Complementary and alternative treatments
Some people with mental health problems find using complementary and alternative treatments helpful. This factsheet explains what complementary therapies are and how you can get them.
- Complementary and alternative treatments are health-related treatments which are not part of mainstream medical care. They are thought to increase wellbeing, aid relaxation and promote good mental health.
- You can use complementary and alternative treatments for different mental health needs.
- There is not much research about how well complementary and alternative therapies work.
- Not all complementary and alternative therapies are regulated. It is important to make sure the person who gives you the therapy is qualified.
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These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in September 2016. Next review September 2019.
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