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Complementary Therapies


‘Complementary therapies’ describes treatments that are used alongside conventional medical treatments. Sometimes people talk of ‘alternative therapies’. These are used instead of, or independently of medical treatments.

What are complementary therapies?

Complementary therapies include:

  • herbal medicine
  • dietary supplements and tonics
  • creams, injections, powders
  • homoeopathic medicines
  • vitamin and mineral supplements
  • acupuncture
  • chiropractic
  • mind-body therapies
  • massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and many other therapies.


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Last updated 13 September 2013*