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Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies (‘alternative’, ‘traditional’ or ‘holistic’ therapies) often claim to treat the whole person, rather than the symptom of the disease.

These include homeopathy, naturopathy, yoga and acupuncture, and are sometimes used alongside conventional medicine in a belief they can ‘complement’ treatments.

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Mental and physical wellbeing

Many Australians are trying complementary therapies to improve their physical and mental health. Wellbeing is not necessarily about happiness or absence of disease, but is linked to your overall feelings of satisfaction and contentment.

Want to know more? Read these 8 tips for good mental health.

Last reviewed: July 2015

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Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies is often used to describe treatments used alongside, or integrated with, evidence-based conventional medical treatments.

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Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies is often used to describe treatments used alongside, or integrated with, evidence-based conventional medical treatments.

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Complementary therapies

What are complementary therapies? These are ways of helping yourself stay healthy which complement medical treatment. While these can be useful, care...

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Complementary therapies

This sheet has been written to provide general information about complementary therapies for people with arthritis. It provides a summary of the current evidence about complementary therapies for arthritis as well as tips for the safe use of these therapies. Sources of further information are also included.

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Asthma and complementary therapies - myDr.com.au

Find out the effect that complementary therapies such as herbal medicines and acupuncture can have on your asthma.

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Complementary Therapies

It is generally understood that complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, while alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. Many patients use complementary or alternative therapies. This could be because they have always used them, their disease is progressing and nothing else works or conventional treatment has been deemed futile.

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Complementary therapies (Greek)

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Complementary therapies (Vietnamese)

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Complementary therapies (Chinese)

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Complementary therapies (Arabic)

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