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Complementary Medicine Roundup – February 2019

AROMATHERAPY WITH ESSENTIAL OILS OF ROSA DAMASCENA: MANAGING PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS)

Clinical Aromatherapists may be interested to review this triple-blind randomized clinical trial, conducted at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran, between 05.03.16 and 20.02.17, an abstract of which may be viewed here, which concluded that Aromatherapy with R. damascena improved multiple symptoms of PMS.

KARL AND VERONICA CARSTENS (KVC) FOUNDATION: AWARD FOR MS RESEARCH

The KVC Foundation has awarded a Science Prize for research in natural remedies/complementary medicine for multiple sclerosis (MS) to prize-winner PD Dr.med Carsten Grundemann, Head of the AG Naturopathy at the Institute for infection Prevention and Hospital Hygiene at the University Hospital Freiburg, for his work on immunosuppressive cyclotides – a herbal agent with a human therapeutic perspective. More information may be viewed here and here (note: an English translation available).

Finally and following so soon after the also untimely death of Professor George Lewith, reported in my August 2017 blog, I record below a selection of the many tributes to Dr Peter Fisher and Dr Leon Chaitow, both of whom, I am sure, will be well-known to readers.

SELECTION OF TRIBUTES TO DR PETER FISHER

Although the tragic death, in a road traffic accident on the 15th August 2018, of Dr Peter Fisher has been widely documented, it is a privilege to mention here some of the many online tributes to him.

Dr Fisher was director of research at University College London Hospital’s Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) and physician to Her Majesty the Queen. To quote from the tribute (16.08.18) by Dr Gill Gaskin, UCLH medical director, specialist hospitals board:

 ‘…Peter was a highly regarded colleague and friend of many at the RLHIM, where he worked for more than 35 years. He was an international figure in homeopathy who was committed to holistic and compassionate care for his patients…’

The following are links to a selection of tributes and obituaries (given in no particular order):

Dr Gill Gaskin (UCLH);

Sato Liu (Friends of the RLHIM);

Dr Michael Dixon (College of Medicine, London);

Dr Sandra Goodman (Positive Health Online);

The Society of Homeopaths;

Alliance for Natural Health (eAlert 16.08.18);

The European Commission for Homeopathy;

Obituary in the Times newspaper (01.09.18);

Obituary in the BMJ (23.08.18)

Readers may want to refer to the post by Dr Fisher on the website of the Faculty of Homeopathy titled Scientific Evidence and Homeopathy and to the transcript of an interview with him on the website of naturallysavvy.com.

SELECTION OF TRIBUTES TO DR LEON CHAITOW

Yet another immensely sad loss to practitioners, students and researchers of complementary, naturopathic and osteopathic medicine is the death of Dr Leon Chaitow on the 20th September 2018.

Author of more than 70 books and founding Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed and Medline indexed Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (JBMT) (Elsevier), Dr Chaitow was, among many other things, a visiting lecturer at numerous chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathic, naturopathic and massage schools in Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia. In 2018, although in failing health, he completed his last book Fascial Dysfunction 2e (published by Handspring) and arranged for the editorial succession of the JBMT.

A moving tribute by his daughter, Dr Sasha Chaitow, is published on his website.

Other online tributes to him, given in no particular order, include those recorded by:

Dr Sandra Goodman at Positive Health Online;

The British College of Osteopathic Medicine

Editorial staff at Massage Today

https://www.sarasotaschoolofmassagetherapy.edu/blog/farewell-leon-chaitow/

Belatedly, by virtue of the timing of this newsletter, I send my thoughts and sympathies to the families of Dr Fisher and Dr Chaitow, both of whom gave so much knowledge, wisdom and support to CAM and Conventional Medicine practitioners, patients and students as well as to countless others.

Richard Eaton

February 2019