Health · Holistic Living

How can Complementary Therapy Help?


Illustrated by Alisha Patel and Olivia Burge

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Complementary therapies can help with relaxation and when we feel relaxed, the body is likely to feel well. When the body feels well and rested, it can function at it’s best. They not help the body but also the mind and spirit.

Get Well UK patients are asked for feedback. They are asked what the best thing is about receiving complementary medicine, what improvements they would suggest, and whether they have made any changes in their lives which have had an impact on their health.

More than 75% of the Haringey patients reported they were less worried about their condition after receiving treatment, and all the Islington patients said treatment helped.



Ongoing stress can lead to emotional and even physical problems, and there are many ways of dealing with its underlying causes – depending on your individual situation and what is behind the stress.

Complementary therapies can help alleviate Stress symptoms.



Reliable research studies are being carried out and we are beginning to collect evidence for some types of therapy. For example, there is evidence of improved quality of life following mindfulness based stress reduction, and reduced chemotherapy related nausea in people who have acupuncture.

There is increasing evidence that certain complementary therapies can help to control some of the symptoms and side effects of cancer and treatments.



Complementary therapies are treatments used alongside conventional medicine. These include acupuncture, massage therapy and aromatherapy.

People with Parkinson have told us they find complementary therapy can help them to relax. People have also said it helps to relieve some symptoms.



Dementia has many symptoms, which change as the condition progresses. The most suitable complementary or alternative therapy will depend on various factors, including the specific symptoms that need treating and what the person with dementia is comfortable with. The aims of treatment range from improving memory to providing relaxation. Each person will experience the therapy differently, and some therapies are tailored to the individual’s need. This may lead to different people experiencing different levels of effectiveness.



It is important to remember that complementary therapies should never be used as an alternative to medical HIV treatment. Treatments such as massage, relaxation and reflexology should be used alongside treatment (to “complement” it). These therapies can help with the symptoms and side effects of living with HIV and help to promote an increased feeling of all-round wellbeing.


Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.


Complementary therapies can help with wellbeing.  They are just one avenue to wellness.

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