The British Complementary Medicine Association’s  most frequently asked question is “how can I find a practitioner near me who is qualified?” As the  oldest (17 years) organisation representing therapists, we would  like to help you find the answer.


Charisma, healing hands, a white coat , a good reputation - does that appeal to you? Cleanliness, integrity, and good intentions-  is this what you need ? Safe and effective?, "Qualified, registered  and regulated" say the government. 

But with more than 100,000 UK practitioners to choose from how do you know? An appropriate therapy and a well- trained therapist is a good starting point, but most people go by word-of-mouth, reputation, or, when desperate, (as if often the case ) via the yellow pages.


Yes, we all know that we should invest time, effort and sometimes money into gaining and maintaining our good health, but the necessity for this often only comes into focus when we need a quick health fix.  So of course, being stuck on the predictable treadmill of using a " pill for every ill" (the western model) is our all-too-often reactive methodology.

Proactive is the way of course, but how do you ensure that you don't get caught in the alternative trap of visiting a therapist once weekly for a spoonful of dreams and a costly exercise in empathy?


You may be looking for time to relax and revitalise, time to think or talk, to be a human being instead of a human doing .

Sadly, you may be one of the many thousands of people voting with their feet away from doctors and hospitals, (58% of the UK populous) because of fear of side effects from toxic drugs, or reluctance to have invasive surgery. You may simply want to avoid a prescriptive approach; where you see the doctor as a stressed, hurried individual with only limited chemical options and fixed approaches to offer you. Just by merely walking into the door of a complementary medicine practitioner, you have opened the door to a more empowered relationship with a friend / adviser who discusses the (often many more) options with you.


No longer a victim of circumstance with a "do or die" scenario; you now have a range of tools in your tool bag with which to address your health questions and problems.

Back to the main point - How to choose? Who is, And who is not qualified

The BCMA was set up initially and specifically to bring together the disparate groups and to encourage cohesion in order to form Lead Bodies (single therapy regulating organisations).

All BCMA  members  abide by a strict code of ethics and disciplinary guidelines. Anything less than this BCMA standard, needs your due consideration.

Your Health IS in YOUR hands!


Extract taken from an article written by Sarah Noble Previous Chair of the BCMA

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