Throughout history human beings have turned to natural means for treating illness. At the beginning of the third millennium, when medical knowledge has never been stronger, the interest in natural therapies continues to rise. The therapies described in this book include nutrition, aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, music therapy, pet therapy, therapeutic touch and massage. They can be used in nursing practice to induce relaxation, help create a healing environment, increase comfort, reduce pain and address troublesome symptoms, but they also have a role in empowering both nurses and patients to maintain their own health. Also significant is the improved professional satisfaction that often accompanies advanced nursing practice in complementary care. Pauline McCabe, known widely among Australian nurses and midwives for her skill and experience in the practice of complementary therapies, has gathered together a talented group of practitioners to write passionately about their particular specialties and experiences. All nurses and midwives will benefit from reading what those authors have to say.