Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Pulse - Homeopathy and acupuncture backed for NHS funding

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Pulse - Homeopathy and acupuncture backed for NHS funding

This is a really exciting study. Here are some bits from it. Read the whole thing and pass it on.

Homeopathy, acupuncture and reflexology are among a range of complementary and alternative therapies a new trial concludes should be provided on the NHS.

The major new Government-funded study found there would be a range of benefits to patients in providing access to complementary and alternative medicine, and that the treatments could even save the health service money.

• 81% of patients reported improvement in their physical health, 79% in their mental health.

• 84% of patients directly linked improvements in their health and wellbeing to the complementary treatment.

• 62% of patients were suffering less pain, with 55% said they had been able to reduce their use of painkillers.

• 64% of patients in employment said they took less time off work after treatment.

• Half of GPs reported prescribing less medication for chronic or acute patients during the trial.

• In 65% of cases, GPs reported a health improvement.

Source: Evaluation of Government-funded pilot project in Northern Ireland, carried out by Social & Market Research (SMR)"

Kevin Kunz


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