FHT promotes therapies in Natural Health magazine

NH Oct 2018 cover_.jpgWe’ve recently contributed to two articles in Natural Health magazine to promote the FHT, our members and the therapies they practice.

Natural Health ran a ‘6 ways to reboot your body’ feature in its October issue, discussing therapies that can give the body a much-needed boost. For this they called on the expertise of FHT President Christopher Byrne, who talked about the energy-boosting benefits of acupuncture, amno-fu massage, Chinese herbs, acupressure massage, Qigong and essential oils.

In the same issue we provided a plant profile for German chamomile, explaining its many health benefits.

Natural Health is a consumer magazine, covering healthy eating, wellbeing, therapies, beauty and fashion.

World Mental Health Day


Today is World Mental Health Day, a global event that raises awareness of mental health issues, highlights support available and campaigns for more to be done to ensure everyone gets the care that they need.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, nearly 50% of UK adults believe that they have had a diagnosable mental health problem in their lifetime, yet just 33% have received a diagnosis.

Furthermore, young people are particularly vulnerable to ill mental health, with one in five adolescents experiencing a mental health problem in any given year and one in 10 children and young people clinically diagnosed.

According to our 2018 Members’ Survey, more than 82% of FHT members regularly support clients experiencing stress and anxiety, while over 34% support clients with a diagnosed mental health condition.

Many studies have looked at the effects of complementary therapies for mental health problems, with one recent study suggesting that aromatherapy could aid people experiencing depression.

A team of scientists at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University conducted a systematic review of 12 randomised controlled trials (five on aromatherapy through inhalation, eight in aromatherapy massage and one involving both methods).

The 12 selected trials involved a combined total of 1,226 subjects, of which 984 were female and 224 male, with a mean age of 47. Treatment times and frequency varied across the studies. The selection of essential oils used were determined by the aromatherapists. Where the oils were inhaled, lavender and bergamot were primarily used, whereas the aromatherapy massage studies opted for a wider range of oils, including lavender and rose otto.

Two of the five inhalation-based studies and five of the eight massage trials reported improvements in symptoms. Aromatherapy massage was also found to be more effective than inhalation for alleviating depressive symptoms.

Read more about World Mental Health Day and access online resources

NHS doctor in the house for North Birmingham FHT Local Support Group

North Birmingham reiki

The North Birmingham FHT Local Support Group welcomed Dr Sukhdev Singh at a recent meeting at the Cancer Support Centre in Sutton Coldfield, writes group coordinator Alison Clamp.

Dr Singh is an NHS consultant at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, who specialises in gastrointestinal complaints. He has many years’ experience in this field but has also trained in hypnotherapy, mindfulness and yoga. He is very interested in natural health and the importance of a positive outlook to health; at the hospital, he holds regular yoga and mindfulness classes.

During his hypnotherapy training, he became very aware of the importance of being listened to by someone with an open, loving heart and that was a large part of any treatment he could offer. His path in life led him to discover reiki and a therapist named Sandy Edwards. Sandy offered reiki in his clinic at Good Hope Hospital and Dr Singh often signposted patients to her that he felt could benefit from treatment. He expressed the frustration that doctors can feel when patients don’t respond to treatment and aren’t sure what to do next. These were the type of patients he referred to reiki.

Sandy managed to obtain funding for a seven-year study, during which reiki was offered to patients. Two research papers have so far been published on the study, ‘Experiences of healing therapy in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease’ (2015) and ‘A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of healing therapy in a gastroenterology outpatient setting’ (2017).

The Cancer Support Centre offers many therapies, and some service users attended the meeting. They endorsed the therapies, saying how they improved wellbeing and quality of life for themselves and their families.

The evening concluded with an interesting discussion on the role of complementary therapies in mainstream medicine and around the cause of illnesses in general. Dr Singh asserted that people in general get ill because of toxic relationships, poor food and lack of exercise.

We hope you enjoyed this article, which was first published in the Summer 2018 issue of International Therapist!

International Therapist is the FHT’s membership magazine. Published on a quarterly basis, it offers a broad range of articles – from aromatherapy and electrolysis, to sports injuries and regulation updates. The magazine is a membership benefit and is not available off-the-shelf or by subscription.

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FHT shares the benefits of baby massage with In the Moment readers

ITM_017_p001_cover.jpgFind a full-page article written by the FHT in the latest issue of In the Moment.

In its October issue (#17) we turn our attention towards baby massage, looking at what a treatment would typically involve, as well as five key benefits of the therapy.

The article is part of a ‘Have you tried’ regular feature in the magazine, which puts a spotlight on different therapies practiced by FHT members.

The FHT regularly contributes to national  consumer publications to promote the FHT, its members and the therapies they practice.

In the Moment is a monthly lifestyle magazine, covering wellbeing, creativity, good living and travel.

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Win a free ticket to the new Integrative Health Convention


Organised by Dr Toh Wong and Dr Naveed Akhtar, the aim of the Integrative Health Convention is to provide a platform where complementary and medical practitioners can meet, share, teach, and learn from each other, to help themselves and others.

The convention takes place on Sunday 13 and Sunday 14 October, at Park Plaza Victoria London, where delegates can choose from more than 30 talks across both days, covering physical and psychological therapies, as well as business and marketing.

FHT members can enter a free prize draw to win one of five two-day tickets to the convention – simply email your full name, FHT membership number and post code to kyoung@fht.org.uk writing ‘Convention’ in the subject box by midnight, Sunday 7 October for a chance to win.*

For more information about the convention, visit www.integrativehealthconvention.co.uk/

*Competition terms and conditions apply – FHT members can visit fht.org.uk/competitions for full details. Winners will be notified by email on Monday 8 October, 2018. Please note that the personal data you provide the FHT in relation to any FHT prize draw or competition will not be shared with any third party, and will be erased three months after the closing date of the prize draw or competition. Where it is necessary to share your personal data with a third party (for example, to send a prize out to you, direct from the supplier), the FHT will contact you to ask for your express permission to share the minimum amount of personal data required to complete this task.

Quote of the week

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a reminder of how important it is to regularly check for any changes that could be cancer.

Find out more about Breast Cancer Awareness month and how to spot the signs of breast cancer

Look out for an article on breast cancer awareness in the Autumn issue of International Therapist (available from Thursday 18 October).