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.

The placebo effect and complementary and alternative medicine

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

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 about chiropractic

The facts about chiropractic, a manual therapy used by some to treat muscular and skeletal problems.

Having acupuncture

All about acupuncture, a form of Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body.

All the facts about homeopathy

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

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.

Does hypnotherapy work?

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

Herbal medicines

Herbal medicines are remedies made up of plants, trees or fungi. However, being "natural" doesn't necessarily mean they're safe for you to take.

Making sense of your medicines

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

Medically unexplained symptoms

Advice for anyone suffering from persistent health problems that don't appear to have an obvious cause.

Clinical trials and medical research

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

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