By Brian Booth, Joanna Trevelyan
The main updated and accomplished assessment of the 14 cures that nurses, midwives and future health viewers have expressed specific curiosity in. every one treatment is mentioned intimately and the results to be used in well-being care are tested. The vexed query of study is handled all through and the booklet ends with a glance at most probably destiny developments. this article, written based on the expansion of curiosity in complementary drugs, among healthiness execs and most of the people, is a needs to for these nurses, midwives and healthiness viewers contemplating incorporating using complementary medication into their perform.
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If a person has high blood pressure or epilepsy, some points on the skull should be avoided. Pregnancy is another difficult case, for although mothers-to-be may enjoy the relaxation engendered by shiatsu, there are some pressure points on the leg which practitioners say can, if manipulated, increases the chance of miscarriage. 50 COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE There are many conditions which shiatsu has no direct part in treating, but when the experience of touch alone might be beneficial for the patient - for example, neoplasm and AIDS.
Time - how long will treatment take, and is the nurse intending to use ward time, or her own? • Will the patient's or the client's family co-operate? • Would a professional therapist be better? After the uncertainty and demoralisation that have dogged nursing in recent years, it is a pleasant change to see something positive on the horizon; it is up to the profession, individually and collectively, to see that this used wisely and well. 2 RCN SPECIAL·INTEREST GROUP FOR COMPliMENTARY THERAPIES The ReN's special-interest group in complementary therapies, which now has around two thousand members, asked its steering committee in 1992 to look at therapies which nurses might realistically be able to use The committee reported that 'potentially acceptable therapies', providing nurses were appropriately trained, could be divided up into several groups (SteYensen 1992): • 'Complete systems of healing' included acupuncture, shiatsu, and other therapies with roots in traditional Chinese medicine; osteopathy chiropractic; homoeopathy; herbal medicine; Bach Rower remedies; gem remedies; Australian bush-Rower remedies; and reRexology.
The body, she argues, can resolve emotional traumas and shocks if it is helped, through massage, to relieve itself of its patterns of chronic tension and blocks. Each organ, according to Boyesen, has two functions, one physical and one esoteric; the esoteric function of the intestine, for example, is to digest stress. Using a stethoscope to listen to the noises inside the abdomen, Boyesen argues that it is possible to distinguish the noises which denote that emotional energy has be set free. Swedish massage is not, as some would have us believe, the stuff of massage parlours.
Complementary Medicine: for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors by Brian Booth, Joanna Trevelyan