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Complementary medicines

Complementary medicines include complementary medicine ingredients such as vitamin, mineral, herbal material, aromatherapy and homoeopathic preparations. They are non-prescription medicines and are also known as alternative medicines.

Complementary medicines are non-prescription medicines. They are medicines that primarily contain complementary medicine ingredients that have an established identity and tradition of use. Examples of complementary medicine ingredients are:

  • vitamins
  • minerals
  • plant material
  • nutritional substances
  • essential oils
  • microorganisms
  • animal material.

Most complementary medicines are included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) as listed medicines.

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