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


Links to 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: Generally

CAM Practitioner Organisations

CAM Practice Management 


ARTICLES BY RICHARD EATON published by PositiveHealth Online

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)

Complementary Medicine – Prepare for the Future

Complementary Medicine and the Voluntary Sector

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):

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)

Details of Author


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CAM ORGANISATIONS ACCREDITED by the Professional Standards Authority


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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:

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:

and for PubMed articles & clinical trials:

Palliative Care Funding Review (July 2011):

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

The Royal Marsden:

Support Organisations:

Marie Curie Cancer Care:

Macmillan Cancer Support:   and see above

Penny Brohn UK:

My Cancer treatment (NHS):



Faculty of Homeopathy:

Swiss Government Report:

Homeopathy Research Institute

Homeopathy Research Institute clinical outcome research database

The Society of Homeopaths

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 research paper:

Article (Cancer):

Establishing a scientific foundation in homeopathy (Constitutional prescribing):

NHS Choices:

Find a Homeopath:


CAM-quest database:

and see:

Cancer Research UK:


CAM Evidence online (CAMEOL)

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:

and see also:

The University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Integrative Medicine

(The Cochrane CAM Review)

The Research Council for 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 (Christopher Smallwood)

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 Summaries:

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


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)


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.

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