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Alternative and Complementary Medicine Quiz

Many people swear by alternative and complementary therapies. Find out more about these treatments by taking this quiz.

1. "Alternative medicine" and "complementary medicine" mean the same thing.
2. One of the central principles of complementary and alternative medicine is that the body heals itself.
3. Homeopathy is a form of complementary/alternative medicine that uses extremely small amounts of certain substances to promote healing.
4. Herbal medicine and acupuncture are treatments used in naturopathy.
5. Ayurvedic medicine, which originated in India, promotes controlled breathing as one element of treatment.
6. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the idea of balancing yin and yang.
7. The herb Artemisia Annua, from Traditional Chinese Medicine, has been used successfully to treat malaria.
8. St. John's wort is an herb touted as a natural treatment for diabetes.
9. It's important to tell your health care provider about any dietary supplements you take because they may interact with prescription medications.
10. You can't take too much of a water-soluble vitamin.

Online Resources

National Academies  http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=9810&page=95
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  http://nccam.nih.gov/health/ayurveda/introduction.htm
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  http://nccam.nih.gov/health/decisions/practitioner.htm
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  http://nccam.nih.gov/health/homeopathy/
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  http://nccam.nih.gov/health/homeopathy/#treatments
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  http://nccam.nih.gov/health/naturopathy/
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  http://nccam.nih.gov/health/naturopathy/naturopathyintro.htm#treatment
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  http://nccam.nih.gov/health/stjohnswort/ataglance.htm
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  http://nccam.nih.gov/health/stjohnswort/sjw-and-depression.htm
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  http://nccam.nih.gov/health/supplements/wiseuse.htm
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  http://nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  http://nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/overview.htm
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  http://nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/wholemedical/
World Health Organization  http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2005/pr24/en/index.html