Doctors are generally aware of what complementary medicine has to
offer; in fact, they are better educated than most people about both
orthodox and alternative medicine options. However, they are unable to
suggest any natural health therapies to patients due to their
employment contract. Regulations by health insurance companies
prohibit doctors from suggesting natural non-drug treatments as a
condition of their employment, backed up by Medical Board Regulations.
Is it true that all doctors in the USA are forbidden from suggesting non-drug treatments to patients?
Doctors are NOT prohibited from recommending "alternative" therapies; in fact, some of the medications we use everyday came from home remedies. For example, salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin, was used by the ancients. It's found in the bark of the willow tree, and a tea made of the boiled bark was known to work wonders for pain.
In fact, many if not most of today's common medicines are based on chemicals found in various herbs that we've used throughout history. The only way a doctor would get in trouble for recommending "alternative" medications is if he/she recommended ones that hadn't been proven to work and might cause severe side effects such as St. John's Wort. It's been proven to help with a variety of conditions, but isn't often recommended because it interferes with several key enzymes and may cause serious problems if one eats the wrong thing or combines it with the wrong medications. Some natural remedies used simply because the payoff for the patient is minimal, not because their a payoff for the doctor, and be suspicious of any claims made for products that have not been evaluated by the FDA.