about Complementary Therapy
Complementary medicine, also known as alternative medicine, refers to methods of healing which are not normally considered part of conventional Western medicine. However, many complementary therapies have a long history of use and are widely recognised for having health benefits. Certain traditions are practised in conjunction with conventional treatments as part of what is referred to as integrative medicine.
One distinguishing feature is that most complementary therapies are considered holistic, they work along the principle of treating the person as a whole, not merely addressing physical symptoms. Holistic forms of medicine also hold the view that the body has a natural capacity to organise itself around it's inherent health. Practitioners of complementary medicine work in partnership with patients to encourage self-healing.