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Transcript of Complementary Medicine
Complementary Medicine and Well Being
Does it work?
What is Aromatherapy?
- Alternative therapy
- Essential oils from herbs, flowers and spices are selected according to the nature of the problem.
- Holistic treatment
History of Aromatherapy
- Over 8000 years old
- Biblical references
- Gattefosse (French Scientist)
What Aromatherapy Claims to Heal
What Aromatherapy Claims to Heal
high blood pressure
low blood pressure
loss of appetite
How is Aromatherapy administered?
- Aromatic bath
Complementary medicine is the use of an alternate method for diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of an illness, in conjunction with conventional medicines
•Complimentary medicine consists of an extensive range of methods
Types of Alternative and Complimentary Treatments:
•Homeopathy was created by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796.
•Homeopaths consult a repertories to select remedies
•Hahnemann based homeopathy on belief that like cures like
A substance that elicits the same symptoms of a disease in a healthy person, will cure similar symptoms in ill people
How does Aromatherapy Work?
Side Effects of Aromatherapy
- Photo toxicity
Why people seek alternative medicine
•Individuals are not satisfied with some aspect of the conventional medical treatment
•Individuals find that selecting an alternative medicine gives them a sense of control over personal health care decisions
•Complimentary methods could be more congruent with the individuals’ personal beliefs and views.
Effectiveness of Aromatherapy
but a safe and pleasant intervention for those who can afford it
Cook & Ernst 2000
Review of 24 studies
Plausibility of Homeopathic Remedies
The diluted substances lack a single molecule of the original chosen substance
No scientific support for the notion that water has a memory which produces a response in patients
Accreditation of Complementary Medicine
A substance is diluted in water, followed by succussion. Homeopaths suggest water has a memory, so the substance will leave a vibration in the water,which causes a response from a patient.
- No national standards
-Professional Associations such as the Australian Natural Therapists Association
- Acute toxicity
- Chronic toxicity
A study by Grimes (2012)found that according to the laws of physics and chemical analysis, the principles of homeopathy are highly improbable
Regulation of Complementary Medicine
-Through the Governments Therapeutic Goods Administration
- Two tier system
-Low risk (only register if exporting)
-High risk (must register)
- Ongoing manufacturing inspections
- Vigilant program for ill-effects
- No internet regulation
Explanations for Perceived effects of Homeopathy
The placebo effect
Therapeutic effects of consultation
Time of consult
Posadzki, Alotaibi & Ernst 2012
Risk of missing timely diagnoses
Lack of effective treatment
Worse outcomes of serious conditions
A meta-analysis of 11 systematic reviews by Ernst (2002) concluded that there was
Studies of Efficacy
Has anyone participated in complementary medicine, or know someone who has?
Would you use complementary medicine as a substitute, or in conjunction with medical treatment?
were due to
Flawed Research Methods
Would you try complementary medicine or therapies?
What was your original ideas of complementary medicine?
Did you believe the affects of complementary medicine to be as serious as we explained?