Herbal products that can cause problems with blood pressure and heart medications include Hawthorne Berry and Licorice. Saw Palmetto and Garlic should not be taken if you are on anti-coagulants such as Coumadin (Warfarin), or Plavix. Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements can prolong bleeding time as well. Many traditional healthcare providers are unfamiliar with herbal-prescription interactions. However, most store that sell herbal products have a guidebook that you can look at to determine if there are potential interactions between your herbs and supplements and prescription medications.
Alternative or complementary treatments such as acupuncture, massage, Reiki and healing touch, yoga, Tai Chi and biofeedback have no known negative side effects, and can frequently assist in managing side effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatments, as well a promote an improved sense of well-being that can aid in recovery of many diseases.
The most important thing you can do is to be proactive in your own care, do your homework in evaluating herbal or homeopathic products and supplements, and be honest with all your healthcare providers.