Complementary medicine refers to a group of healing practices that offer treatment for existing ailments, and can help people to improve their physical and emotional well-being.
Complementary medicine refers to these healthcare practices that aim to heal outside the realm of conventional medicine. The term ’complementary medicine’ has generally replaced the term ‘alternative medicine’ to reflect the fact that these practices are now often used alongside conventional medicine to treat an ailment, rather than as an alternative to conventional medicine.
Complementary medicine can treat a wide range of ailments such as:
- Aches & pains
- Hayfever & allergies
- Candida/vaginal thrush
- Low mood
- Mild anxiety
- Morning sickness
- Pre-menstrual tension (PMT)
- Everday stresses
The philosophy behind complementary medicine is that by restoring the balance of our body, mind and spirit we can achieve good health and well-being. For example, if we feel unduly uptight this may be expressed as a physical symptom such as a stomach ache, or headache, so by treating everything as one we can heal all of the problems.
During an appointment, which usually lasts at least 30 minutes, a therapist will ask detailed questions about your medical history, diet, lifestyle habits, likes and dislikes. Before visiting a therapist, you should make sure that they are properly trained, qualified, insured and registered with a professional body.
Complementary medicine has been increasingly popular in recent years and there is a growing evidence base to support it.
At Nelsons, we strongly advocate an integrated approach to healthcare, with conventional and complementary medicine working alongside each other to provide the best result for consumers. Many people find that complementary healthcare helps support their emotional well-being when used in parallel with conventional medicine.