Consumers need to be aware that decisions about medical care and treatment are best made in consultation with a health care provider. In particular, children, pregnant or lactating women or the elderly should always pay special attention and consult a health care provider and/or authorized TM/CAM practitioner before using any TM/CAM therapy. In the case of medication therapy, children and the elderly often require a different dosage than normally prescribed for adults. Meanwhile pregnant women may risk their own and/or their baby’s health by using certain TM/CAM therapies, due to known or unknown side effects (17).
Information should emphasize that:
• Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult an authorized TM/CAM practitioner before using any TM/CAM therapy.
• Where conventional health care is accessible, communication with the conventional health care provider about TM/CAM use needs to be particularly emphasized in the case of children, pregnant or lactating women and the elderly.