Practically all the following healthcare modalities have little or no “scientific proof of efficacy”. This is not a disclaimer but a statement to inform patients that all Traditional Systems of Medicine cannot be assessed by today’s scientific criteria.
Why is this you may say? Apart from the knowledge and skills the physician acquires during training and in practice, a major component in the understanding and treatment of a patient’s health issue that is not measurable by science is INTUITION. This quality is what makes a good physician a great physician.
INTUITION – the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning.
Unani is a Persian word meaning Greek and Tibb an Arabic word meaning medicine. It is a system of medicine that began with Imhotep in Africa, was embraced by Greeks like Hippocrates and refined over many centuries by Arab physicians like Ibn Sina.
One of the main components of Unani-Tibb is the recognition of each person’s uniqueness. This uniqueness is known as Temperament. Temperament describes a person’s physical characteristics (the constitution) and his or her psychological, and emotional attributes. It assesses personality strengths and weaknesses, and includes the predisposition (risk factors) for particular disorders. Although each person’s temperament is as unique as their fingerprint, Unani-Tibb divides people into a combination of four broad categories, Sanguinous, Phlegmatic, Melancholic and Bilious, with a dominant and a sub-dominant temperament. For more information check out the Library
OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATIVE MEDICINE
For thousands of years structural manipulation has been a component in systems of healthcare throughout the world but it wasn’t formulated as a medical discipline until Dr Andrew Taylor Still (1828 – 1917), who, in his own words “….on June 22nd 1874, I flung to the breeze the banner of Osteopathy”.
This formalized the philosophy and practice of manipulation and introduced the concept that the function of the internal organs can be affected/altered by specific osteopathic manipulations and structural realignment.
A paper by the J.Can.Chiropr Assoc 2014 Dec reported no difference between exercise and spinal manipulation. Again practitioner skills were assessed rather than the medical discipline.
Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment which stimulates healing. Short for “proliferation therapy,” Prolotherapy is also known as nonsurgical ligament and tendon reconstruction, or regenerative injection therapy.
Prolotherapy works by stimulating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured musculoskeletal tissue. The treatment originated in the 1930’s when Dr. Earl Gedney, an osteopathic surgeon successfully treated his own severe hand injury.
Prolotherapy works by getting the body to use its own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured and painful joint areas.
Regulation Thermometry uses a digital infrared thermal scanner to assess relative time changes in skin temperature when the body is subjected to an environmental change such as immersing the feet in cold water.
The technique was used by Hippocrates over 2000 years ago when he applied wet mud to a patients and watched which areas of the torso dried first. Technology has come on leaps and bounds since those days.
By using the relative time changes in the skin temperature, assessment of the function of the internal organs can be determined and monitored during an individualized treatment programme.