NOTICE TO ALL PATIENTS

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? Basically it boils down to “Operator Dependency”

… and what does that mean?

It means “How skilled is your practitioner at applying his/her Art?” I use the term “Art” because whichever traditional health discipline is used the results are based on the proficiency of the practitioner and not the discipline they practice. So the results of any “clinical trials” is based purely on the practitioner’s skills and not the modality being assessed.

Inadequate practitioner skills results in disappointing scientific evaluation.

Traditional forms of medicine are assessed by “Evidenced Based Criteria”,  an accepted procedure  in scientific evaluation.  In other words if it has worked well for thousands of years then there’s probably something in it. Maybe it’s not amenable to “blinded scientific evaluation” but if it makes people better what other proof do you need.

So having said that the following is a list of the modalities offered by the Centre.

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/PLATELET THERAPY

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

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.