Alternative Treatments

Meditation, yoga, herbs and acupuncture are used by many people to help them get well. Some of these methods are helpful, while others do little or may even cause harm. If you decide to use an alternative healing practice to help you get well, it's important to keep some things in mind.

  • Medicaid won't pay for most alternative medicines. You will have to pay out of pocket.
  • If your PCMP is a community clinic, check to see what they offer. Some clinics offer yoga, meditation, massage therapy and cultural healing practices.
  • Do research to learn as much as you can about the treatment. Don't rely only on what friends or family say. Read books and articles. Do research on the internet.
  • Talk to your PCMP to find out if he/she knows anything about the treatment you are interested in. He/she may be able to give you more information, or may even be able to refer you.
  • If you plan to take herbal supplements, it is very important to talk to the doctor who prescribes your medication. Most people believe that herbal supplements are safe because they are natural. This isn't always true. Some contain powerful drugs, which can cause a bad reaction when taken with your prescribed medicines.
  • Find out how much the treatment will cost. People are often surprised to find out that some alternative treatments are very expensive.