In This Chapter
Understanding complementary and alternative medicine
Exploring the East-West connection: The best of both worlds
Looking at the pros and cons of some “natural” supplements
Learning how to evaluate complementary or alternative therapies
You know by now that I believe you can do many things in your daily life to enhance your short- and long-term quality of life. But where do complementary and alternative therapies fit in?
Let me say right from the beginning that Western medicine doesn’t have all the answers. Various therapeutic techniques, personal practices, and products that fall under the rubric of complementary or alternative medicine can be beneficial. But because the terms can be used to cover so many areas, the old warning of caveat emptor — let the buyer beware — certainly applies here. However, if you’re careful and use proven complementary or alternative techniques judiciously and in combination with the many benefits of modern Western cardiovascular medicine, you can derive important benefits without taking unnecessary ...