Borders Therapies is a service provided by the Borders Integrated Healthcare Group, which was established in 2001 to produce a directory of registered and insured complementary therapists made available as a resource for the medical and caring professions, the general public as well as employers wanting to play an active role in encouraging health and wellbeing in their workforce.

About Complementary Therapies

A wide range of treatments exists under the umbrella term of ‘complementary therapy’. Each treatment has its own unique theory and practice, which makes it difficult to offer a blanket definition. Perhaps a simple definition can be reached by comparing the philosophy of complementary therapies with that of modern, or conventional, medicine.
Modern medicine has evolved out of an assumption that the mind and body are separate; disease and illness were viewed as mechanical breakdowns and generally it was these breakdowns and the symptoms which were treated. Complementary therapies aim to treat the entire person, not just the symptoms.
Today, the gap between conventional medicine and complementary therapies is narrowing. Many complementary therapies are based on anatomy and physiology just like modern medicine, while modern medicine has widened its scope to include mental and social factors. Now there is generally a more thoughtful and a more ‘holistic’ approach to healthcare in modern medicine and it has adopted treatments that originated in complementary medicine.

An Integrated Approach

Conventional medicine and your preferred complementary therapy can often work well alongside each other – to ‘complement’ as opposed to an ‘alternative’. However, it is important to tell your doctor and your complementary practitioner of all drugs, treatments and remedies you take so that they can help you effectively. Herbs and homeopathic remedies can sometimes interact with prescription drugs and cause side effects. Never stop taking prescribed medications, or change the dose, without speaking with your doctor beforehand.
Some people are able to get help under the NHS or through charities and organisations. Others prefer to see a practitioner privately. Borders Therapies is here to help you find the right independent practitioner for you. We like to work alongside the NHS to provide a truly integrated healthcare model and many of our listed practitioners are also clinically trained and have experience of working in the NHS.
How do you know that you can trust our practitioners’ professionalism?

With the exception of osteopathy and chiropractic, most complementary therapies are unregulated in the UK, this can make choosing one a little daunting. One of the reasons why Borders Therapies was set up was to give you the confidence to get help from fully qualified and insured practitioners. We only list those who have provided us with up to date insurance and details of their qualifications.
We ensure high professional standards among our members by encouraging membership of a relevant professional body and participation in seminars and workshops for continuing professional development. Many members have achieved a high level of training and experience and are working to certain criteria of good practice and ethical standards. Different professions require different professional requirements and standards and the professional body is a good indicator of this. Details of listed professional member organisations appear as initials following the practitioner’s name and qualifications.



Borders Therapies are pleased to receive support from the South of Scotland Creative Clusters Project. This is a Business Gateway and Scottish Borders Council project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.