Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies explained

Some people find it helpful to try different therapies to help them feel better while they're having treatment.

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    Complementary therapies - our position

    Find out about our position on the use of complementary therapies and the information we provide about them.

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    What are complementary and alternative therapies?

    Complementary and alternative therapies are used in different ways.

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    Choosing a complementary therapy

    There is lots of help available to help you choose the best therapy for you.

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    Choosing a complementary therapist

    Always use a qualified therapist when choosing a complementary therapy.

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    Massage therapies

    Massage can be used to relax your mind and body, relieve tension and enhance your mood.

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    Energy-based therapies

    Energy-based therapies can be relaxing and calming. Some use physical contact to work energy around the body. Others use no touch at all.

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    Mind body therapies

    Mind-body therapies may help you to take greater control of your feelings, symptoms and side effects and improve well-being.

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    Diet and food supplements

    A healthy diet can make a big difference to your well-being. Nutritional therapy can help you find the diet that’s best for you.

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    Psychological and self-help therapies

    It can help to speak to someone outside your circle of family and friends. Psychological therapies can help you cope with difficult feelings.

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    Physical therapies

    Physical therapies work the body and mind through gentle movements and breathing exercises. They can improve feelings of fatigue and overall well-being. Physical therapies work the body and mind through gentle movements and breathing exercises.

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    Therapies using herb and plant extracts

    Some people find therapies using herbs and plants helpful.

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