ABC of Complementary Medicine by Catherine Zollman, Andrew J. Vickers, Janet Richardson

By Catherine Zollman, Andrew J. Vickers, Janet Richardson

Complementary medication remedies similar to acupuncture, homeopathy or chiropractic is an more and more fashionable characteristic of the scientific global. A starting to be share of sufferers are utilizing complementary treatments and perform is transforming into among traditional health and wellbeing pros. Written through a GP and a widely known researcher, the ABC of Complementary drugs takes an self sufficient perspective, neither selling nor disparaging complementary treatments. The books basic goal is sensible, as a consultant to selection making. The authors handle such questions as for what stipulations has acupuncture been proven to be effective?; what do I do if a complementary practitioner encourages a sufferer to disregard my recommendation? and: what's my medico-legal place if I refer a sufferer to a chiropractor?. The ABC of Complementary drugs may be a useful advisor to any healthcare professional who encounters complementary drugs in scientific perform.

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Homoeopaths’ consultations for chronic conditions include an extremely detailed case history. Patients are asked to describe their medical history and current symptoms. Particular attention is paid to the “modalities” of presenting symptoms—that is, whether they change according to the weather, time of day, season, and so on. Information is also gathered about mood and behaviour, likes and dislikes, responses to stress, personality, and reactions to food. The overall aim of the history taking is to build up a “symptom picture” of the patient.

Most are used for self medication on a simple, symptom matching basis Addresses of regulatory bodies Faculty of Homoeopathy For medically trained homoeopaths 15 Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0AA. Tel: 020 7566 7800. Fax: 020 7566 7815. org Society of Homoeopaths Mainly for non-medically qualified homoeopaths 2 Artizan Road, Northampton NN1 4HU. Tel: 01604 621400. Fax: 01604 622622. uk Key studies of efficacy Systematic reviews Vickers AJ, Smith C. Homeopathic Oscillococcimum for preventing and treating influenza and influenza-like syndromes (protocol for a Cochrane Review).

Acupressure involves firm manual pressure on selected acupuncture points. Shiatsu, a modified form of acupressure, was systematised as part of traditional Japanese medicine. How does acupuncture work? The effects of acupuncture, particularly on pain, are at least partially explicable within a conventional physiological model. Acupuncture is known to stimulate A delta fibres entering the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. These mediate segmental inhibition of pain impulses carried in the slower, unmyelinated Acupuncture meridians run superficially and longitudinally.

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