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Please note: these are not alternatives to medical treatment, they are complementary to medical treatment. In other words these are extra to medical treatment.

Rainbow. Photo by Martyn Gorman.There is a wide variety of complementary therapies, ranging from ancient systems of medicine, such as acupuncture, to treatments such as massage and aromatherapy. What the therapies have in common is a view that concentrates on the whole person, the 'holistic' approach. They often also require an active participation in making lifestyle changes, for example to diet, exercise or positive thinking.

The list of therapies below is neither an endorsement of their effectiveness, nor a suggestion that they should be tried. It is simply a list of common therapies which are available with contact details should you wish to look into them. What is important when starting anything is that you consult your GP or medical practitioner and that you look for a registered practioner.

Disclaimer: Complementary therapies are not an alternative to your current medical treatment. You should talk to your doctor before starting any complementary therapy.

  • Acupuncture
    Involves inserting fine needles into specific points in your body, to stimulate the healing process and relieve pain.
    British Acupunture Council
  • Alexander Technique
    Helps people to learn to re-align their body, to release tension and prevent poor posture and associated problems.
    Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
  • Aromatherapy
    Essential oils of plants are used to massage the body, or to inhale.
    International Council of Professional Aromatherapists
  • Art Therapy
    Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication.
    British Association of Art Therapists
  • Chiropractic
    Manipulation of the spine and joints to restore alignment.
    College of Chiropractors
  • Dance Movement Therapy
    Dance Movement Psychotherapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance through which a person can engage creatively in a process to further their emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration.
    Association for Dance Movement  Psychotherapy UK
  • Herbalism
    Medical herbalists are health care providers trained in conventional medical diagnosis who use plant-based medicines to treat their patients.
    National Institute of Medical Herbalists
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
    Involves breathing pure oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressures in an enclosed chamber.
    Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Trust
  • Hypnotherapy
    A 'talking therapy' or form of counselling, based on conversation and suggestions made under hypnosis or trance.
    National Hypnotherapy Society
  • Indian Head Massage
    The Association of Indian Head Massage (AIHM) is a specialist group of practitioners and tutors under the umbrella of the Association of Reflexologists.
  • Massage
    A treatment that involves rubbing or kneading the muscles, either for medical or therapeutic purposes, or simply as an aid to relaxation.
    General Council for Massage Therapy
  • Meditation
    An ancient method of relaxation which breaks the continuing cycles of stress patterns.
    British Meditation Society
  • Mindfulness
    A mind-body approach to wellbeing that can help you change the way you think about experiences and reduce stress and anxiety.
    Mental Health Foundation
  • Music Therapy
    People work with a wide range of accessible instruments and their voices to create a musical language which reflects their emotional and physical condition.
    British Association for Music Therapy
  • Osteopathy
    Focuses on the joints, muscles and ligaments and aims to diagnose and treat any mechanical problems affecting the body by massage and manipulation.
    General Osteopathic Council
  • Reading Well
    'Books on Prescription' helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing through helpful reading.
    Reading Agency
  • Reflexology
    Involves massaging the feet or hands, applying pressure to reflex points that correspond to all parts of the body. A relaxing therapy, especially suited to problems related to stress.
    British Reflexology Association  ;
    Association of Reflexologists
  • Reiki
    A system of natural healing, which involves non-intrusive touch on the various areas of the body in order to channel the 'life energy' from practitioner  to recipient.
    Reiki Association
  • Shiatsu
    A type of massage based on the idea that good health depends on a balanced flow of energy through specific channels of the body.
    Shiatsu Society
  • Tai Chi
    A meditative form of movement, which can be practised on many levels. Can help with relaxation, stress relief and personal growth.
    Tai Chi Union for Great Britain
  • Walking
    Walking reduces the risks of many diseases, for example: heart disease, osteoporosis, certain cancers, diabetes and .
    Walking for Health
  • Yoga
    Good for suppleness and strengthening body muscles, yoga is an excellent form of exercise. It will help control movements and breathing, and will encourage muscle relaxation.
    Yoga Biomedical Trust

Find out more

Visit our Information Centre to read Complemenary Healthcare: A guide for patients.

Many of the links above will help you find a therapist. Plus you could find out more if you:

National organisations

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