Complementary therapies are used with conventional medical treatments. You may have therapies such as massage, relaxation and acupuncture to increase your sense of control, decrease stress and anxiety, and improve your mood.
Alternative therapies are used instead of conventional medical treatments. These therapies, such as coffee enemas and magnet therapy, can be harmful.
Let your doctor know about any complementary or alternative therapies you are using or thinking about trying, as some may not be safe or evidence-based.
For more information, call 13 11 20 for a free copy of the Understanding Complementary Therapies booklet or download a copy from this page.