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Posted at 2:14 PM on Tuesday 9 March 2010
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

I was looking on the web for advice on what I can do about my sometimes difficult digestion and the occasional heartburn and was glad to have found the 'DIGESTION and DYSMOTILITY' article here which has some good info on the details of these common problems (lets face it - we all experience something like that from time to time).

I was also fortunate to have found this other article which gives some beautifully simple advice on how to look after your digestion.

http://www.acumedic.com/pdf/staffuploads/463_regulateyourdigestion.pdf

I am finding it quite helpful and I hope you will too.

Take a look at this short article and let me know what you think.

Cheers.
H.
Posted at 3:04 PM on Tuesday 9 March 2010
Yes, interesting article Herm, but luckily I have the constitution of an ox, in fact my wife often says that I should live in a barn!
Posted at 5:11 PM on Thursday 11 March 2010
Barry said:

Yes, interesting article Herm, but luckily I have the constitution of an ox, in fact my wife often says that I should live in a barn!


I am glad to hear that you are so resilient!

I was wondering what your thoughts are on chinese medicine (note to self: start a new discussion topic). Would you, or anyone you know, ever use chinese medicine? Where would you get it from?

I think it's something that's worth exploring.
Posted at 5:56 PM on Thursday 11 March 2010
I`m afraid that I`m strictly an NHS man myself, the chinese medicine thing reminds me a little of shamen witch doctor type remedies, with some very suspect ingredients. A case in court earlier this week surrounded the prosecution of a chinese herbalist for dispensing drugs which apparently destroyed a woman`s kidneys and gave her cancer, so be careful where you tread with this one my friend! As an aside, a little chinese medicine store opened in our local mall recently and was doing quite brisk business until the owner did a runner leaving massive debts, all a con apparently that he had no knowledge or qualifications whatever! The whole thing seems a minefield to me!
Posted at 2:43 PM on Wednesday 17 March 2010
Barry said:

I`m afraid that I`m strictly an NHS man myself, the chinese medicine thing reminds me a little of shamen witch doctor type remedies, with some very suspect ingredients. A case in court earlier this week surrounded the prosecution of a chinese herbalist for dispensing drugs which apparently destroyed a woman`s kidneys and gave her cancer, so be careful where you tread with this one my friend! As an aside, a little chinese medicine store opened in our local mall recently and was doing quite brisk business until the owner did a runner leaving massive debts, all a con apparently that he had no knowledge or qualifications whatever! The whole thing seems a minefield to me!


Yes Barry I understand your scepticism. I have read about that case in the news and was shocked to hear about Patricia Booth and Sandra Stay's horrible cases. Just thinking about it is terrifying. I think it's pretty clear that the main problem here is that people do not have the knowledge and the means to tell apart the dodgy herbal dealers from the genuine experts who fully understand what they are selling to the public and which herbs are banned. There is no law in place from the Government which says that only fully qualified people can sell chinese herbs and that loophole is letting con artists and underqualified sellers get away.

I did a little bit of research and came across the 'chinese medical institute and register' organisation who seem to be trying to make sure that chinese medicine doctors in the UK are properly qualified and follow the rules. I think the 'acumedic' clinic should be a safe bet as they are recognised by the cmir.

To be honest with you I think the onus should be on people/patients to make the most of their right to consumer choice in various medicines and treatments that's available in the UK and find the right doctor by doing some research. Be selective, cautious and smart!
Posted at 7:00 PM on Wednesday 17 March 2010
I am all for consumer choice, but with health issues I think that alternative remedies are to be considered only after all traditional avenues have been explored and found wanting, as sometimes the cost of failed alternative remedies and procedures can be worse than the complaint! Consider the amount of cosmetic plastic surgery operations, sometimes done cheaply at home and abroad, that go wrong. Where do people immediately go, where else than to the NHS for the rest of us to fund a cure to what is completely a self inflicted injury! However "cautious, selective and smart" you may think you are, there are always charlatans who are a damn sight smarter! Definitely a case of "buyer beware" methinks.....
Posted at 8:37 PM on Tuesday 23 March 2010
One of the problems with 'alternative' medicine is that generally it is untested; also it is often very unclear how long the treatment is to be used. With conventional medicine if you take the tablets/use the cream you will know whether it is working within a day or two and often within hours.
With herbal results I have read reports saying something like 'after 6 months my joints are much better'. I can't help wondering if that might have happened anyway. I think that many treatments are inspired by the adage (referring to colds) that it will last seven days if you treat it and a week if you don't.
All the same, although I would be very reluctant to try fringe medicines I do take vitamin tablets. Whether they work or not is speculation.
Posted at 11:30 AM on Thursday 25 March 2010
Yes Barry, I fully understand your point and completely agree with it. We have grown so used to seeing on telly many Brits with examples of botched boob jobs and nose jobs done cheaply abroad and then the NHS have to clear up the mess with our money!

I am also aware that there are many 'healers' and other such charlatan 'doctors' ready to pounce on people in desperate need. I'd like to think I'm cleverer than that! Fingers crossed!

And yes Baz, I understand why you are suspicious of 'alternative' treatments. They have got much to prove in the UK (while in their own countries those medicines is the only thing most of people have) whereas the NHS has been established and in development since 1944.

Would it not be great if in the future the NHS would also include the best of alternative medicines in its services for the benefit of patients? I believe that traditional alternative medicines might have some good things in them that are relevant to modern people, for example things like lifestyle and diet advice and meditation techniques. No?

I want to be able to go to the NHS and not just get a load of pills, but some personalised advice on how I can have a healthier lifestyle!