Can I get complementary and alternative therapies on the NHS?
Generally speaking, the NHS does not provide complementary and alternative therapies for people with arthritis or related conditions. However, there is a lot of local variation, so you may need to ask.
Some NHS organisations employ chiropractors and osteopaths. Many NHS physiotherapists use acupuncture, and some occupational therapists, clinical psychologists and nurses are trained in relaxation or meditation techniques.
The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) in central London is an NHS centre for integrated and complementary medicine. You need to be referred by your GP.
If you have private health insurance, it may cover complementary and alternative therapy so check with your insurer.