A Guide to the Complementary Therapy Sector

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  • Published: January 2017
  • Type: UK Market Synopsis
  • Format: PDF
  • The industry at a glance
  • Industry structure
  • Key customer groups
  • Size and structure of the industry
  • Standards and regulations
  • Sources of further information

This market synopsis identifies the trends and developments affecting the complementary therapy sector in the UK. It provides information targeted specifically at new, existing or aspiring small business owners who are aiming to trade or develop their interests within this sector.

The main definition of the sector, according to standard industrial classification (SIC 2007) codes, covers the following SIC codes:

  • 85.51: Sports and recreation education
  • 86.90: Other human health activities
  • 96.04: Physical well-being activities

The complementary therapy sector (also known as the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) sector) covers a diverse range of therapies and continues to grow in size and breadth.

In 2000, a report on the complementary therapy industry by a House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee (www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld199900/ldselect/ldsctech/123/12301.htm) split complementary therapies into three categories:

  • Therapies that the Committee found to have the most effective professional organisations and high training standards, including chiropractic and osteopathy (which are both statutorily regulated), acupuncture and herbal medicine.
  • Therapies that are considered to be harmless enough to complement conventional medicine, including aromatherapy, hypnotherapy and reflexology.
  • Therapies that the Committee considered scientifically unproven and unregulated such as ayurveda, crystal therapy, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, iridology and kinesiology.

For an extensive list of complementary therapies that are practised in the UK, visit the Complementary Healthcare Information Service (www.chisuk.org.uk/Page.php?ID=TherapiesInformation).

Wherever possible, this document has been compiled from sources of information that can be accessed online, such as industry surveys and reports, government research, independent market research and information from trade bodies.

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