Many people use complimentary therapy (sometimes also called alternative therapy) to try to help with particular illnesses or symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, or cancer, or to improve their overall health and wellbeing. There are many different types of complimentary therapy including acupuncture, aromatherapy, homeopathy and massage. Complimentary therapy is sometimes available on the NHS, but much of it is private and has to be paid for directly.
It is important you check that a therapist is qualified, and find out about the therapy before you start.
It’s also important to discuss any complimentary medicine with your GP, especially if you are already taking any prescribed medication. You should not stop taking prescribed medication without discussing it first with your GP.