ICM surveyed a cross-section of 1200 people by phone for fve live. The results
showed 20% used a copleentary edicine or therapy in the last year. !ouble
the nuber found to be usin" the in a siilar survey # years a"o. $ur survey
revealed en less li%ely than woen to turn to a therapist. &ut the two of the ost
popular treatents ' herbal edicine and acupuncture were used ore by en
than woen.
(ohn )riest was o*ered acupuncture on the +,-.
I had soe abdoinal pain and bac% pain/ saw y 0eneral )ractitioner/ had a lot of
tests done/ didn1t show anythin"/ so he then o*ered y either physiotherapy which
I didn1t thin% was really "oin" to solve the proble or pain-%illers which are a
teporary e2pedient at best or acupuncture which I didn1t %now a "reat deal about.
-o I thou"ht let1s try soethin" new and see if it can produce soe relief.
3nd how do you feel now that you1ve had it4
3 lot better. I won1t say it1s been 100 per cent cured but it certainly produced a very
bi" iproveent both in the pain itself and in y "eneral feelin" of well bein".
The a5ority of people said they used alternative edicine is because it wor%ed for
the. &ut other reasons "iven included that it was rela2in" and it helped prevent
illness. $ne in ten people was referred to an alternative therapist by their doctor but
an e6ual nuber referred theselves because they said they didn1t believe in
conventional edicine. $thers said they went to a copleentary practitioner
because they couldn1t "et the treatent they wanted on the +,- 789: +ational
,ealth -ervice;.
(en Mc<eed is one such patient. ,e1s been payin" to see a naturopath and
nutritionist for the last = years.
I actually had M3 I 5ust fnished >niversity. I was very run down. I1d spend ? wee%s in
bed. I1d been to see several doctors. 3nd I was basically told there was nothin"
they could do for e/ I 5ust had to wait. 3nd I went to see (oh and I was helped
"reatly. I1 a scientist so I li%e proof/ I li%e to see real thin"s happenin" but I was at
y wit1s end with how I was feelin" and it was an alternative way of dealin" with
what I had. I thin% a lot of people are see%in" an alternative to antibiotics. I was on
= courses of antibiotics when I was told initially that I had the batin" @u. In fact
probably what I was prescribed by the doctor.
Many ainstrea doctors reain s%eptical about alternative health treatents/
especially the ore unusual - 1 per cent of our survey had used crystal therapy/
@otation tan%s/ %inesiolo"y and a"netic therapy aon"st others. &ut the cost
iplications for the health syste can1t be i"nored. )eople ta%in" part in our poll
spent an avera"e 1= pounds. #0 a onth on alternatives. Those a"ed between 1A
and 2B spent an avera"e 1A pounds #0. That1s 22= pounds a year they ay have
been savin" the +,- hundreds in dru"s and doctors1 tie. 3lison Carden is a
therapist who practices "estalt ' a for of psychotherapy at the ,ell clinic in
Dondon. -he believes the future lies in a arria"e of ainstrea and
copleentary health for that reason
>p until about B years a"o I wor%ed alon"side doctors. <ro y e2perience the
doctors had little tie. They were so pressed for tie. They were very adept at
siftin" throu"h who they were best at helpin" and who I was best at helpin" and it
5ust wor%ed that syste wor%ed. -o the ore therapists there are with conventional
edicines alon"side ' I ean that is the way to "o. I thin% that both are so vital. &ut
soe 0)s are still treatin" syptos. Chat is the point of 5ust treatin" the
syptos/ it1s so superfcial. let1s "o to the root/ let1s "o to the cause.