You may have heard of complementary or alternative medicine (also known as CAM for short). It can also be called natural or holistic medicine.
Examples include acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, reflexology, osteopathy and herbal medicine – but there are lots of other therapies, processes, programmes and techniques, too.
Many people who have M.E. try them.
Sometimes they work for some people, sometimes not.
For example, aromatherapy can be very soothing and relaxing. It can help you if you aren't sleeping or have muscle pain.
You should not expect to be cured by any of these approaches, or use them instead of medical care but they may help you feel better for a while.
- Check with your doctor if you're thinking of giving one of them a try.
- Your mum, dad or carer might like to read our web pages about M.E., which have advice on seeing a private practitioner, or our A-Z of complementary or alternative medicine in InterAction magazine.