There is an interesting article which you might like to view and comment on in the Guardian at the end of November by George Lewith,writing about the need for appropriate research in the EU about CAM. What do people think about this? We have to have the right kind of research. I tried with my local hospital to have a large trial on using shiatsu in post term pregnancies but we were not able to get the funding for this, despite it being submitted by the Hospitals research department.
We did manage to get an audit published. This was based on the audit carried out by a midwife who did my Shiatsu for midwives course which I ran at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol. It is on the effects of shiatsu on post term pregnancy carried out at where I ran some courses
Ingram, J., Domagala, C., Yates, S., 2005. The effects of shiatsu on post term pregnancy. Comp. Ther. Med. 13, 11 – 15
Apparently George Lewith has joined the CNHC board to help support the registered therapies guide how research can be produced which is admissible/acceptable to the ‘scientific community.’ This feeds back to what is admissible in relation to advertising.
I am on the Shiatsu profession specific board of the CNHC: does everyone in the UK know about this? You might like to check out their website http://www.cnhc.org.uk/
The Complementary and health care council was set up in the UK along with the Department of Health to regulate complementary therapies.
- Why we need to research the use of complementary medicine (guardian.co.uk)