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If you are interested in researching Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM), please refer to the following:


Links to book and articles by Richard Eaton

Links to Positive Health Online and also to The Alliance for Natural Health International

Progress of the Medical Innovation Bill 

CAM organisations accredited by The Professional Standards Authority

Business Mentoring Services for CAM Practice Management (Richard Eaton)

CAM Research: Cancer & Palliative Care

CAM Research: Homeopathy

CAM Research: General

CAM Practitioner Organisations

CAM Practice Management 


BUSINESS GUIDE FOR HEALTH THERAPISTS: HOW TO FIND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW by Richard Eaton available at or from digital stores at

ARTICLES BY RICHARD EATON published by PositiveHealth Online (

1. Practitioners must state the case for complementary and alternative medicine
including CAM research with a focus on REIKI

also available in print, with a focus on HOMEOPATHY,  in Homeopathy in Practice Journal (Autumn 2011);

2. Complementary Medicine – Prepare for the Future;

3. Complementary Medicine and the Voluntary Sector;

4. Is choice of Healthcare a Human right?

a print version of this article is also available in Homeopathy in Practice Journal (Spring/Summer 2014) and in the Journal of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX):;

5. Your CAM Practice and the Advertising Standards Authority – Time to take action

a print version of this article is also available in Homeopathy in Practice Journal (Winter/Spring 2016) and in The Journal of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) (Parts 1 & 2 – July & August 2016);

6. Advertising Complementary Medicine – Where Next with Regulation Reform? (November 2017);

Details of Author

ARTICLES BY RICHARD EATON published by Homeopathy in Practice Journal (Alliance of Registered Homeopaths)

See above references to earlier articles;

Message to Homeopaths: Business Matters (Spring/Summer 2017)

ARTICLE BY RICHARD EATON published by The Homeopath (the journal of The Society of Homeopaths):

Adopt a business-like approach to be successful (Spring 2017)

ARTICLE BY RICHARD EATON published by Homeopathy International (the journal of the Homeopathic Medical Association):

Practitioners must state the case for cost-effective Complementary and Alternative Medicine within the public health sector (Summer 2017)


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‘…The provision of complementary therapies is demanded by patients hence the services provided. Approximately 40% of breast and prostate patients use complementary therapies and 20% of patients with other cancers. The evidence and audits are very patient-centred and almost always supportive of the service and what it has to offer.

Complementary therapies are provided for patients, service users, carers and family members in almost every cancer and palliative care service in the country. Some of the most renowned cancer and palliative centres such as the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Christie NHS Foundation Trust and a wide range of hospices and Macmillan cancer centres provide complementary therapies as an integral part of their supportive and palliative care services…’

Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council: February 2016 chemo

Resveratrol research paper and see also:

Cancer care options:

Macmillan Cancer Support:

or a CD audio-book:; 

for information by Cancer type:

Cancer Research UK individual CAM therapies:

Cancer Research UK-research into Reiki for people with cancer:

Herbs,botanicals & other products,

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

PubMed articles & clinical trials:

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust: (“Services: Complementary Therapy”)

The Royal Marsden:


Marie Curie Cancer Care:

Macmillan Cancer Support:   and see above

Penny Brohn UK:

My Cancer treatment (NHS):

RESEARCH STUDIES carried out in cancer, supportive and palliative care settings, extracted from a submission by The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC):

Recent research / audit / case studies from the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust:

  • Dyer J, Cleary L, McNeill S, Ragsdale-Lowe M, Osland C. 2016 The use of aromasticks to help with sleep problems: A patient experience survey. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 22:51-8
  • Dyer J, Cleary L, Ragsdale-Lowe M, McNeill S, Osland C. 2014 The use of aromasticks at a cancer centre: A retrospective audit. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 20(4): 203-6
  • Dyer J, Sandsund C, Thomas K, Shaw C 2013 Is reflexology as effective as aromatherapy massage for symptom relief in an outpatient oncology population? Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 19(3): 139-46
  • Dyer J, McNeill S, Ragsdale-Lowe M, Cleary L, Cardoso M, Cooper S 2010 The use of aromasticks for nausea in a cancer hospital. International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy 7(2): 3-6
  • Ragsdale-Lowe, M. 2009. Supporting a young girl through radiotherapy, following resection of a brain tumour: Case study. International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy 6(1): 23-5
  • Dyer J, Ashley S, Shaw C 2008 A study to look at the effects of a hydrolat spray on hot flushes in women being treated for breast cancer. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 14:273–79
  • Dyer J, McNeill S, Ragsdale-Lowe M, Tratt L 2008 A snap-shot survey of current practice: the use of aromasticks for symptom management. International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy 5(2): 17-21
  • McNeill, S. 2007 Essential oils and massage used to support a patient with a compromised airway: a case study. International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy 4(1): 40-2

Further references for relevant research studies below:

  • Cassileth, B. R. and A. J. Vickers (2004): “Massage therapy for symptom control: outcome study at a major cancer center.” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 28(3): 244-9.
  • Ernst, E 2009 Massage therapy for cancer palliation and supportive care: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials. Supportive Care in Cancer 17(4): 333- 7.
  • Lee, S.H, J.-Y. Kim, et al. (2015). “Meta-Analysis of Massage Therapy on Cancer Pain.” Integrative Cancer Therapies 14(4): 297.
  • Mackereth P Hackman E Knowles R Mehrez A (2015) The value of stress relieving techniques. Cancer Nursing Practice. 14(4): 14-21.
  • Mackereth P Campbell G Maycock P Hennings J Breckons M (2008) Chair massage for patients and carers: a pilot service in an outpatient setting of a cancer care hospital. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 14: 136-142.
  • Samuel, A. and Ebenezer, I. (2013) ‘Exploratory study on the efficacy of reflexology for pain threshold and tolerance using an ice-pain experiment and sham TENS control’, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 19, pp. 57-62.
  • Seers, H.E., Gale, N., Paterson, C., Cooke, H.J. Tuffrey, V., Polley, M.J. Individualised and complex experiences of integrative cancer support care: combining qualitative and quantitative data. Supportive Care in Cancer 2009; 17(9): 1159-1167. (In collaboration with Penny Brohn Cancer Care).
  • Sharp, D. Walker, M. Chaturvedi, D. Upadhyay, S. Hamid, A. Walker, A. Bateman, J. Braid, F. Ellwood, K. et al (2010) ‘A randomised, controlled trial of the psychological effects of reflexology in early breast cancer’, European Journal of Cancer, 46, pp. 312-322.
  • So PS, Jiang JY, Qin Y. Touch therapies for pain relief in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 4. Art. No: CD006535. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006535.pub2.
  • Stringer J Donald G Knowles R Warn P (2014) The Symptom Management of Fungating Malignant Wounds Using a Novel Essential Oil Cream. Wounds UK 10(3): 30-38.
  • Stringer J Donald G (2011) Aromasticks in Cancer Care: An innovation not to be Sniffed at: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 116-21
  • Stringer J, Swindell R, Dennis M 2008 Massage in patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy reduces serum cortisol and prolactin. Psycho-Oncology 17(10): 1024- 31.
  • Tsay, S. Chen, H. Chen, S. Lin, H. and Lin, K. (2008) ‘Effects of reflexotherapy on acute postoperative pain and anxiety among patients with digestive cancer’, Cancer Nursing, 31, pp. 109–115.
  • Wilkinson SM, Love SB, Westcombe AM, Gambles MA, Burgess CC, Cargill A, Young T, Maher EJ, Ramirez AJ. 2007 Effectiveness of aromatherapy massage in the management of anxiety and depression in patients with cancer: a multicenter randomized controlled trial. J Clin Oncol 25:532-539
  • Wyatt, G. Sikorski, A. Rahbar, M. Victorson, D. and You, M (2012) ‘Health-related quality-of-life outcomes: A reflexology trial with patients with advanced-stage breast cancer’, Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(6), pp. 568–577.




Faculty of Homeopathy:

Switzerland public health sector & CAM:

Homeopathy Research Institute

Homeopathy Research Institute clinical outcome research database

The Society of Homeopaths

The Homeopathic Medical Association:

The European Committee for Homeopathy:

International Council for Homeopathy:

CAM-quest database (click on the ‘Therapies’ quick-search box and select ‘Homeopathy’):

European Central Council of Homeopaths:

British Homeopathic Association:

HomBRex Database:

The Alliance of Registered Homeopaths:

VetCR database (Veterinary Homeopathy):

Use of Homeopathy in Veterinary Medicine

British Homeopathic Dental Association:

A model for homeopathic remedy effects: low dose nanoparticles, allostatic cross-adaptation, and time-dependent sensitization in a complex adaptive system:

Non-linear effects of nanoparticles: Biological variability from hormetic doses, small particle sizes and dynamic adaptive interactions:

Effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of homeopathy in general practice – summarized health technology assessment:

Cancer control through pathology-based homeopathic medicine:

Establishing a scientific foundation in homeopathy (Constitutional prescribing):

NHS Choices:

Find a Homeopath:


Further Research: (insert “Homeopathy” in the search box).



CAM-quest database:

and see:

Cancer Research UK:


World Health Organisation:

“Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023”

CAMbrella a pan-european research network for CAM:

Norway’s National research Center in CAM:

CAM for Cancer:


The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine:

CAMLIS Library information service:


Cochrane Complementary Medicine:

The Research Council for Complementary Medicine:

Bandolier: (Search: complementary medicine)

Positive Health Magazine:

The University of Southampton – Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit:


The College of Medicine:

The Role of CAM in the NHS (Smallwood Report): Refer to sub-link to a pdf in drop-down banner at top of this page.

NHS Evidence – complementary and alternative medicine:

NHS Conditions and Treatments:

International Society for Complementary Medicine Research:


Informed Health Online:

US National Library of Medicine:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

Samueli Institute:

University of Westminster CAM Degree Courses:

EICCAM –The European Information Centre on Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

Cochrane Evidence and Library: (Search: complementary medicine)

European Federation for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine Education Courses for statutory registered healthcare professionals:

National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE):

British Medical Journal Clinical Evidence Review:

or  Google search Clinical Evidence efficacy categorisations

British Medical Journal (BMJ):

Family Practice Oxford University Press Journals

Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine:

For information about REIKI research, treatments and training, refer to: (click on Research page in the banner and drop down to Reiki Research)

and see also

Cancer Research UK-research into Reiki for people with cancer:

For details of Reiki Training Courses

CAM Reading List:

Complementary Therapies in Medicine Journal:

Traditional, Complementary & Integrative Medicine

an International Reader: 

DISCERN Quality criteria for consumer health information:

British Wheel of Yoga

Further Research: (insert name of therapy in the search box).



Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council

The General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies:


British Complementary Medicine Association:

British Holistic Medical Association:

Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine:

Federation of Holistic Therapists

Complementary Medical Association:

National Institute of Medical Herbalists:

British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy:

British Acupuncture Council:

British Medical Acupuncture Council

British Association of Art Therapists

Association of Reflexologists:

British Wheel of Yoga:

International Federation of Aromatherapists:

International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists

General list with addresses

Explore Integrative Medicine: Professional Associations and Organisations (USA, Europe, Australia, China & India) (use Google search)

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy:

For homeopathy organisations see ante:





Define the Practice Manager’s relationship with:

Local NHS General Practitioners, Consultants & Health Care Providers
Local Hospitals & Clinics
Social Care Sector
Voluntary Sector

Create and keep updated a Health Centre Practitioner’s Handbook:

The Centre’s rules and requirements including the issues of assisting a client/patient to choose a treatment and/or a Practitioner, the handling of incoming mail/messages (confidentiality) and the collection of fees.

  • Legal relationship with Practitioners: Employee/Self-employed? Implications
  • Licence to occupy to be granted to each Practitioner: possible content/ requirement of independent legal advice
  • Disputes between Health Centre and Practitioner: Need for a work-place mediation facility
  • Proposed Practitioner Board: Membership/Constitution/Parameters
  • Complaints procedure: Internal and/or external; Involvement of Practitioner’s professional Membership organisation
  • Vetting of Practitioner/Client Contract, Code of Care; Consent to treatment procedures; Parent or Guardian Consent to treatment procedures
  • Vetting of Practitioner: Membership registrations and professional Insurance  (annually)
  • Professional Negligence Indemnity Insurance: requirement for individual Practitioner and separate cover for Health Centre, the importance of “run-off” cover
  • Employer’s Civil liability Certificate & Insurance and Public liability Insurance: requirements
  • Membership of , for example, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB): benefits
  • Membership of professional registers: see above
  • The safeguarding of vulnerable groups: Disclosure and barring service
  • Legislation: implications for some Practitioners
  • Disability Discrimination Act: need for premises assessment survey?
  • Data Protection Act: need to register and appoint a data controller? Cyber security protection?
  • Practitioner’s professional requirements (if any) relating to statutory regulation or voluntary self-regulation
  • Medical Health & Local Government Authorities: Implications for Practitioners & Health Centre
  • CAM research resources: encourage Practitioners to make available for clients
  • Health Centre Evidence-based CAM research guides for display in Health Centre reception area: sources, content and format
  • The creation of a CAM lending Library as a health centre resource for the use of clients, practitioners and CAM students using the Centre
  • Health Centre Newsletters both internal (for Practitioners) and external (for existing and prospective clients)
  • Arrange participation in open days, trade fairs, expo exhibitions and CAM conferences
  • Arrange Practitioner contribution to the marketing of their practice, the Health Centre & CAM generally: local radio, television and other media outlets to include Practitioners giving interviews & presentations
  • Arrange local competitions (e.g.a Picture of Health painting competition) promoting Health Centre and its Practitioners
  • Marketing: website & social media content; Practitioner brochures – in a “house style”? Voucher scheme
  • Provision of Training facilities: meeting the increasing demand for Practitioner CPD Courses
  • Place entries in local Health Guides/Listings
  • CAM product sales: need for sales staff training/insurance
  • Keep under review interaction and networking with local NHS  & private health providers
  • Promote the use of client treatment records and the use of Treatment Evaluation Forms, incorporating client-related treatment outcome measures
  • Promotion of Integrated Healthcare practice ethics: Practitioner mentoring; Promote integrated healthcare treatment plans
  • Create & distribute Health Centre reception information & therapy guides
  • Review awareness of contra-indications between different types of treatments: implement process for practitioner liaison & resolution of practitioner disputes
  • Preparation for local authority spot-check inspections relating to Health and Safety at Work activities and records
  • Environmental Protection legislation: annual waste declaration and compliance issues
    Practitioners to complete accredited first-aid courses (usually every three years) check that this has been done
  • Encourage Practitioners (where appropriate) to obtain a NHS National Independent Provider Organisation Code and to register as a provider with private health insurance companies
  • Promote awareness of European Union proposals and Directives relating to CAM
  • Liaise with relevant authorities regarding approval of Health Centre for the practice of relevant treatments (e.g. for acupuncture)
  • Liaise with Social Services and GP Practices with regard to referrals (e.g. for psychotherapy and counselling)
  • Generally encourage and advise Practitioners to adopt a business approach to their CAM practice and to spend adequate time on as well as in their practice.


FOR BUSINESS MENTORING SERVICES RELATING TO CAM PRACTICE MANAGEMENT please click on MENTORING in the banner at the top of this page and also review: 

and Richard’s book BUSINESS GUIDE FOR HEALTH THERAPISTS: HOW TO FIND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW available at or from digital stores at



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