Many patients also like to explore alternative medicine as part of an integrative treatment plan. Although most alternative medicines and treatments are not FDA-approved or scientifically vetted through clinical trials, some patients report therapeutic benefits from integrative medicine added to their treatment.
If you have found something that works for you, that is great! But before you try anything, particularly something that you ingest or inject, please consult your physician. Certain vitamins and minerals (calcium and Vitamin D, for example) can interfere with the effectiveness of certain antibiotics as can certain food products, so it is important that your doctors know what you are taking, in case you need to schedule those differently from your prescribed medications. You can also consult with your pharmacist about drug/supplement interactions.
In addition, you should never start or stop any prescribed medication or treatment without consulting your doctor first.