Could Alternative Treatments Tackle Complex Conditions?

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With TV documentary 'The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs' promoting a multi-disciplinary approach to medical treatment, how could so-called 'alternative treatments' cure complex conditions?

The Law Of... seeking alternative treatments

Considering the effectiveness of two alternative treatments, Thaminah Ali – Paralegal for Simpson Millar's Complex Personal Injury team – explains how cupping and Kambo could help a variety of ailments.

Olympics Places Cupping In Spotlight

This year's Olympic Games in Rio placed one alternative treatment in the spotlight, with many athletes featuring round bruises that are caused by an ancient alternative medicine called cupping.

Cupping has appeared in the media before, with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston spotted with round marks in the past.

Cupping is a form of acupuncture that dates back thousands of years and is designed to ease muscle aches and pains.

Much like acupuncture, cupping is not a scientifically proven technique; however there is strong anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness, especially from athletes who use the treatment to recover from training.

Cupping works like a reverse deep tissue massage, as tissue is suctioned into a cup, which promotes blood flow and can ease knots or muscle tightness.

While the technique can be used in various parts of the body, it is usually associated with larger muscle groups with flatter surfaces and most practitioners promote cupping for lower and upper back pain.

Could Anti-Biotic Frog Poison Combat Depression?

Another ancient alternative medicine that is gaining a buzz in the western world is Kambo, which is the name given to the poison secreted from the Giant Tree frog.

Once collected, the frog's poison is applied to the body via small burns made by a trained practitioner.

It is claimed that this treatment removes bad toxins from the body and testimonials suggest that the process helps mindfulness, while others claim that Kambo can help improve concentration, strengthen the immune system, overcome fatigue, and tackle depression and alcohol addiction.

During the treatment, it is common for patients to vomit, as it is claimed that the poison is causing the body to purge bad toxins.

Kambo is described as an 'ordeal medicine', as practitioners claim that for the medicine to have its desired effect patients must undergo a full cleanse.

Scientific research into Kambo started in the 1980's and highlighted that Kambo contains antibiotic properties and peptides that stimulate the endocrine glands of the brain. Kambo also features natural pain killers that are considered to be stronger than morphine.

The application of Kambo is regulated by the International Association of Kambo Practitioners, which has 13 registered practitioners in the UK and 50 around the world.

Discussing alternative medicines and treatments, Thaminah said:

"For our clients who are suffering from chronic pain or long-term psychological issues after an accident, alternative medicines could offer welcome respite to their conditions."

"Due to the lack of proven statistical data, it is impossible to tell whether these treatments have a placebo effect, but many that have undergone the treatments report positive effects."

"So many complex conditions, such as chronic pain and depression, can have a debilitating effect on an individual's life and we do often come across client's who are willing to try any type of treatment to improve their condition."

"At Simpson Millar, we always recommend a multi-disciplinary approach to recovery, however we advise all clients to adopt a holistic approach recommended by medical professionals."

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