The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Regulating CAM in the UK

    Presently, “Anyone can set themselves up as an acupuncturist, homoeopath, herbalist, or other complementary therapist,” reports TimesOnLine.

    This will change in April 2008.

    The Natural HealthCare Council will register practitioners of aromatherapy, reflexology, massage, nutrition, shiatzu, reiki, naturopathy, yoga, homoeopathy, cranial osteopathy, and the Alexander and Bowen techniques.

    Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture will be the subject of statutory regulation. Osteopathy and chiropractic are already covered by legislation.

    To qualify, practitioners will have to meet safety criteria, complete a recognized course of study, be insured, and have signed up to codes of conduct.

    The program will be voluntary at first. However, it will be empowered to act in response to patients’ complaints. This includes preventing errant or incompetent practitioners from working in their field.

    The bottom line?
    More evidence that CAM is integrating into the mainstream.

    1/5/08 9:25 JR

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