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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:-

  • Course and Training guides.
  • A wide range of advertising options for therapists who want to promote their business, product or service,
  • A comprehensive guide to Therapies currently available (both popular and less well known).
  • Herbal and Natural Medicine guides.
  • A Therapist Shop.

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

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.

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.



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


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Feature Listings for Bedford

Joanne Waine
23 Manor Close
MK42 7AA
Life coaching, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), hypnobirthing and clinical hypnotherapy. Help with confidence, stop smoking and personal psychological problems. Also runs workshops on hypnobirthing, self-hypnosis, stress management and weight loss/ slimming.

Holistic Healing & Therapy
Bromham Road

TelNo: 07913781092


Holistic Healing & Therapy is located on Bromham Road in Bedford, near the town centre, coach station and train station. It is managed by a Holistic Therapist and Healer, offering Reiki and Journey Therapy

Basic Listings for Bedford  

Cormarell Hypnotherapy Practice Tel. 07984 948983
84 Osborn Rd
MK45 4NZ

Tranquil Minds 07984 948983
29 Kimbolton Rd
MK40 2PB

Reiki Sounds 01525 753866
9 Tennyson Road
MK45 1QN
Sound,Reiki, Crystal Therapies, Hopi Ear, Training, Workshops,MBS Events
15 years Experience in Complementary Health

The Comfort Zone
302 Chapel Lane

A friendly treatment facility offering indian head, swedish and sports massage,beauty treatments, Hopi, Pilates and Yoga

Holistic Hypnotherapy 0843 289 30 40

Experienced Hypnotherapist Martin Newman Offers Rapid Transformation Techniques, Bodily Healing,Regression, Past life Regression, Stop-Smoking Specialist

Area: Goldington
Town: Bedford

Peaceful Living 07722 030424
Bedford Complementary Health Centre
Mayfair House
Lurke Street, Bedford MK40 3HZ

Reiki Treatments and Workshops to Enhance and Balance your life in a natural way usingthe Universal Life Force Energy

Shaftesbury Clinic
01234 511522
:14 Shaftesbury Avenue
MK40 3SA

Acupuncture in Bedford for stress, pain, acne, fertility, relaxation and many other conditions. Fully qualified member of the British Acupuncture Council.




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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