Complementary Medicines

Always check with your doctor or healthcare provider before incorporating any new therapy into your regimen.

What is complementary medicine?


Complementary medicine refers to a group of healing practices that offer treatment for existing ailments outside of conventional medicine, and can help people to improve their physical and emotional well-being. 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.

There is a long-standing relationship between complementary and conventional treatments. It can be argued that it even started off a very young C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the United States from 1982-1989. In the book Koop, he says: “I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a doctor. The doctors I knew as a very young child must have helped to plant the desire in me, when I was as young as five or six. One Homeopathic physician, Dr. Justice Gage Wright, was a great model.”

How can it help you?


Complementary medicine is used for a wide range of ailments such as:

• Aches & pains • Tiredness • Low mood • Candida / vaginal thrush
• Hayfever & allergies • Headaches & migraines • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) • Pre-menstrual tension (PMT)
• Sleeplessness • Dermatitis & eczema • Digestive disorders • Menopause
• Everyday stresses • Mild anxiety • Sinusitis • Morning sickness

Visit our Find a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP) page if you would like to locate one in your area. If you have an interest in training to become one, please see our BFRP education section.

How does it work?


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.

Who uses it?


Complementary medicine has been increasingly popular. Many find that complementary healthcare helps support their emotional well-being when used in parallel with conventional medicine. 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 people.

Celebrities that reportedly use homeopathy include David Beckham, Cher, Usain Bolt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Blythe Danner, Paul McCartney, David Beckham, Twiggy, Caprice, Susan Hampshire, Tina Turner, Louise Jameson, Gaby Roslin, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Nadia Sawalha, Jennifer Aniston, Jade Jagger, Pamela Anderson, Roger Daltry, Annabel Croft and Meera Syal.