Important Information on ‘Treatment’ versus ‘Therapy’
Medical practices and medical devices are strictly regulated in the UK and abroad. We embrace these measures taken to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, as well as to ensure unity and coherence in the field. Therefore, it is important to be clear about definitions and expectations as outlined below. If you have any questions, please contact us.
- Treatments have been proven effective enough to treat a condition or disease. To say we ‘treat’ something means we can claim to ‘cure’ or ‘treat’ it.
Treatments are offered where substantial peer-reviewed, clinical evidence has been provided. Often such clinical trials require large sums of money and considerable amounts of time. Our allergy desensitisation treatment is labelled a “treatment” because it has been proven effective in multiple international peer-reviewed studies. These studies have not been performed by members of our Centre or at our Centre. You can find more information in the Reserach & Articles section of this website.
- Therapy is given when there isn’t enough clinical evidence to support efficacy. This could be due to two reasons: Not enough clinical trials were performed, or the success of therapy is largely dependent upon the individual person receiving it.
An example of the latter or ‘last’ case would be talking therapy for depression. Talking therapy has been shown to be helpful for some individuals with depression. However, some individuals engaging in talking therapy might also be taking anti-depressant or anti-psychotic pharmaceutical medication. Out of moral and ethical reasons — that have now been made into legal obligation for practitioners and researchers — we do not risk harming an individual just to learn whether one therapy works better than another. In this case, if a person with depression needs multiple ‘interventions’ or therapies or treatments, they will be given all the support they can receive.
Because therapy for depression hasn’t often been given on its own, without medication, we cannot conclude in our research that the therapy is effective enough across multiple clinical trials to be deemed a ‘cure’ — that is, lay grounds to claim it as a cure or treatment.
We remain hopeful that in the near future more research can be performed and more therapy can be considered a treatment; And that more treatments can be covered by the National Health Service. Until we reach that point, we kindly ask you to keep in mind the difference between ‘therapy’ and ‘treatment’, and to ask us if you have any questions.