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Complementary & Alternative Therapies


Complementary and alternative therapies are not routinely funded

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

This commissioning policy has been produced in order to provide and ensure equity, consistency and clarity relating to the approach to complementary and alternative therapies by the Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The policy reflects the relative lack of high quality research data available to support the use of these therapies.

Complementary and alternative therapies are not commissioned by the CCG as “stand-alone” treatments due to a paucity of information on clinical effectiveness.

In certain circumstances some of the procedures are commissioned as part of a broader contract with a mainstream provider (for example specialist pain management, oncology, palliative care and musculoskeletal [MSK] services) in a multi-disciplinary approach to symptom control.

The alternative and complimentary therapies and alternative disciplines covered by this policy include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Alexander Technique
  • Anthroposophical medicine
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bach and other flower remedies
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Crystal therapy
  • Dowsing
  • Eastern medicine
  • Healing Nutritional medicine
  • Herbal medicine
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Iridology
  • Kinesiology
  • Maharishi Ayurvedic medicine
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Naturopathy
  • Neutralising Antigens/clinical ecology/environmental medicine
  • Osteopathy
  • Pilates
  • Radionics
  • Reflexology
  • Shiatsu
  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Yoga

N.B. The alternative and complementary therapies/disciplines listed above are not exhaustive.


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