A complementary therapy is one that can be used in addition to, or instead of, conventional Western medicine.
Of course, you can get a few treatments on the NHS via pain clinics: the waiting list is long but well worth getting on to. Some of the treatments available on the NHS are homoeopathy, herbal medicine, reflexology, acupuncture, nutrition, shiatsu massage and aromatherapy. You can also get some of these treatments from your nearest training college for a quarter of the price charged by normal salons.
Other treatments available at colleges, include pedicures, manicures and waxes, treatments I can no longer do myself.
You can also join some of the discount companies online that offer reductions in your area for a number of things, including include spas and beauty treatments.
Our doctors and health services are overstretched as it is, whereas most alternative practitioners have time to explore our problems in a bit more depth. They should never be considered as a replacement for conventional medicine, but
the two can certainly go hand in hand. Some treatments are far from ‘new’, with documentation on aromatherapy dating back 5000 years.
With so many people now trying out complementary and natural remedies, it’s important you find out that they are fully-qualified. The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council’s register – http://www.cnhc.org.uk/ – has practitioners who meet the standards of proficiency for their field. They must also hold professional indemnity insurance, have no criminal record and agree to abide by a code of conduct.