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Complementary medicine the future of healthcare?

Published on 12/03/2010
The future of women's healthcare will involve an integrated approach to medicine that includes complementary treatments and looks at the patient as a whole person, according to experts.

Michael Dooley, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, explained that relying on the patient to remain passive when it comes to their treatment is not always the best course of action.

He said: "Complementary therapies can have several benefits. Of themselves, they can improve general fitness and wellbeing.

"They also make it easier for patients to do the hard things, like change their diet, give up coffee or alcohol, and stop smoking. Some, such as acupuncture, may directly affect how well conventional treatments are going to work."

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggested that while acupuncture can be effective for treating chronic lower back pain, tailoring needling sites to each patient and penetration of the skin appear to be unimportant in producing beneficial results.

Figures show that an increasing number of Brits are turning to alternative therapies to enhance their health care.
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