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Complementary therapy

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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, herbal treatments, moxa and cupping to improve health.

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 and supplements | Jean Hailes

What is natural therapy, complementary therapy, complementary medicine and alternative therapy? Do they mean the same thing? Every culture throughout the world has at some point used healing plants as the basis for its medicines and many have used

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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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Alternatives to HRT fact sheet | Women's Health Queensland Inc

Many women explore options for safe and effective complementary or alternative medicine to relieve menopausal symptoms. This fact sheet provides an overview of lifestyle options and popular alternative treatments for women at this time.

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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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Illness and complementary medicine

Illness and complementary medicine Caring for yourself when you are unwell When youre unwell, you need to take extra care As a person with diabetes when you are sick, your bodys 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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Complementary Therapies - Asthma Australia

Complementary therapies for asthma management are not generally part of standard medical care. If youre seeking complementary therapy for managing your asthma, here are the steps to take.

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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 treatments and therapies Arthritis Australia

Complementary therapies are any treatments or therapies that are not part of the conventional treatment (such as medicines or surgery) of a disease

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Complementary therapies and cancer - Cancer Council Australia

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

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