Complementary Health has grown in popularity in Australia both in terms of complementary medicines and visits to complementary health practitioners.
The term “complementary and alternative therapies” refers to a diverse group of practices and products not considered part of evidence-based, conventional medicine. While complementary therapies are used together with conventional medicine, alternative therapies are used instead of conventional medicine.
There is evidence to support the use of some complementary therapies, but alternative therapies are typically unproven or have been shown to be ineffective.
Many people believe that complementary therapies are safe because they are 'natural'. This is not always true, especially if taken in doses that do not occur naturally in food.
Complementary and alternative therapies may not provide you with any benefit, and may actually cause harm. For example, some complementary therapies may have important unwanted effects (side effects), or may interact with conventional and prescribed medicines or with each other. If you are considering using complementary or alternative therapies, it is important that you discuss this with your doctor to minimise the risk of harm.
The Commonwealth Government regulates the provision of complementary medicines through the Therapeutic Goods Administration and its Complementary Medicines Branch
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency regulates the following health practitioners:
The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission manages complaints regarding health providers.
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