventions for which there is emerging evidence (see Chapter B6).