Complementary and alternative medicine

What is complementary or alternative medicine?

Read about treatments that fall outside of mainstream healthcare. Everything from acupuncture and homeopathy to aromatherapy, meditation and colonic irrigation can be considered complementary and alternative.

How to choose a CAM practitioner

How to choose a complementary or alternative therapies practitioner, including what qualifications to look for and what questions to ask.

How CAM is regulated

How are complementary therapies regulated? Who controls alternative practitioners? Where can I check my therapist's credentials?

The placebo effect

All about the placebo effect, how it works and why the placebo effect should be taken into account when considering treatment.

CAM: what is evidence?

What is scientific evidence and how can you use it when deciding whether to use complementary and alternative medicine?

Understanding your medicines

How to make sense of your prescription medicines and what to discuss with your doctor. Plus, a pharmacist answers common questions.

Complementary therapies in pregnancy

Find out if it's safe to have complementary and alternative treatments when pregnant.

Alexander technique

Find out about the Alexander technique, which some people use to help ease back pain.

All the facts about homeopathy

Described as "scientifically implausible" – but regularly used by thousands – what's the truth about homeopathy?

Does hypnotherapy work?

Hypnotherapy has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, but not everyone will have any benefit. Find out why.

What can osteopathy be used for?

Find out about osteopathy – a manual therapy that may work to help some people who have pain in their lower back.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Clinical trials and medical research

Clinical trials explained, including how to take part in one and why medical research is important

Ask the doctor

Tips on how to make the most of your doctor's appointment, including a checklist of the most basic questions to ask

Choice of treatments

Many health conditions can be treated in different ways. Know your options and choose what's right for you

Worried about the latest health scare?

Behind the Headlines can help you sort fact from fiction on the latest health scares and miracle cures in the media

Health boosting tips

Ten ways to boost your health, including tips for exercising more, eating healthily and stopping smoking

Miracle cure or scam?

Will an online miracle cure really provide the answer to your health problem?

'Hypnosis helped me get to sleep'

Chronic insomniac Suzie turned to hypnosis when everything else failed