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Natural therapies

What is 'natural therapy', 'complementary therapy', 'complementary medicine' and 'alternative therapy'? Do they mean the same thing?

Every culture throughout the world has at some point used healing plants as the basis for its medicines and many have used acupuncture, homeopathy, nutrition, remedial therapies and traditional Chinese medicine. Herbs including black cohosh, dong quai, ginseng, hops, lavender, linseed, red clover, St John's wort and wild yam can be used in the management of mood changes, fatigue and in menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal changes. Vitamin and mineral supplements such as calcium, folate, iodine, iron, omega-3, vitamin B12, vitamin D and zinc can also have health benefits depending on your individual needs.

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