When considering complementary and alternative therapies, patients should ask their health care provider the following questions:
What side effects can be expected?
What are the risks associated with this therapy?
Do the known benefits outweigh the risks?
What benefits can be expected from this therapy?
Will the therapy interfere with conventional treatment?
Is this therapy part of a clinical trial?
If so, who is sponsoring the trial?
Will the therapy be covered by health insurance?
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