Alternative Medicine Guidelines

Alternative Medicine Guidelines

This section was compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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British Complementary (Alternative) Medicine Guidelines
Britain's Department of Health, in collaboration with the Foundation for Integrated Medicine, the National Health Alliance and the National Association of Primary Care, published Complementary Medicine (Dec 2000), a document that explains the benefits of the top six complementary therapies provided by Britain's National Health Service (NHS).   It also explains making referrals to CAM practitioners, employing CAM practitioners, and who to contact to find a CAM practitioner.   The President of the Foundation is HRH The Prince of Wales.

   Complementary Medicine Information for General Practitioners
       20 pages,     Adobe Acrobat File (94K)

   Complementary Medicine Information for Primary Care Groups
       46 pages,     Adobe Acrobat File (167K)

   CAM:   A Briefing by the Foundation for Integrated Medicine on the Report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology
This briefing divides CAM practices into 3 categories:   Disciplines well-supported by research (Chiropractic, Acupuncture), those lacking firm support, and those which have minimal evidence of efficasy.

   Short and Simplified Descriptions of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Disciplines
This table, from the Royal College of Physicians, divides CAM practices into 3 categories.   The first category is Professionally Organised Alternative Therapies, which are those that have good scientific support, and include Acupuncture and Chiropractic.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
This June 2000 report from the House of Lords (England) Select Committee on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, followed a 15 month enquiry, which received more than 180 written submissions and took evidence from 46 different bodies. They find Chiropractic well supported, with less support for Ayurvedic, Nutrition and Yoga, and minimal support for Naturopathy, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), and Kinesiology.

   Media Response to House of Lords Select Committee Report
on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Articles from a variety of sources like the London Times, The Guardian, and the Daily Mail.

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