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 ME/CFS, it’s not surprising to find that many people turn to the alternative and complementary (ACM) health sectors to try and improve their health. The ME Association remains open-minded about alternative approaches, but we can only recommend treatments for which there is good quality research evidence demonstrating these approaches work. Unfortunately, such evidence is rare, but we understand that people desperate for help will want to try some or all of these approaches for themselves.

Questions to consider:

  • What evidence is there that the product/treatment might work?
  • Is the therapy or therapist reputable?
  • How much is the treatment going to cost?
  • Does the treatment have any adverse effects?
  • How is the treatment supposed to help ME/CFS?
  • 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 therapies, 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.

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