Complementary, holistic or alternative treatments are therapeutic methods used to promote general health and wellbeing, stave off illness and disease, and speed recovery from injuries. They have evolved from ancient cultural practices and are still widely practiced in many countries.
The fundamental principle is that the body, mind and soul are intimately interconnected and that by balancing all three realms, a sense of self-healing can occur and improve overall wellbeing.
These therapies supplement and enhance modern medical treatment and are often used alongside conventional care in hospices, hospitals and other healthcare settings, helping to ease symptoms and side effects.
NB. Complementary therapies should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other healthcare professional for medical attention and advice.