In general, since a primary philosophy in Integrative Medicine is to adopt the least intensive and least invasive approaches to the extent possible, risks are inherently low. That said, as a beneficiary of treatment, you might be well served to ask yourself and / or your practitioner the following questions:

  1. Is your practitioner qualified and licensed to offer advice and / or treatment?
  2. Does your practitioner have prior experience in integrative therapies?
  3. Has your practitioner sought your complete medical history, family history, your habits and preferences? Have you provided all information truthfully?
  4. Has your practitioner explained the evidence and his own experience in relation to the suggested therapies?
  5. If your practitioner has suggested an ingestible (pharmaceutical or nutraceutical)
    • Have you discussed any known allergies?
    • Have you discussed potential side effects or adverse interactions with any current medication?
    • Have you asked about the source of the product, quality control and government regulations?
  6. Last but not the least, does the practitioner and the provided information instil a feeling of confidence?

If the answer to any of the above questions is NO, think again and discuss your concerns with your practitioner.