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Welcome to The UK Complementary Therapist & Therapy Guide.
A Directory and Guide providing information about Alternative Therapies & Therapists.
If you are looking for a complementary therapist near you, or to find out more about complementary therapies or alternative therapy and holistic medicine, or what therapists can offer, our Therapist Guide has all that and more:-

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Complementary or Alternative Therapy / Medicine (CAM)

Although Complementary or Alternative Therapies (CAM) and Natural Medicines are relatively new to Western Culture they have been accepted, developed and in use for thousands of years in many other cultures.
CAM has existed for many centuries in Chinese, Indian and some Middle Eastern and Greek civilisations.
They include different approaches and techniques for treating the whole person, often described as Natural Health treatment or Holistic Medicine.
CAM has evolved to be used in conjunction with and not instead of modern conventional western medicine (allopathic medicine)

Defining CAM is difficult, because the field is very broad and constantly changing and developing. The terms Complementary and Alternative are often used interchangeably and despite the terms Therapy and Medicine being different concepts (described below) many of these treatments are becoming more popularly referred to as CAM therapies

  • “Alternative medicine” will often refer to the use of CAM as an alternative to conventional medicine (eg Acupuncture)
  • “Complementary medicine” is seen as a medicine that complements conventional medicine (eg Aromatherapy)

Millions of people now subscribe to Complementary Health and the use of alternative & complementary therapies is worldwide, with demand for these therapies still growing.
About half of all GPs, in the UK, now provide some kind of access to these forms of therapy and despite Britain coming late to the use of these therapies it is estimated by practitioners that demand for these therapies has increased by up to 30% in the last ten years.
It is currently estimated that 3 in 10 local health authorities in Britain now offer some form of alternative therapy to patients and that as many as one third of people in the United Kingdom have tried at least one form of alternative therapy, usually for the treatment of various problems such as backache, arthritis, or headaches migraine
.


Some of the more popular complementary therapies include;

• Aromatherapy, Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, Reflexology, Chiropractic, Hypnotherapy, Indian Head massage, Tai Chi and Qigong

Some of the more popular alternative therapies include;

• Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, Crystal Therapies, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Naturopathy, Energy Therapies, Magnetic Therapy, Co lour Therapy, Music Therapy, Healing with Crystals, Hot Stone Therapy, Cupping, Craniosacral Therapy and Meditation

It is highly recommended that you use a qualified practitioner who is a member of a regulatory body. By law, chiropractic and osteopathy practitioners must be registered with the appropriate professional bodies
In the United Kingdom, there is an organisation that monitors CAM therapists known as British Register of Complementary Practitioners. On their site, they say "The British Register of Complementary Practitioners (BRCP) is a professional register of practitioners who have proved their competence to practice by either completing an approved course or through an assessment made by the Registration Panel. They also agree to observe a Code of Ethics and Practice and have full practitioner insurance." This helps monitor the quality of CAM in the UK and reduces the risk of quackery



 

 

Some broader definitions of CAM therapies
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Featured Therapy --- Naturopathy

Previously Featured Therapies include:-
Aromatherapy, Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
, Psycotherapy, Hopi Ear Candling, Bowen Therapy, Kinesiology, Indian Head Massage, Shiatsu, Qigong, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Alexander Technique, Ayuverda, Naturopathy, Bach Flower Therapy, Chelation Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Shamanism, Somatics, Osteopathy

Naturopathy
The concept of Naturopathy was developed in Ancient Greece by what has become known as the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400B.C. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates had the belief that by first viewing the whole person to find the cause of disease, and then using the laws of nature to determine a cure. From this original school of thought Naturopathy took its principles.

The healing power of nature-

Naturopathy is a system of natural healthcare, it recognises that the body has the ability to heal itself and naturopathic practitioners act to bring about this natural process. Naturopaths believe that the right kind of conditions must be in place to allow any healing process to begin and these conditions require getting rest, relaxation and enough sleep combined with exercise, feeding the body nutritional food and removing toxins from the system.


Identify and Treat the Causes-

Naturopaths try to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
The underlying root causes of disease must be removed for complete healing to take place . These root causes can exist at many levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It is the naturopathic doctor's ostensible role to identify this root cause, in addition to alleviate suffering by treating symptoms.

Avoid doing any harm-
Naturopaths never use treatments that may create other conditions which could harm the patient, they only employ methods and medicinal substances which minimise the risk of harmful side effects and use the least force necessary to diagnose and treat.
Any therapy used must not interfere with the natural healing process by masking symptoms this is considered suppressive and should be avoided .
Therapists will acknowledge, respect and work with the individual's self-healing process and the natural life force of the individual should be supported to encourage healing.

Treat the whole person-
A persons health must go beyond treatment of immediate symptoms, and should treat the entire person's well being. That means treating the entire body, as well as the spirit and mind thus any treatment plan should consider all aspects of a person’s being, taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors.
Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopaths encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.


The physician as teacher-
A Naturopath empowers the patient to take responsibility for his/her own health by teaching self-care
Naturopath educate individuals in their lifestyles and encourage them to "take responsibility for their own health". This cooperative relationship between doctor and patient is essential to healing.

Prevention-
Naturopathic practitioners emphasise the prevention of disease, assessing risk factors, and susceptibility to disease then make necessary interventions, in partnership with their patients, to prevent illness. They may remove toxic substances and situations from a patient’s lifestyle to prevent the onset of further disease

The ultimate goal of the naturopaths is prevention. The emphasis will be on building health, not fighting illness. This is done by fostering healthy lifestyles, healthy beliefs, and healthy relationships.

Traditional Naturopaths
The healing power of nature, is the central tenet of Traditional Naturopathy. Bacteria and viruses, which are always present, seldom cause problems in a healthy body. According to naturopathic practice, disease occurs when toxins that have accumulated internally – often due to incorrect lifestyle, a poor diet, and improper care of the body - weaken a person. While conventional medical treatments may rid the body of symptoms, these treatments alone do not bring about true healing. Rather than trying to attack specific symptoms and diseases, Traditional Naturopathy offers a holistic approach to the individual that supports the body in finding its way back to homeostasis.

Traditional Naturopathy is not a medical practice. While prescribing drugs and pharmaceuticals, performing surgery, and other invasive procedures clearly have their place in the hands of properly trained medical doctors, these practices are outside the scope of Traditional Naturopathy and are at odds with its fundamental principles. Instead Traditional Naturopaths focus on educating clients to lead healthier lives and on the use of naturopathic modalities such as light, water, herbs, healthy foods, and exercise to cleanse and strengthen the body and support its natural healing process.



 

Guide to all our Listed Therapies

Previously Featured Therapies include:-
Aromatherapy, Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
, Psycotherapy, Hopi Ear Candling, Bowen Therapy, Kinesiology, Indian Head Massage, Shiatsu, Qigong, Acupuncture, Acupressure, AlexanderTechnique, Ayuverda, Naturopathy, Bach Flower Therapy, Chelation Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Shamanism

 

( Fuller definitions of Complementary and Alternative therapies can be found on our pages:-
Guides to the various Therapies available )

 

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Our guide to Complementary Therapy in the UK was set up to provide information about these therapies, how they function and how they may help you. The site also provides a comprehensive list of Alternative nd Complementary Therapy Providers in all areas of the UK.

Currently we list Therapists and Alternative Medicine Providers in the following areas :-

Abingdon BERKSHIRE
Aldershot HAMPSHIRE
Alnwick NORTHUMBERLAND
Amersham BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Ashbourne DERBYSHIRE
Aylesbury BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
 Find a Alternative Therapist in towns B-C
Banbury OXFORDSHIRE
Barnsley S. YORKS
Barnstaple DEVON
Basingstoke HAMPSHIRE
Bath SOMERSET
Beckenham KENT
Bedford BEDFORDSHIRE
Berkhamsted HERTFORDSHIRE
Berwick-upon-Tweed NORTHUMBERLAND
Beverley E. YORKS
Bicester OXFORDSHIRE
Biggleswade BEDFORDSHIRE
Birmingham WEST MIDLANDS
Blackpool LANCASHIRE
Bodmin CORNWALL
Bognor Regis SUSSEX
Bolton LANCASHIRE
Bootle MERSEYSIDE
Boston LINCOLNSHIRE
Bournemouth DORSET
Bracknell BERKSHIRE
Bradford W. YORKS
Bridgnorth SHROPSHIRE
Bridgwater SOMERSET
Bridlington E. YORKS
Brighton SUSSEX
Bristol GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Bromley Gtr. LONDON or KENT
Bromyard HEREFORDSHIRE
Buckingham BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Bury St. Edmunds SUFFOLK
Buxton DERBYSHIRE
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns C-D
Camborne CORNWALL
Cambridge CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Cannock STAFFORDSHIRE
Canterbury KENT
Carlisle CUMBRIA
Chatteris CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Chelmsford ESSEX
Cheltenham GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Chester CHESHIRE
Chesterfield DERBYSHIRE
Chichester SUSSEX
Chippenham WILTSHIRE
Cirencester GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Colchester ESSEX
Corby NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Cottesmore RUTLAND
Coventry WEST MIDLANDS
Crawley SUSSEX
Crewe CHESHIRE
Croydon SURREY
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns D-E
Darlington Co. DURHAM
Derby DERBYSHIRE
Dereham NORFOLK
Doncaster S. YORKS
Dorchester DORSET
Dover KENT
Dudley WEST MIDLANDS
Dunstable BEDFORDSHIRE
Durham Co.DURHAM
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns E-F
Ealing MIDDLESEX
Eastbourne SUSSEX
Ely CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Enfield MIDDLESEX
Epsom SURREY
Evesham WORCESTERSHIRE
Exeter DEVON
Exmouth DEVON
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns F-G
Falmouth CORNWALL
Fareham HAMPSHIRE
Farnborough HAMPSHIRE
Felixstowe SUFFOLK
Folkestone KENT
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns G-H
Gateshead TYNE & WEAR
Gloucester GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Grantham LINCOLNSHIRE
Gravesend KENT
Grimsby LINCOLNSHIRE
Gt Yarmouth NORFOLK
Guildford SURREY
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns H-I
Halifax W. YORKS
Harlow ESSEX
Harrogate N. YORKS
Harrow MIDDLESEX
Hartlepool CLEVELAND
Hastings SUSSEX
Hatfield HERTFORDSHIRE
Haverhill SUFFOLK
Hemel-Hempstead HERTFORDSHIRE
Henley-on-Thames OXFORDSHIRE
Hereford HEREFORDSHIRE
Hertford HERTFORDSHIRE
Hexham NORTHUMBERLAND
High Wycombe BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Hinckley LEICESTERSHIRE
Huddersfield YORKSHIRE WEST
Hull E. YORKS
Huntingdon HUNTINGDONSHIRE
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns I
Ipswich SUFFOLK
 Find a Alternative Therapist in towns K-L
Keswick CUNBRIA
Kettering NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Kidderminster WORCESTERSHIRE
Kings Lynn NORFOLK
Kingston-on-Thames SURREY
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns L-M
Lancaster LANCASHIRE
Leatherhead SURREY
Ledbury HEREFORDSHIRE
Leeds W. YORKS
Leicester LEICESTERSHIRE
Leigh-on-Sea ESSEX
Leighton Buzzard BEDFORDSHIRE
Leominster HEREFORDSHIRE
Lichfield STAFFORDSHIRE
Lincoln LINCOLNSHIRE
Linton CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Liverpool MERSEYSIDE
London LONDON
Loughborough LEICESTERSHIRE
Lowestoft SUFFOLK
Ludlow SHROPSHIRE
Luton BEDFORDSHIRE
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns M-N
Macclesfield CHESHIRE
Maidenhead BERKSHIRE
Maidstone KENT
Malvern WORCESTERSHIRE
Manchester GREATER MANCHESTER
Mansfield NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
March CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Margate KENT
Market Drayton SHROPSHIRE
Market Harborough LEICESTERSHIRE
Marlborough WILTSHIRE
Melton Mowbray LEICESTERSHIRE
Middlesborough CLEVELAND
Milton Keynes BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Morpeth NORTHUMBERLAND
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns N-O
Newark NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
Newbury BERKSHIRE
Newcastle TYNE & WEAR
Newquay CORNWALL
Newton Abbot DEVON
North Shields TYNE & WEAR
Northallerton N. YORKS
Northampton NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Norwich NORFOLK
Nottingham NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
Nuneaton WARWICKSHIRE
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns O-P
Oakham RUTLAND
Oldham LANCASHIRE
Oswestry SHROPSHIRE
Oxford OXFORDSHIRE
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns P-R
Penrith CUMBRIA
Penzance CORNWALL
Peterborough NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Petersfield HAMPSHIRE
Plymouth DEVON
Pontefract W. YORKS
Poole DORSET
Preston LANCASHIRE
Portsmouth HAMPSHIRE
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns R-S
Reading BERKSHIRE
Redhill SURREY
Richmond SURREY
Romford ESSEX
Ross-on-Wye HEREFORDSHIRE
Rotherham S. YORKS
Rugby WARWICKSHIRE
Runcorn CHESHIRE
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns S-T
Sale &
Altrincham
CHESHIRE
Salisbury WILTSHIRE
Sandy BEDFORDSHIRE
Scarborough N. YORKS
Scunthorpe LINCOLNSHIRE
Sevenoaks KENT
Shaftesbury DORSET
Sheffield S. YORKS
Sherborne DORSET
Shrewsbury SHROPSHIRE
Sidmouth DEVON
Solihull WEST MIDLANDS
South Shields TYNE & WEAR
Southampton HAMPSHIRE
Southend ESSEX
Southport MERSEYSIDE
St. Albans HERTFORDSHIRE
St. Ives HUNTINGDONSHIRE
St. Neots CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Stafford STAFFORDSHIRE
Staines MIDDLESEX
Stamford LINCOLNSHIRE
Stevenage HERTFORDSHIRE
Stockport CHESHIRE
Stockton on Tees CLEVELAND
Stoke-on-Trent STAFFORDSHIRE
Stratford-upon-Avon WARWICKSHIRE
Stroud GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Sudbury SUFFOLK
Sunderland TYNE & WEAR
Sutton SURREY
Sutton Coldfield WEST MIDLANDS
Swindon WILTSHIRE
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns T-U
Tamworth STAFFORDSHIRE
Taunton SOMERSET
Telford SHROPSHIRE
Thame OXFORDSHIRE
Thetford NORFOLK
Torquay DEVON
Trowbridge WILTSHIRE
Truro CORNWALL
Tunbridge Wells KENT
Twickenham MIDDLESEX & Gtr. LONDON
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns U-W
Uppingham RUTLAND
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns W-Y
Wakefield W. YORKS
Warminster WILTSHIRE
Warrington CHESHIRE
Warwick WARWICKSHIRE
Watford HERTFORDSHIRE
Wellingborough NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
West Bromwich WEST MIDLANDS
Weston-S-Mare SOMERSET
Wetherby YORKSHIRE WEST
Weymouth DORSET
Whitby YORKSHIRE NORTH
Whitehaven CUMBRIA
Whittlesey CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Winchester HAMPSHIRE
Wigan LANCASHIRE
Wimbledon SURREY
Wimborne Minster DORSET
Windsor BERKSHIRE
Wirral MERSEYSIDE
Wisbech CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Witney OXFORDSHIRE
Woking SURREY
Wokingham BERKSHIRE
Wolverhampton WEST MIDLANDS
Worcester WORCESTERSHIRE
Workington CUMBRIA
Worksop NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
Worthing SUSSEX
   Find a Alternative Therapist in towns Y
Yeovil SOMERSET
York N. YORKS
   
J, Q, V X, Z We are not denying the existence of Town names starting with J, Q, V, X, Z but so far no-one has submitted a listing for one

 

 

The Creation of a Complementary Therapies Guide.

With the growth in demand for Complementary Therapies estimated to be in excess of 30% within the last ten years and with 3 in 10 local health authorities in Britain now offering some form of alternative therapy to their patients I began to look into how therapists and potential clients for the various therapies were being serviced by the internet

Research revealed that Guides and Directories on the web tended to provide information either about therapies or just list therapists, so in an effort to combine these two areas resulted in the birth of the Complementary Therapies Guide

Good easy to understand information about the various therapies available, some well known and some not so, was one of the prime aims of the guide. People, sometimes disillusioned with what “conventional” medicine offered them, could explore the options and alternatives this growing field of complementary healthcare could offer them.

What to expect and what to look for when choosing a therapist , is often a confusing and tricky choice to make, especially as it concerns your health and wellbeing.

Therapists need the opportunity to advertise their businesses to a wide range of the public. Many of these therapy providers offer their services to local areas and others to all of the UK and even worldwide Quite often smaller more “local” therapy providers felt their details were being lost in a long list of, randomly presented therapists for the whole UK. To ensure that both large and smaller therapist businesses reached their target markets, the directory was constructed to list businesses in towns for all counties of the UK.

When the Directory was eventually established I believe we had achieved our two main goals:-
• Satisfying the therapists need to advertise in areas of their choice.
• Providing the public with useful information about therapies available and an easy to use directory of therapists to choose from


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