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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.

Follow the links below to find trusted information about complementary therapies.

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 are widely used in the Australian community, and are often adopted by palliative care patients. There is growing interest in seeking evidence regarding the effectiveness of complementary therapies for palliative care patients.

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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 (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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Complementary Therapies and mental illness.

What are complementary therapies? These are ways of helping yourself stay healthy which complement medical treatment. While these can be useful, care needs to be taken, especially when you have a mental illness. Some people use them instead of medical treatment or without consulting their doctor – this can be dangerous as substances used in ‘natural’ therapy are not required to undergo the same rigorous tests for safety as prescribed medications. The term ‘natural’ is also misleading, as most prescribed medications are actually derived from natural substances too.

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Complementary therapies and cancer - Cancer Council Australia

During your cancer journey you may hear about, or become interested in, complementary therapies. There are many therapies on offer and information about these can be confusing. This fact sheet will help you to make informed and safe choices.

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