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What is Complementary Medicine and how is it Governed?

Updated: Apr 22

The Complementary Medical Association has the highest membership standards of all multidisciplinary organisations.

They are dedicated to representing complementary medicine and natural healthcare at the very highest levels of government - ensuring that our collective voices are heard when it comes to policy-making - and decisions that impact the health of our nations, and our rights to practice or teach.

They provide valuable evidence based information on complementary medicines via newsletters, articles and videos on a variety of conditions such as men's and women's health, aging, diet, weight, beauty, fitness and more.

What is it? The 5 Categories of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

There are 5 categories of Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Mind-Body, Manipulative body based, energy medicine, biologically based and whole medical/alternative systems.


uses mind, body, breath and movement to benefit health eg meditation, yoga, Pilates, hypnotherapy.

Manipulative body based modalities

include massage, physiotherapy, chiropractors, reflexology and more.

Energy based medicines

include acupuncture, reiki, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Therapeutic touch, magnets.

Biologically based medicines

include Naturopathy, natural products, herbs, supplements, Chelation and diet therapies.

Whole medical systems

offer a complete theory and practise that include a defined philosophy and explanation of disease, diagnosis, and therapy that has evolved independent of conventional (allopathic) medicine.

Examples of these are: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathy. I would also add integrated medicine, functional kinesiology and other therapies from around the world that incorporate any of the 'whole systems' and offer a whole person self-responsible approach.

We are very fortunate that we have the opportunity to access such a wide variety of modalities and therapies to treat and prevent health issues.

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