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Discuss complementary therapies that are available for users of health and social care services. Contents page! Acupuncture…………………………………………………………………………………………….. page (3-4) Reiki…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. page (5-6) Reflexology……………………………………………………………………………………………….. page (7-8) Aromatherapy…………………………………………………………………………………………… page (9-10) Art therapy ………………………………………………………………………………………………. page (11-12) References……………………………………………………………………………………………….. page (12-14) What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a therapy that is offer to service users who are taking medication to help treat their disorder. Complementary therapies do not help to cure an individual of the disease they are…show more content…
What are the disadvantages of acupuncture? The Spine and Sport website proposes that the main disadvantage of acupuncture is infection, soreness and pain. However, this can be 100% avoidable if the service user receives treatment from a licensed acupuncturist. If a service user undergoing chemotherapy was to receive treatment from an un-licensed acupuncturist they would be more likely to get an infection as their immune system is already low. This could unfortunately result in the services reducing their chances of making a full/ quick recover. Furthermore, if the individual receiving chemotherapy was to get an infection due to acupuncture they wouldn’t feel relaxed and comfortable even though acupuncture is known to promote this. Also, if an individual feel under the weather and un-comfortable their progress may be stunted and the time taken for them to recover will increase because research has shown that mental determination helps individuals to recover. If the individual feels uncomfortable they will not have the determination and energy to mentally feel well. Acupuncture is a complementary therapy offered by the NHS however it has limited access. This means that only a small amount of service users receive the treatment and when they do they may not be offered many sessions. If a service users is

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