Category: Alternative Healing

Row over Charles’ medicines study

A report commissioned by the Prince of Wales into the cost of complementary medicines has sparked controversy. Prince Charles, an enthusiast for alternative medicine, asked an independent economist to work out how much such therapies could save the NHS. Christopher Smallwood, former economics advisor to Barclays Bank, will submit his report to ministers in this autumn. But a leading complementary medicine expert said such analyses should be left to the official NHS watchdog. Unproved therapy Professor Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary and alternative medicine at the University of Exeter warned that otherwise, unproved treatments could be integrated into the NHS

Some keep the faith in herbal remedies

McALLEN, June 12, 2005 — The warm smell of mint and lemon tea filled María Liliana Patlán’s childhood home in Michoacán, Mexico, offering soothing remedies for aching throats or poor digestion. “My grandmother knows all the herbs,” said the owner of Yerbería Ouix, a pastel blue and pink store on an industrial stretch of West Business 83. “She knew how to prepare them, to cook them.” Patlán’s faith in herbal remedies perseveres, even in the face medical advancements. She has seen the herbs work time and time again for ailing family members back home, for a fraction of the cost

Man ordered to pay for traditional healing ceremony

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man who injured three Hmong men in a fight must pay their medical bills including more than $6,000 for animals and herbal medicines used in traditional healing ceremonies, a court has ruled. Chad Wilson Keichler pleaded no contest to civil rights violations for uttering racial slurs against the Asian men during the brawl in Butte, California, and was ordered by a trial court to reimburse them for their medical expenses. In addition to submitting hospital and doctor bills, the men turned in receipts for herbal medicines and cows, pigs and chickens slaughtered in Hmong

Most Older Adults Use Alternative Medicine

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – More than 70 percent of adults aged 50 or older use some type of alternative therapy, such as herbal medicine, meditation, or seeing a chiropractor, according to new study findings. Author Dr. Gong-Soog Hong said she was surprised to see so many older adults turning to alternative treatments. Although it’s important to have “options,” she said that many of these remedies are largely untested, and experts still don’t know if they interfere with many combinations of drugs older adults are taking. See Also Crazy Therapies: What Are They? Do They Work?. More articles on alternative

More US companies sponsor Yoga to relieve stress

Washington, Mar 3 : More and more US companies are paying for yoga and meditation classes for their employees to relieve stress and save on health costs. An analysis of results by various firms shows that a “wellness programme”, including yoga, meditation, massages, reflexology and other calming activities produces a return of USD 6.15 dollars for every dollar invested over a six-year period for Coors Brewing Co; USD 5.80 for office furniture maker Steelcase Inc., USD 5.52 for Equitable, and USD 3.40 for Travelers Corp., now part of Citigroup, The Washington Post reported. Yoga teachers are prospering too, said The

Running on faith

Spiritual healing can appear to have a positive effect, but when placebo reigns over rationality, I’m wary Around 15,000 spiritual healers practise in Britain, so it is important to examine whether their techniques do more good than harm. The term covers a great many approaches: reiki, johrei, therapeutic touch, intercessory prayer, faith healing and distant healing all fall under the umbrella of spiritual healing. The common denominator is that healers of all types claim to somehow channel “healing energy” into the patient’s body with the intention of improving health. The concept is as simple as it is unproven – nobody,

Spiritual healing fails test in health study

Complementary therapies such as acupuncture, reiki and reflexology have gained huge public approval in recent years for the treatment of anything from epilepsy to cancer. But spiritual healing – a mix of meditation, prayer and laying of hands – has been re jected by Scottish researchers after a £27,000 academic study found that the technique has no effect in helping to relieve the symptoms of asthma. Academics treated 88 patients who were placed into three groups: one received sessions with a spiritual healer; another spent time with an actor pretending to be a healer in a “sham” trial; and a

Alternative cures find financial favor

Used by more than a third of Americans, alternative medicine is slowly becoming accepted by the healthcare establishment. A growing number of health insurers are recognizing this $30 billion industry, mostly by offering discounts for acupuncture, nutritional counseling, mind-body practices like biofeedback and other complementary or alternative forms of care. The latest is Hollywood-based Vista Healthplan, which earlier this month announced a discount program for its members of up to 30 percent for 30 alternative programs, including yoga, tai chi and nutrition therapy. Vista’s Medicare seniors can get a $25 voucher to try alternative care. ”Most of them don’t know

Doctors, Others Deride Chiropractic School

TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Some Florida State University professors have been circulating a parody map showing the campus of the future, with a new Bigfoot Institute, a School of Astrology and a Crop Circle Simulation Laboratory. It’s a not-so-subtle jab in a growing debate over a proposal to build a chiropractic college on this campus — the first such school at a public university in the United States. More than 500 professors, including the university’s two Nobel laureates, have signed a petition opposing the school and a handful have even threatened to resign rather than teach alongside what they consider a

Does Reiki have a place in Judaism?

The ancient Japanese tradition of Reiki is emerging in Israel, and its fresh presence is posing a simple question in the heart of the Jewish world: Is there a place for Reiki in Judaism? Reiki, “universal life energy” in Japanese, is more popular in Israel now than it was five years ago, says Eli Navon, Reiki teacher at the Israel Holyland Reiki Center and the School for Alternative Medicine in Kfar Saba. “More people come to study- all kinds of people, including doctors,” said Navon. As Japanese culture and healing are exported in the global village, Jewish practitioners face the