Alternative and Complementary Medicine

The term "Alternative Medicine" implies that it has been set up in opposition to regular ('Western', 'Orthodox') practice, so that the patient must choose one or the other. That isn't our view at 21st Centruy Clinics. The issue isn't about a choice of conventional or "alternative" treatments; it is about choosing treatments that work.

Individual doctors working within a national health service will use whatever they think is likely to benefit their patients, within the limits of what can be offered within the rules of that national health service. Doctors in private practice, however, can choose to use anything at all that they consider might be beneficial.

As far as Britain is concerned a doctor's right to do so is (nominally) enshrined by the Medicines Act of 1968. It follows that any worthwhile system of medicine is "regular" medicine. The medical profession does not condemn herbal or other remedies or other methods of healing. Why would they? Individuals, advisory bodies and health authorities may do so, but the profession, never.

At 21st Century Clinics we use 'Alternative' remedies whenever that seems likely to be best.


'Complementary' means that the method of treatment discussed is not set up in opposition to regular medicine, but seeks to provide an additional form of help. At 21st Century Clinics we use a complementary approach in all our medical work.