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Complementary and alternative therapies report

A person having acupuncture on their footComplementary and alternative medicine (CAM) refers to a wide range of therapies and practices that aren't considered to be part of mainstream medicine. Complementary therapies is a type of of CAM, and it can be split into two different areas:

  • treatments delivered by complementary therapists (e.g. acupuncture, osteopathy and chiropractic)
  • therapies that use 'devices' (e.g. copper bracelets or magnets).

We've produced a report on different types of complementary therapies that are specifically used for the following conditions:

This report will help you decide whether to use complementary therapies and which might be best for you.

Download the authoritative, evidence-based report, Practioner-based complementary and alternative therapies for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and low back pain (3.94 MB).

For more general information about complementary therapies, read complementary and alternative treatments.

For more information, go to or call 0300 790 0400 to order the complete printed booklet.
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