Integrating Complementary Therapies in Primary Care. A by David Peters, MBChB DRCOG MFHom MLCOM, Leon Chaitow, ND DO,

By David Peters, MBChB DRCOG MFHom MLCOM, Leon Chaitow, ND DO, Gerry Harris, BA LicAc BAcC, and Sue Morrison, MA FRCGP (Auth.)

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Certainly, good communication will affect patients’ adherence and determine whether they feel enabled by a consultation. Some practitioners believe that the biggest influence that CTs will have is in bringing these effects to the forefront of medicine. These elements include the therapeutic setting, the personality of the therapist, the amount of time given to patients, and even the very words spoken. They are also, however, the very elements that RCTs are usually designed to cancel out. CAM researchers argue, conversely, that rather than being lumped together in the placebo arm these elements should be disentangled and studied systematically, so as to understand and harness their therapeutic power for the benefit of all those involved in all health care provision.

After all, aspirin was used for decades before pro-staglandins were discovered, and it was only with the advent of the endorphins and pain-gate theory that a scientifically coherent explanation for the acupuncture treatment of pain became possible. MODELS AND THEORIES OF HEALING Defining common ground It seems that new science provides support for the idea of ‘whole person care’ and ‘holistic medicine’ and, moreover, they are now by-words for good mainstream practice. This convergence between conventional and traditional systems of medicine has provided the common ground for practitioners in our own team at the MHC and consequently we had to define this shared theoretical territory.

If intelligence is the capacity to adapt to challenging circumstances then the central nervous system and the immune system manifest this ability beyond all others. It would be remarkable if each of these supreme exemplars of rapid and subtle adaptation did not tap the other’s almost limitless potential for variation. (Norman Geschwind) The highly focused biomedical model is fundamentally unlike any CT model. This raises interdisciplinary issues whose undercurrents are not unlike those that beset relationships between men and women.

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