When TM/CAM medication therapies are used as self-treatment, consumers need to be aware of the importance of following the proper recommendations. Consumers should always notify their conventional health care provider and TM/CAM practitioner if symptoms do not disappear, if there is no improvement in general (depending on the aim of the therapy), if symptoms get worse or adverse events are suspected. In addition, consumers using self-treatment need to pay special attention to all the issues outlined in the sections above as well as consult health providers, including those for traditional medicine, to ensure proper use of TM/CAM.
A list of TM/CAM medication therapies and conditions appropriate for self-medication can be helpful for the consumer who wishes to self-medicate. However, the suitability of self-medication is also dependant on the individual’s own knowledge. When possible, consumers should be encouraged to discuss their self-medication with their TM/CAM provider, conventional health care provider or pharmacist.