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

By Catherine Zollman, Andrew J. Vickers, Janet Richardson

This revised and up-to-date version of the ABC of Complementary drugs deals an authoritative creation to complementary cures. Taking an self reliant viewpoint, neither selling nor disparaging complementary cures, this moment variation contains the newest details on efficacy of remedies and gives a brand new emphasis on sufferer administration. The ABC of Complementary drugs is a useful consultant to any medical professional who encounters complementary drugs in medical perform.

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Forsch Komplementarmed 1999; 6(6): 311–20. 4 Some homeopaths, mainly those without medical qualifications, believe that vaccination does more harm than good. Reproduced with permission of BSIP Laurent & Gille/Science Photo Library. Homeopathy 31 vaccination. These have not been subjected to clinical trials and cannot therefore be recommended as an effective substitute. There have been examples of homeopathic medicines being adulterated with drugs, although this is extremely unlikely in the case of registered practitioners in Britain.

Hypnosis for a patient with arthritis might include a suggestion that the pain can be turned down like the volume of a radio. Some practitioners use hypnosis as an aid to psychotherapy. The rationale is that in the hypnotized state the conscious mind presents fewer barriers to effective psychotherapeutic exploration, leading to an increased likelihood of psychological insight. Relaxation techniques One well known example of a relaxation technique is known variously as sequential muscle relaxation (SMR), progressive relaxation, and Jacobson relaxation.

It is said to improve strength, balance, and mental calmness. Qigong (pronounced ‘chi kung’) is another traditional Chinese system of therapeutic exercises. Practitioners teach meditation, physical movements, and breathing exercises to improve the flow of ‘Qi’, the Chinese term for body energy. What happens during a treatment? Hypnosis In hypnosis, patients normally see practitioners by themselves for a course of hourly or half-hourly treatments. Some general practitioners and other medical specialists use hypnosis as part of their regular clinical work and follow a longer initial consultation with standard 10–15-minute appointments.

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