Liverpool Women's Health Centre Services
Complementary and Alternative health

The complementary and alternative health services offered by the centre include Naturopathy, Acupuncture and Massage. All of them come from a philosophical background of helping the body to heal and balance itself using natural medicines and non-invasive techniques. As our naturopath is regularly heard saying, “it’s often more about what you do than what you take” .

Naturopathy involves a full and thorough history taking to gather all those clues and messages the body gives us, and then explores treatment options. This may range from nutritional recommendations and supplementation, herbal medicine, lifestyle changes or referral to a doctor or another complementary health practitioner (eg. Acupuncture). The goal of naturopathy is to enable people to take control of their health by understanding how the body works and why it responds in the way it does, and then what you can do to restore balance in the most natural way. Herbal medicines, when appropriately prescribed, are very safe and with a very low incidence of side effects. Your naturopath prescribes an individually designed formula for your specific needs, and reviews this at each follow-up consultation. This also applies to homeopathic, nutritional and supplemental formulas.

Massage involves a briefer history and assessment followed by a massage either for gentle relaxation and stress management or deeper techniques for those ‘trouble’ spots (using gentle Swedish or more intensive remedial techniques). Since this service is in high demand and only offered for 1 day, referral is required from other workers within the centre. For the same reason, we also cannot offer regular long term treatment for more chronic or severe problems.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to help stimulate the body’s own healing process.  It is often used in combination with chinese herbal medicine and has been used for thousands of years in the Orient as part of a complete medical system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to both address disease and promote health.

Today, acupuncture is commonly used as an effective, safe & natural form of healthcare by many people of different cultural and social backgrounds. It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as an effective treatment for many different health conditions.

Chinese Herbal medicine similarly focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment of illness. A chinese herbal formula which specifically matches and treats your individual health problem is prescribed, and is changed as your health changes, until the desired health outcome is achieved.  Today, there are hundreds of substances commonly used in chinese herbal medicine - most are of plant origin though some animal and mineral substances may also be used (vegetarians can also be accommodated). Lifestyle and dietary advice based on the principles of TCM may also be recommended.

In complementary and alternative medicine there is no distinction between the body, mind and spirit - treatment, whether by Acupuncture, Herbs or Nutrition, addresses the emotional and psychological aspects of an illness as well as the physical signs & symptoms.

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Eligibility Criteria for Complementary/ Alternative Medicines Service