One benefit is that many
people who practice complementary medicine take a "whole person," or holistic,
approach to treatment. They may take an hour or more to ask you questions about
your lifestyle, habits, and background. This makes many people feel better
about the treatment, the person giving the treatment itself, and the
In some cases, this type of medicine works as well as
standard medicine. For example, research shows that
St. John's wort works as well for depression as a
common antidepressant and causes fewer side effects. Also, these treatments
often cost less and have fewer side effects than standard treatment.
Some people feel more in control when they are more involved in their own
health. And since most complementary medicine looks at the connection
between mind and body, many people who use it feel better. They like working toward overall wellness instead of just relief from one problem.