Complementary health approaches refer to a range of treatments that are not typically classified as part of traditional Western medicine.
Complementary health approaches may also include such treatments as mindful meditation, biofeedback, guided imagery, and acupuncture, all of which are not classified as standard practices in the Western medical system. Complementary health approaches, also known as alternative medicine or integrative health, may refer to any medical treatment without the use of drugs.
The philosophy of complementary health approaches usually emphasizes the promotion of wellness, healing, and prevention through self-awareness of the mind and body, as well as exercise, nutrition, and other forms of self-care.
Often, complementary health practitioners will work together with medical practitioners. For example, medical doctors and acupuncture specialists often refer patients to each other and/or work together in the same clinic.