CAM Professional Bodies


This page describes the Regulation and Training of the CAM professions in the UK, and provides links to many of the CAM professional bodies which support these professions.

What's the point?

The aim of regulation is to assure patient safety. The regulation of practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine is a mix of statutory (compulsory) and voluntary registration.


Statutory Regulated Professions:




Voluntary Regulated Professions

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)  for the practitioners of:

 Alexander Technique teachingAromatherapyBowen TherapyCraniosacral Therapy

HealingHypnotherapyMassage TherapyMicrosystems AcupunctureNaturopathy;

Nutritional TherapyReflexologyReikiShiatsuSports TherapyYoga Therapy.


Herbal medicine regulation is developing; the supply of Herbal Medicines (Western, Chinese, Unani and Ayurvedic) is subject to two areas of regulation:

  1. Herbal manufacturers may produce Traditional Herbal Remedies licensed through the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  2. Practitioners who supply unlicensed herbal medicines are soon to be regulated through the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Many other CAM professions are moving towards voluntary regulation, with the professional bodies having an important role in setting standards.


 CAM Professional Bodies  

In meeting its main aims of dissemination of research findings, facilitation of appropriate research and exploration of the relationship between CAM and conventional medicine, the RCCM aims to work with Professional bodies representing CAM practitioners in the UK.

Links to the web sites of a number of CAM professional bodies are listed below. Please not that the inclusion of a therapy or organisation does not imply endorsement by the RCCM. 

Acupuncture, Alexander Technique, Anthroposophy, Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic Medicine, Bach Flower Remedies, Bowen Technique, Chiropractic, Colour Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Creative TherapiesCrystal Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Healing, Herbal Medicine (including Oriental Herbal Medicine), Homeopathy, Hypnosis, Iridology, Kinesiology, Massage Therapy & Bodywork, Meditation, Naturopathy, Nutritional Therapy, Osteopathy, Polarity Therapy, Psychotherapy, Radionics, Reflexology, Reiki, Shiatsu, Tai Chi, Yoga

General Complementary Medicine Organisations & Professional Bodies

British Complementary Medicine Association 

Complementary Healthcare Information Service (CHIS-UK)

Complementary Medicine Association

Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)


Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine

British Academy of Western Medical Acupuncture (BAWMA)

British Acupuncture Council (BacC)

British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS)

Alexander Technique

Society for Teachers of Alexander Technique


Anthroposophic Health & Social Care


International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists

Creative Therapies

Association for Dance Movement Therapy UK (ADMT UK)

British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)

British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)

British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT)

Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic Practitioners Association

Bach Flower Remedies

Dr Edward Bach Centre

Bowen Technique

Bowen Therapists European Register (BTER)


British Chiropractic Association (BCA)

Colour Therapy

International Association of Colour (IAC)

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy Association

Upledger Institute for Cranial training

Crystal Therapy

Affiliation of Crystal Healing Organisations

Feldenkrais Method

Feldenkrais Guild UK 


Healer Practitioner Association International (HPAI)

NFSH The Healing Trust

Herbal Medicine (including Oriental Herbal Medicine)

National Institute of Medical Herbalists

British Herbal Medicine Association

European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA)

International Register of Consultant Herbalists and Homoeopaths (IRCH) 

Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM)


British Homeopathic Association and Faculty

European Committee for Homeopathy

International Register of Consultant Herbalists and Homoeopaths (IRCH)

The Society of Homeopaths


British Society of Clinical Hypnosis 

Hypnotherapy Directory

Hypnotherapy Society

National Council for Hypnotherapy

National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists


Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists International


Academy and Association of Systematic Kinesiology

Kinesiology Federation

Massage Therapy & Bodywork

The Council for Soft Tissue Therapies


London Buddhist Centre

Transcendental Meditation


British Naturopathic Association (BNA)

General Naturopathic Council

Nutritional Therapy

British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT)

Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC)


British Osteopathic Association

Polarity Therapy

UK Polarity Therapy Association


British Association of Psychotherapists (BAP) 


The Radionic Association


Association of Reflexologists (AoR)

British Reflexology Association (BRA)

International Federation of Reflexologists


Reiki Association


The Shiatsu Society 

Tai Chi

Tai Chi Union


The British Wheel of Yoga 

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Last updated on9 April, 2016 - 17:24
Created on29 December, 2010 - 11:28