Holistic or complementary healthcare includes a wide range of therapies that can be used alongside traditional medicine. They should never be used in place of orthodox medical care and it is recommended that you consult your doctor for diagnosis and a medical care plan. If you are thinking of having holistic therapy you should advise your GP or healthcare professional.
There are thousands of holistic and complementary healthcare therapists throughout the UK and you should therefore be able to find a therapist suited to help treat your condition without having to travel too far from your home.
What does Holistic mean?
Holistic in medicine is defined as:
“Characterised by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of the disease”.
What type of treatments could be classed as holistic or complementary therapies?
Acupressure • Allergy testing and food intolerance • aromatherapy massage • Bowen/Alexander techniques • chair massage • colonic hydrotherapy • counselling • homeopathy • Hopi ear candles • hot stone massage • hypnotherapy • Indian head massage • kinesiology • manual lymphatic drainage • naturopathy • reflexology • reiki • shiatsu • sports massage • Swedish massage
What medical conditions can benefit from holistic or complementary therapy treatment?
As the variation of therapies is so vast, the application of them is again very varied. Commonly the use of holistic or complementary therapies include improving the quality of life for people living with chronic conditions or who are in palliative or post-surgical care. Holistic therapies can be used to help support the body’s natural healing mechanism, assist with pain management and support patients with any fear and anxiety present associated with their illness.
About The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)
The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) is the largest and leading professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland. The FHT was established in 1962 and is a not for profit organisation.
To become a member of the FHT a therapist must be qualified, professional and insured which gives you peace of mind when selecting your therapy provider.
About The Complementary Medical Association (CMA)
The CMA was founded in 1995 and its primary aim is to promote ethical, responsible, professional complementary medicine to the public and the medical profession. The CMA is a not-for-profit organisation and represents the interests of thousands of practitioners in various categories
About the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
The CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners established in 2008 with government funding and support. Its purpose it to act in the interest of the public and enable public accountability of the complementary therapists that it registers.