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Alternative Therapies--Efficacy

for Veterans and the Public

Do they work?

There is not enough research to tell if these treatments really help people with hepatitis C.

Many people who use alternative treatments report positive results, that they feel better or that their liver test results get better. We don't know if those changes are due to their use of alternative treatments or not until better research has been done.

Healthy people use complementary therapies to try to make their immune systems stronger and to make them feel better in general.

People who have diseases or illnesses, such as hepatitis C, use these therapies for the same reasons. They also can use these therapies to help deal with symptoms of the disease or side effects from the medicines that treat the disease.

Avoid any therapy that promises to cure hepatitis C. The only treatments which have been shown to rid patients of the hepatitis C virus are pegylated interferon, ribavirin, and, for certain patients, boceprevir and telaprevir. (Read more on hepatitis C medications.)

Avoid any treatment that promises to cure your hepatitis C. If you are interested in learning whether an alternative treatment is safe enough and worth your paying money for and trying, discuss it directly with your provider.

The federal government is funding studies on how well some alternative therapies work to treat disease, so keep your eyes open for news about these studies.