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Explore the different forms and range of complementary approaches that are available to service users

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Task 1 - Explore the different forms and range of complementary approaches that are available to service users. Allopathic medicine is the mainstream practise within the NHS. It treats medical conditions by attacking their symptoms, usually with pharmaceutical products or with surgical intervention. The British medical association uses the term 'non conventional therapies' to cover treatment and therapies that are not covered by 'conventional medicine'. These therapies take a holistic approach to illness, treating the whole person rather than just the disease or condition it self. Complementary approaches will cover both complementary therapies, for example aromatherapy, reflexology, yoga and also alternative therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic. Complementary approaches are based around the healing power of nature, sometimes-using herbal medicines and oils, such as aromatherapy and bach flower remedies. Other more 'non conventional' approaches look at external powers. These therapies include meditation, Christian Science, Feng shui, yoga and Thai chi. The words 'complementary medicine' covers a wide variety of treatment methods. The place of complementary therapies can take place along side traditional treatments or as a stand-alone treatment. When patients for example suffer from back pain their doctor may recommend a complementary therapy like chiropractic, along side taking Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). ...read more.


Manipulative therapies Manipulative therapies focuses primarily on the structure and systems of the body including the bones and joints, the soft tissues, and the circulatory and lymphatic systems. They involve the use of physical manipulation or massage therapy and other physical manipulation of the body for healing, such as osteopathy, and chiropratic. Osteopathic and chiropratic maipulation were developed in the last 150 yrs whilst others were derived from traditional medcine and bone setting, such as those from china, india or egypt. Different forms of manipulative therpaies include acupressure, amma therapy, bone setting, chiropratic spinal adjustment, shiatsu, osteopathy, tui na, zheng gu, alexander thechnique and naprapathy. Natural therapies Natural therapies use plants or plant exracts to treat illness. 'Many well-established medicines come from plants. For example morphine comes from poppies, aspirin from willow bark, and digoxin (a treatment for an irregular heart beat) from foxgloves' (source, www.hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fcat_sheets). Other natural therapies include phytopherapy and Chinese herbal medicine. The origins of natural therapies are linked to diet. 'In search for food man noticed that one thing would cause excess heat in the stomach, while another removed it. This information was shared until it became common knowledge' (source, Guide to Traditional Medicine, Raymond R Bullock). ...read more.


Like homeopathic remedies, flower remedies (or flower essences) are diluted to such a degree as to work on a level other than traditional medicine. Then particular herbs and flowers are given to help people work with their emotions e.g. anger, anxiety, phobias etc. Spiritual healing is the use of solely spiritual means in treating disease, sometimes accompanied with the refusal of modern medical techniques. Christian healing for example is used in the belief that God health people through the Holy Spirit, often involving the laying of hands on people. In the Catholic Church faith healing is often a result of intercessory prayer to a saint with the gift of healing. An example of a saint with the gift of healing is Blessed Brother Andre Bessette, CSC, and a holy Cross Brother known as the 'Miracle Man of Montreal'. Meditation is the ancient art of relaxing the mind and body to allow you to become calm and focused, so that you can think 'inwards' to the mind itself. It is most well known for being used in Buddhism to achieve enlightenment. It is also used in Christianity to meditate and contemplate on Gods word and Christ's sufferings. It is also used in Jainism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Taoism. OCR Level 3 Health, Social Care & Early Years Unit 15 Rachael Crossland ...read more.

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