Complementary therapies available on the NHS

Spiritual healing on the NHS is currently a rare thing, reports The Times, but on -going research may change that. Currently, cancer patients at University College London are offered complementary therapy, including healers and a massage therapist, and the services are in great demand.

Currently the NHS are sceptical, and unwilling to provide more support for spiritual healers in hospitals, claiming evidence of it working is anecdotal, but trials are currently being carried out to provide more concrete evidence.

Some patients are certainly feeling the benefit, and some experts agree it can have benefits. The head of support services at Macmillan Cancer Support, Derryn Borley, says: “There is evidence that it improves patients’ moods and can help with physical symptoms. It also helps people to go through chemotherapy.”

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