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Alternative Therapies for HIV/AIDS: Points to Remember

for Veterans and the Public

Points to remember

In addition to getting mainstream medical care, more and more people are turning to complementary treatments to improve their overall health or to help with specific health problems.

Complementary therapies can include physical therapies (such as yoga and acupuncture), relaxation techniques (such as meditation), and herbal medicines.

Many people report that these therapies make them feel better and help with symptoms and side effects.

It is important to remember that not all complementary therapies are safe for you. In fact, some therapies (including certain herbs) can be very dangerous because they can interact with your HIV drugs or cause severe side effects.

Always be sure to let your doctor know what medicines you are taking--whether they are prescription or not.