Using the NADA Protocol to Improve Wellbeing for Prostate Cancer Survivors: Five Case Studies Beverley de Valois and Tarsem Degun
This paper presents case studies of five men diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer, who participated in a project to assess the potential for using the NADA ear acupuncture protocol to improve wellbeing. Selected for their diversity, they illustrate the range of diagnoses, treatments, and associated bothersome symptoms experienced by prostate cancer survivors. They also illustrate the variety of ways that NADA acupuncture in a group setting can contribute to overall wellbeing. Examining the progress of these individuals through treatment provides valuable insights into the effects of NADA treatment. These cases may influence perceptions of clinicians, patients, acupuncturists and funders about NADA's potential role in the ongoing support of men with cancer of the prostate. They also suggest that future research is warranted.
A New Career Pathway: A view from Switzerland of a Federally Licensed 'Naturheilpraktiker' specialising in TCM Carla Fuhlrott-Capello
Alternative medicine is actively used in Switzerland and, with over 2,500 practitioners (practising TCM, Ayurveda, traditional European naturopathy (TEN) and homeopathy methods), enjoys significant popularity and favour among the Swiss population. Despite qualitatively high training standards and well-supervised continuing education, the alternative medical practitioner profession is not regulated. In the last 15 years, the professional associations of the aforementioned specialisations have been jointly advocating for alternative medical practitioners to have their own career pathway, and now we are about to reach that goal.
Survey of Patient Profiles Attending for Acupuncture Mary Pender
Acupuncture is now considered an evidence-based treatment for multiple conditions and is being incorporated into mainstream healthcare1. Many factors influence patients’ decisions to attend for acupuncture treatment.
The aim of this study is to review the demographics of patients who attended an established acupuncture clinic over a period of 20 years, to determine their diagnosis, referral source, and factors influencing their decision to attend for treatment.
A questionnaire was given to people when they attended for treatment. The majority answered the questions while at the office. Some people took them away and returned them at a later date. The design was simple, comprised three pages and took about five minutes to complete.
With the help of this questionnaire we looked at patients’ age groups, how many times they attended, who recommended them, what problems they suffered with and what their expectations were regarding the treatment and the treatment outcome.
Understanding Cocaine Addiction According to Chinese Medicine Theory Attilio D'Alberto
Introduction: Cocaine is the most commonly used illicit stimulant drug in Europe. Auricular acupuncture has been used as a form of treatment for drug addiction since the early 1970s.
Discussion: Cocaine addiction affects all the solid (zang, yin) organs: Lung, Liver, Heart, Spleen and Kidney, causing a complete zang fu disharmony. Within cocaine addiction theory, these five patterns can be grouped into two cycles: the first cycle involves the Lung, Heart and Spleen. The second cycle involves the Lung, Kidney and Liver.
Spirit aspect: Cocaine addiction is rooted in artificially inflating the po for it to dominate over the Heart. This creates a false generation in the Lung, which temporary increases the mother- son relationship between the Lung and Kidney. An addict is reminded of the empty high by the zhi and relayed across the mind by the yi.
Treatment strategies: The NADA protocol is a 'cookbook' strategy and acupuncture points located on the body should be used as well. Conclusions: The use of Chinese medicine therapy can decrease the number of patients being admitted to hospital with drug related illnesses, benefit society in reduced crime rates and benefit the addicts themselves.
Survey and Audit to Evaluate Our Work - Finding a Model which Describes the Way We Work Friedrich Staebler
Survey and audit are useful ways of monitoring our work, of taking a closer look at who has attended our clinic over what period of time, what kind of condition(s) they presented with and how they responded to treatment. This can be done in search of outcome and evidence (audit), or for evaluating our work and learning from the successes and failures, leading to better fine-tuning and ultimately more efficient ways of working (survey).
As I have seen a trend over recent years towards a majority of long-term patients with chronic conditions, not easily classifiable with a diagnosis and often with multifactorial underlying pathology, who required individually tailored, long-term treatments, I had to find a format for surveying the outcome of my work that would be adequate for that task. I studied various commonly employed methods to measure treatment outcome, like MYMOP and the SF-36 health survey, but ended up with a survey format which I developed for myself. This article is an attempt to describe that process.
The Challenges of Integrating Acupuncture into the UK's National Healthcare System Joni Renee Zalk
This article examines the major challenges of integrating acupuncture into allopathic medicine in the United Kingdom. Over the past thirty years there has been a dramatic increase of research in the area of acupuncture, with increasing evidence of acupuncture efficacy and cost effectiveness. This article critically examines the reasons acupuncture has not yet been regularly made available for the citizens of the United Kingdom (UK).
For integration to occur: 1) The government would have to stop utilising most of its resources for allopathic medicine while disregarding acupuncture as a viable healthcare option. 2) Implement a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) curriculum into medical schools where learning and beliefs are more malleable; additionally, education for acupuncturists must standardise and practitioners must be regulated. 3) The pharmaceutical industry should not be able to exert as much influence over the national healthcare system as it does, which by nature suppresses the alternative medicine community.
If the UK utilises what is becoming more scientifically proven to be an excellent resource in healthcare, then it could potentially provide better and more diverse healthcare services.