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Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?

Mike Cummings, College of Medicine Lead for Acupuncture within Medicine and Medical Director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society, expresses his views on whether doctors should prescribe acupuncture… The evolution of this debate[1], should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?, has…

Complementary Medicine Roundup – March 2020

DARK HOURS BEFORE DAWN Floating to the surface of sleep, I felt my tears, heavy, wet, unstoppable. Yet they were easing the heaviness that lay between my heart and my throat, filling the dark empty well where my heart had once…

Complementary Medicine Roundup – May 2019

It will not have escaped the notice of readers that when I refer to the “The College of Medicine” or to“the College” I should, to be correct, use the full title of “The College of Medicine and Integrated Health”. Even a…

Complementary Medicine Roundup – February 2019

A NEW HORIZON FOR CAM In his speech at the Federation of Holistic Therapies Conference 2018 on 29.11.18, Dr Michael Dixon, who is a practising GP (College Surgery, Culm Valley Integrated Centre For Health) and the Chairman of The College of…

Complementary Therapy Awards 2018 celebrates leading practitioners

The Complementary Therapy Awards rewarded practitioners at an event held in London on October 18th, 2018. The event was organised and developed by Chamberlain Dunn Events in association with platinum sponsor The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and media partner…

Complementary Medicine Roundup – October 2018

Complementary Medicine Roundup October 2018 by Richard Eaton Should UK health and social care policymakers and managers do more to embrace Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)? Do UK legislators fully appreciate the social and clinical value of CAM? As the National Health Service (NHS)…

Homeopathy: Theories of Mechanisms

SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MECHANISTIC THEORIES THAT UNDERLIE HOMEOPATHY: CONFERENCE AT THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE, LONDON (14.07.18)   ‘…This conference was organised by integrative medicine consultant Lord Kenneth Ward-Atherton alongside the British Homeopathic Association. One of its overarching aims was…

Complementary medicine roundup June 2018

Complementary medicine roundup June 2018 by Richard Eaton The freedom to practise and to receive Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is under scrutiny as never before. Its contribution to healthcare is being questioned in the public (NHS) and charitable sectors…

Complementary medicine roundup March 2018.

COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2018 In this issue, my principle focus is on cancer and the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). I also continue the theme of my December 2017 blog that CAM practitioners should be properly recognised by the public…

Complementary medicine roundup December 2017

This is a clarion-call for healthcare organisations and medical research establishments to promote and to condone the effectiveness, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) as a contributor to integrative medicine and healthcare, including within the National Health…

Complementary medicine roundup August 2017

The Charity Commission’s Consultation: The use and promotion of complementary and alternative medicine – Making decisions about charitable status, (13.03.17): The deadline for responses to the Charity Commission’s Consultation about the charitable status of CAM expired on 19th May (see…

February complementary medicine roundup 2017

On the 20th November last year the editor of the Sunday Times newspaper published a letter under the headline Royal Commission can cure NHS. The letter was submitted by 65 medical professional signatories, including the oncologist Professor Karol Sikora who…

Scientific Advisory Council

The College of Medicine’s Scientific Advisory Council advises the College on good science that embraces both the biomedical and the psychosocial. The 20 Professors that sit on this group are all highly respected and influential scientists and researchers that have…

Our Foundation course: a review

Claire Gaskin is a clinical hynotherapist and an attendee of our first Foundation Course. Here she describes what she learned and the plans for collaboration that are now underway. (We are planning a second course in 2017: if you are…

November complementary medicine roundup 2016

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners treating patients with cancer will be relieved that The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has decided to retain ‘improving supportive and palliative care for adults with cancer’. A new NICE Guideline is…