Complementary and alternative treatments - About
What are complementary and alternative treatments?
Complementary and alternative treatments are not part of mainstream care. This means that you are unlikely to get this type of treatment through the NHS. They can be used to complement your NHS treatment. Or in some cases, as an alternative to NHS treatment. You may hear them being called ‘holistic treatments’.
Different complementary and alternative treatments can help with different symptoms. They can focus on your physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
Can I use complementary and alternative treatments for mental health problems?
You can use complementary and alternative treatments with other treatments. But there is a not much scientific evidence to say they can help treat mental illness. Many people find them useful, even though there isn’t much evidence. They can be useful to deal with side effects of medication and symptoms of mental illness.
Speak to your GP or mental health team if you are interested in complementary and alternative treatments.
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