Management – Alternative and Complementary Approaches


This leaflet reviews the evidence for some common forms of alternative and complementary approaches to management. With no effective treatment or cure for M.E. it is not surprising that many turn to this sector, but it can be worth taking a cautious approach especially when claims appear to good to be true.


“With orthodox medicine failing to produce any form of effective treatment aimed at the underlying cause of M.E., it’s not surprising to find that many people turn to the alternative and complementary (ACM) health sectors for management advice.

“The ME Association remains open-minded about alternative approaches, but we can only recommend treatments for which there is good quality evidence to demonstrate that they work…”

Questions to consider:

  • Is the therapy or therapist reputable?
  • How much is the treatment going to cost?
  • Does the treatment have any possible adverse effects?
  • How is the treatment supposed to help your M.E.?
  • Will the therapist be informing your GP about any findings or treatment?
  • Does the therapist have professional indemnity insurance?

Topics covered in this leaflet include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Allergies
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bach Flowers
  • Candida overgrowth
  • Dental amalgam removal
  • Herbal and plant-based remedies
  • Homeopathy
  • Nutritional therapies
  • Osteopathy
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Talking therapy
  • Vitamins and mineral supplements
  • Yoga

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.