Complementary therapies (or alternative medicines) describe an expansive array of approaches to healthcare that are generally regarded as alternative or additional to the teaching of modern science and medicine. Some examples of complementary therapies include:
- Nutritional Therapy
The idea behind the ‘complementary’ part of ‘complementary therapies’ is that these treatments can be used in conjunction with a traditional medical approach, although this is often not backed up with scientific evidence.
There are many different complementary therapies and many are quite different, so it can be difficult to use a blanket phrase or description in order to describe how complementary therapies are performed. However, generally speaking complementary therapies can often include holistic and spiritual health into account when patients are being treated.
There is a divergence of opinion regarding the validity and effectiveness of many forms of complementary therapy, although many of these forms of therapy have gained increased credibility in recent years. For example, chiropractic and osteopathy, which traditionally have not been accepted as useful or effective, are now receiving favourable reviews from many different people, and are generally accepted as having some use.
Many complementary therapies are derived from ancient approaches. For example, acupuncture originates in many ways from Chinese astrology, whilst the Chinese concept of “qi” is the basis of many complementary therapies. This is one of the reasons why the scientific community are loathe to accept many complementary therapies are genuine and effective ways to treat individuals.
One of the good things about using complementary therapies is that generally speaking they can be utilised in conjunction with other medicines. Furthermore, as time goes on, many complementary therapies are receiving more and more credibility from the medical and scientific world; to the point where acupuncture and osteopathy are generally fairly well regarded.
Nutritional Therapy takes into consideration many factors that may have influenced your health and can include stress levels, family history and medical history to name a few. Nutritional therapy looks at the whole person from various aspects of your past to your current lifestyle. You are normally asked to keep a food diary and complete an in-depth questionnaire. Occasionally, blood & urine samples maybe required. You maybe asked to change your diet and be suggested supplements to improve your health condition.
Most of the therapists listed on this page offer multiple therapies, and many are clinics or health centres offering a range of treatments. Most are UK based. Most are members of one of the multi-disciplinary professional associations such as The Federation of Holistic Therapists or The Guild of Professional Practitioners