Naturopathy

Publication Title: 
The Medical Journal of Australia

OBJECTIVES: To describe Victorian general practitioners' attitudes towards and use of a range of complementary therapies. DESIGN: A self-administered postal survey sent to a random sample of 800 general practitioners (GPs) in Victoria in July 1997. PARTICIPANTS: 488 GPs (response rate, 64%). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: GPs' knowledge; opinions about harmfulness and effectiveness; appropriateness for GPs to practise; perceived patient demand; need for undergraduate education; referral rates to complementary practitioners; and training in and practice of each therapy.

Author(s): 
Pirotta, M. V.
Cohen, M. M.
Kotsirilos, V.
Farish, S. J.
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Infertility patients are increasingly using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to supplement or replace conventional fertility treatments. The objective of this study was to determine the roles of CAM practitioners in the support and treatment of infertility. METHODS: Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted in Ottawa, Canada in 2011 with CAM practitioners who specialized in naturopathy, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, hypnotherapy and integrated medicine.

Author(s): 
O'Reilly, Erin
Sevigny, Marika
Sabarre, Kelley-Anne
Phillips, Karen P.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association

Work with nursing diagnosis has provided a classification system for what nursing does and has helped to focus nursing interventions to include more independent nursing care. Natural therapies (an umbrella term covering the many healing and health promotion modalities, traditional and modern, that do not use prescription pharmaceuticals or surgery) are among the more independent care modalities available to nursing.

Author(s): 
Daniels, G. J.
McCabe, P.
Publication Title: 
The Medical Journal of Australia

OBJECTIVES: To describe Victorian general practitioners' attitudes towards and use of a range of complementary therapies. DESIGN: A self-administered postal survey sent to a random sample of 800 general practitioners (GPs) in Victoria in July 1997. PARTICIPANTS: 488 GPs (response rate, 64%). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: GPs' knowledge; opinions about harmfulness and effectiveness; appropriateness for GPs to practise; perceived patient demand; need for undergraduate education; referral rates to complementary practitioners; and training in and practice of each therapy.

Author(s): 
Pirotta, M. V.
Cohen, M. M.
Kotsirilos, V.
Farish, S. J.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

Critical phenomena offer an attractive new theoretical resource for biophysics. Physical instabilities result in fluctuations, the quantum properties of which can be applied to regulatory control mechanisms in living organisms with promising results. Many aspects of energy medicine can be scientifically modeled, in agreement with previous theoretical ideas and speculation, such as the existence of macroscopic quantum coherence in living systems.

Author(s): 
Hankey, Alex
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to compare the attitude toward complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) of primary care physicians trained in conventional medicine with CAM physicians whose training was for a comparable duration. The CAM physicians included practitioners of Ayurveda, homeopathy, and naturopathy. PARTICIPANTS: Two hundred and ninety five (295) physicians with aged 20-60 (group mean±standard deviation, 48.2-12.3 years, 87 females) participated.

Author(s): 
Telles, Shirley
Gaur, Vaishali
Sharma, Sachin
Balkrishna, Acharya
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

Critical phenomena offer an attractive new theoretical resource for biophysics. Physical instabilities result in fluctuations, the quantum properties of which can be applied to regulatory control mechanisms in living organisms with promising results. Many aspects of energy medicine can be scientifically modeled, in agreement with previous theoretical ideas and speculation, such as the existence of macroscopic quantum coherence in living systems.

Author(s): 
Hankey, Alex
Publication Title: 
Versicherungsmedizin / Herausgegeben Von Verband Der Lebensversicherungs-Unternehmen e.V. Und Verband Der Privaten Krankenversicherung e.V

A host of alternative treatment methods are sold to us as reputable science on the "supermarket of naturopathy" nowadays. "Foot zone therapy", also known as "reflexology" is one of them. Advocates of reflexology claim that certain zones of the feet are linked to internal organs; that "energy forces" run throughout the human body. According to the teachings of Ayurveda and Yoga, a network of more than 72,000 nerve tracts (energy tracts = meridians) is linked to a single, tiny point on the feet, where the energy ends.

Author(s): 
Heide, M.
Heide, M. H.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to compare the attitude toward complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) of primary care physicians trained in conventional medicine with CAM physicians whose training was for a comparable duration. The CAM physicians included practitioners of Ayurveda, homeopathy, and naturopathy. PARTICIPANTS: Two hundred and ninety five (295) physicians with aged 20-60 (group mean±standard deviation, 48.2-12.3 years, 87 females) participated.

Author(s): 
Telles, Shirley
Gaur, Vaishali
Sharma, Sachin
Balkrishna, Acharya
Publication Title: 
Pediatrics

Many families at a community clinic in Seattle reported that they were choosing not to immunize their children at the advice of practitioners of naturopathy. To learn more about this alternate form of health care, a review of the available literature on naturopathy was undertaken and interviews were conducted with individual naturopaths in the state of Washington. Naturopaths vary widely in their training, practices, and philosophy of healing. Many are opposed to routine immunization because they view immunization programs as unnatural, unnecessary, and elitist.

Author(s): 
Halper, J.
Berger, L. R.

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