Alternative/complimentary therapies on NHS

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Jamie29

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Hello all,
I'm wondering if anybody has been referred by their GP or CPN etc for alternative therapies (acupuncture, aromatherapy, arts therapy, reiki, etc)? I want to explore therapies other than treatment with drugs and talking therapy. Will the NHS pay for these?

Thanks in advance
Jamie
 
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Someone I knew had art therapy on the NHS. This was a while back though, before funding cuts, so things might have changed since then. I don't think things like reiki or acupuncture are available on the NHS for MH issues, but I might be wrong. Maybe it depends on what area you're living in and the services available there.
 
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It really does depend on what your local practise has to offer, like Pepecat said.
Generally though, you don't get alternative therapies on the NHS - particularly if it's something more unconventional like reiki.
I would say though that some practitioners in these sorts of things offer concessionary rates and i've found alternative therapies really helpful, so it's worth exploring.
 
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I have not been referred but my uncle is a reiki master , done a few sessions with him when I was really really unwell , I was skeptical but the fact u actaully feel drained after it lets me know it's working somehow , he said my crown and emotional chakras were practically stopped , but he got hem moving again. I did feel a difference a few months down the line but at the time I got a med change aswell so I don't know.
 
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I definitely will. I asked my CPN today and she pointed me to a local mental health charity called Imagine which put on some of these sorts of therapies from time to time but it's not heavily publicised. So I gave them a call and somebody is calling me back tomorrow to register, etc.