There is a wide range of complementary therapies, but they can be broadly categorised as follows. Some of these categories overlap.
- Alternative medical systems, such as acupuncture, homeopathy and Chinese medicine
- Complex natural products, such as botanicals, and green tea
- Energy therapies, such as Qi Gong, Reiki, therapeutic touch and magnet therapy
- Exercise therapies, such as Tai Chi, yoga, and dance therapy
- Manipulative therapies, such as chiropractic, massage, osteopathy and reflexology
- Mind therapies, such as aromatherapy, art therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, imagery, mindfulness and meditation
- Nutritional therapies, such as anti-oxidants, macrobiotics and vitamins
- Spiritual therapies, such as prayer and healing.