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Explain the role of complementary therapies in relation to orthodox treatments. – P4 Compare the role of two complementary therapies with those of more orthodox treatments – M2 Evaluate the role of two complementary therapies in contemporary society. – D1 The term complementary medicine is used by conventional medical practitioners to refer to nom-invasive, non-pharmaceutical techniques which are used in conjunction with allopathic medical treatments such as drugs and surgery. The term implies that sometimes conventional medicine is used as a primary tool and also a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical complementary technique is used as a supplement when needed. Complementary medicine has become an increasing feature of healthcare…show more content…
These complementary therapies would benefit the individual with the disorder they have. Although, these complementary therapies may not be able to cure the individuals cancer but it would be able to support the individual with the treatments they may have. The role of the complementary therapy reflexology would be to massage the individuals feet which would make them feel at ease and although they might be unaware of the different areas of their body being affected, through the reflexology they will be able to identify any areas that might have been affected due to the disorder. For example, if an individual describes that they might feel a sharp feeling this would suggest that the individual’s body might be out of balance. Cancer (online) states: “Therapists think that you become ill when energy pathways are blocked, and unblocking them can restore energy and balance.” This can indicate that the orthodox treatment that the individual may undergo may not be as useful for them as the therapy as the therapist may be aware of why the individual can be ill due to the blocked pathways. However, relating this to cancer, the orthodox treatment can still be beneficial for the individual due to the radiotherapy killing the cancer cells. Although, the complementary therapy may not be as useful for the individual, it could still make them feel at ease once the energy is being resorted and is balance. The complementary therapies could support the
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