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Complementary Medicine (T&CM)

Traditional Chinese medications and acupuncture are examples of complementary medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture

Ayurveda is an example of traditional and complementary medicine

Traditional medicines like Ayurveda

Herbal medicines and supplements are examples of traditional and complementary medicine

Herbal medicines and supplements

What I need to do if I am on T&CM
Continue taking your Western medications when taking traditional and complementary medicine

Continue with Western medicine unless otherwise advised by your doctor

Seek advice from a traditional and complementary medicine professional before taking any herbal supplements

Seek advice from a T&CM practitioner before taking herbal medicines or supplements

Continue monitoring your blood sugar when taking traditional and complementary medicine

Continue to monitor your blood sugar as advised

What I need to know about T&CM

In Singapore, Traditional Medicine (TM) typically refers to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Traditional Malay Medicine (TMM) and Traditional Indian Medicine (TIM), while Complementary Medicine (CM) refers to all other forms of medicine that are non-mainstream, e.g. chiropractic, osteopathy, aromatherapy, etc.

Scientific studies on effectiveness of T & CM for diabetes and its complications are inconclusive or insufficient.

Only Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners are licensed in Singapore.
List of TCM practitioners www.tcmpb.gov.sg

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