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Complementary therapy

Image of man receiving acupuncture treatment on his back.


Acupuncture, which originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, uses needles to stimulate points in the body. It may help treat some conditions.

Complementary therapies - an overview

Complementary therapies such as homeopathy, naturopathy and acupuncture are sometimes used alongside conventional medicine.

Moxibustion is the burning of 'moxa', dried plant materials, gently on or near the skin. It's a technique used in Chinese medicine.

Chinese traditional medicine

Based on ancient practices, traditional Chinese medicine uses techniques such as acupuncture, tai chi, herbal medicines and various other mind body pr...

Chiropractor administering treatment to a female patient.


A chiropractor is a health practitioner who manipulates joints. This article explains what chiropractors do, and suggests questions you can ask.

Medicine dropper illustrating homeopathy.


This article briefly describes homeopathy, including the lack of current evidence for its effectiveness and safety.

Man receiving a massage from a professional therapist.

Massage therapy guide

Through manipulating the body’s soft tissues, massage therapists can help manage a range of conditions. There are many types of massage.

Woman on beach doing yoga for relaxation.

Relaxation techniques for stress relief

With practice, relaxation can help you calm down and take a step back from stressful situations. Follow the tips here.

Two women taking a break during yoga class.

Yoga for beginners

Considering yoga? Here are many of the answers to common yoga questions, including how it can benefit your health and how to find a class.

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Natural therapies | Jean Hailes

What is 'natural therapy', 'complementary therapy', 'complementary medicine' and 'alternative therapy'? Do they mean the same thing? Every culture…

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Complementary and alternative therapies - Cancer Treatments

There are many complementary or alternative therapies that may be promoted as cancer treatments. Some may be helpful, but some can interfere with your treatment or cause you harm.

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Lifestyle and alternative treatments - BluePages

Lifestyle and alternative treatments involve changing the way you live or natural therapies. Select a lifestyle treatment to find out if it is likely to help.

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Natural Treatments for Acne | Complementary Therapies | All About Acne

Theres a lot of interest in using complementary therapies or natural treatments for acne. Weve reviewed some of the more popular therapies that have been shown to help improve your skin.

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Illness and complementary medicine

Illness and complementary medicine Caring for yourself when you are unwell When you’re unwell, you need to take extra care As a person with diabetes when you are sick, your body’s increased production of stress hormones will cause your blood glucose levels to rise Make sure you keep a list of contact numbers for your doctor, credentialled diabetes educator, hospital and ambulance by the phone

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Adverse reactions to alternative medicines - Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

Adverse reactions to complementary and alternative medicines (CAM)

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Complementary therapies | Cancer Council

Find credible information on complementary and alternative therapies. Can CAMs help cancer patients relieve symptoms and improve well-being?

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Menopause | Jean Hailes

Healthy living, natural and complementary therapies, menopause hormone therapy, or MHT (formerly called hormone replacement therapy, or HRT) and some…

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Complementary therapies

The facts Many people use complementary therapies to support medical treatment. Complementary therapies are not a replacement for adequate medical tre...

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Complementary therapy for kids

Complementary therapies such as chiropractic and naturopathy are often used alongside conventional medicinal treatments, both for adults and children.

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