What is complementary healthcare?

Complementary healthcare is a term used to describe therapies or healthcare approaches that are used in addition to, or alongside, conventional care.

 Complementary therapists registered with CNHC support public health by encouraging their clients to make positive lifestyle changes that could improve their health and wellbeing. This valuable support includes improvements to diet and nutrition, support with giving up smoking and losing weight, support with reducing stress, improving sleep, managing pain and other symptoms, as well as overall enhancements to wellbeing.  Appropriate use of Complementary Healthcare can reduce the pressure on the NHS.

 The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published guidelines that include recommendations about the use of complementary therapies for:

Complementary healthcare should never be used in place of relevant orthodox medical care or medication. Always consult your doctor for medical care and diagnosis. Always let your GP, Consultant or other healthcare professional (eg. midwife or psychologist) know if you are receiving complementary healthcare 


Support organisations

To find out more about how complementary healthcare could be of benefit visit the following support organisations: