Posted by: The personal injury help and advice team
From acupuncture and reflexology to Reiki and homeopathy, there are hundreds of complementary and alternative therapies in existence. For many of these, the primary aim is to help support general well-being, while others are intended to supplement conventional medical practices or controversially, even replace some orthodox medicines.
In a recent survey, The Guardian found that as many as 100 million people across Europe are using complementary therapies. And, according to users of online network, Therapy Directory, complementary and alternative therapies should be made more widely available in order to help prevent illness, speed up NHS waiting times and step in when orthodox medicine comes up short.
Despite their popularity, use of complementary and alternative therapies is still a widely debated topic, but whatever your opinion or personal experience, there’s no denying the plethora of treatments available. Here’s a run-down of some of the most popular, and where to get more information.
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and an important part of traditional Chinese medicine. Practitioners insert fine needles at specific points on the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes – acupuncture is widely used for pain relief of minor ailments. Get more info at www.acupuncture.org.uk
Reflexology targets specific areas of the body, usually the feet and hands, with pressure via various thumb, finger and hand techniques. Reflexology is thought to be able to relieve minor ailments in other parts of the body. Find out more at www.aor.org.uk/home/what-is-reflexology
Aromatherapy aims to improve psychological or physical well-being through the use of aromatic plant oils and essential oils. Usually offered as a complementary therapy, aromatherapists apply oils through topical application, massage, inhalation or water immersion. Read more about aromatherapy at www.aromatherapy.com
Originating in Japan more than 100 years ago, Reiki is a non-invasive complementary technique that is said to promote inner peace and support the body’s natural ability to heal itself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Find out more at www.reikifed.co.uk
Please note that this article was produced by The Personal Truths team as information only and should not be regarded as advice.