Complementary therapy use widespread in urology

September 1, 2002

Q Can you characterize the patient who uses complementary and alternativemedicine?Virtually everybody uses complementary medicine. When you ask patientsabout the medications they are taking, they may tell you they are on oneor two drugs. But if you don't ask them, they will never tell you aboutall the vitamins and supplements they take. When you specifically ask themabout vitamins and supplements, you end up getting laundry lists. What Ifind is that many men, in particular, will say they take whatever theirwife gives them.