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

By Catherine Zollman, Andrew J. Vickers, Janet Richardson

Complementary medication remedies reminiscent of acupuncture, homeopathy or chiropractic is an more and more fashionable function of the clinical international. A transforming into percentage of sufferers are utilizing complementary treatments and perform is growing to be among traditional future health pros. Written by way of a GP and a well known researcher, the ABC of Complementary medication takes an self reliant perspective, neither selling nor disparaging complementary remedies. The books fundamental goal is sensible, as a advisor to determination making. The authors tackle 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 medication could be a useful advisor to any surgeon who encounters complementary drugs in scientific perform.

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A patient’s initial symptom picture commonly matches more than one homoeopathic remedy, and follow up allows the practitioner to make an empirical judgment on whether a particular remedy was the correct one to prescribe. If the patient is doing well the practitioner may stop treatment and monitor progress. If symptoms recur the treatment may be repeated at the same or a higher potency. If the symptom picture has changed at follow up a different homoeopathic prescription may be given even though the conventional diagnosis remains unchanged.

NHS homoeopathic hospitals employ conventionally trained pharmacists, who have additional training in homoeopathy and sometimes herbal medicine. They dispense a range of complementary medicines which are prescribed by medically qualified practitioners < previous page page_22 next page > < previous page page_23 next page > Page 23 conditions apply: patients receive services free at the point of care, and the hospitals are reimbursed through block contracts with health authorities or extracontractual referrals.

Is evidence for homoeopathy reproducible? Lancet 1994;344:1601-6 Laboratory studies Belon P, Cumps J, Ennis M, Mannaioni PF, Sainte-Laudy J, Roberfroid M, et al. Inhibition of human basophil degranulation by successive histamine dilutions: results of a European multicentre trial. Inflamm Res 1999:48(suppl 1):S17-8 Linde K, Jonas WB, Melchart D, Worku F, Wagner H, Eitel F. Critical review and meta-analysis of serial agitated dilutions in experimental toxicology. ” The notorious Benveniste affair, which involved accusations of fraud and scientific misconduct after the publication of an in vitro experiment in Nature, continues to dampen enthusiasm for basic research in homoeopathy.

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