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:
- Is your practitioner qualified and licensed to offer advice and / or treatment?
- Does your practitioner have prior experience in integrative therapies?
- Has your practitioner sought your complete medical history, family history, your habits and preferences? Have you provided all information truthfully?
- Has your practitioner explained the evidence and his own experience in relation to the suggested therapies?
- 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?
- 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.