President’s Award Profile: Professor George Lewith

In memory of Professor George Lewith – for outstanding contribution to the integrated healthcare

Prof George Lewith1A qualified physician and Professor of Health Research, the late Professor George Lewith was the first doctor in England to receive specialist training in Complementary Medicine. Between 1980 and 2010, he set up and partnered the largest practice of integrated medicine in the UK, with NHS contracts in both Southampton and London. In an obituary published in British Medical Journal, it was commented that, ‘George gained much pleasure from seeing and treating patients and was passionate about treating them as a whole, with great emphasis on holistic care. Thousands of patients feel indebted to George for the compassionate, often life changing, treatment they received.’

Alongside being a practitioner of acupuncture, nutritional and herbal medicine and homeopathy techniques up until 2011, he was also a founder member and trustee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine in 1982. He also established the Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit at the University of Southampton in 1995, and founded the annual conference on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Strategies, Training, Research and New Developments – or CAMSTRAND, for short. He was a prominent researcher in the CAM field, and passionate about the importance of building the scientific evidence base for complementary medicine. Indeed, he had more than 350 peer review papers published, and raised more than £5 million in research funding – a huge accomplishment, by anyone’s standards.

 

In The Moment readers follow their noses and discover aromatherapy

in-the-moment-6Have you always wanted to try aromatherapy, but didn’t know what to expect? You can learn all about this wonderful therapy in our latest contribution to In The Moment magazine.

In The Moment is a beautiful, practical lifestyle magazine for the modern-thinking creative woman. Enjoy practical creative projects, positive features and stories to inspire, adventures near and far for a healthy body and mind, and ideas embracing every aspect of women’s lives: friends, family, self, work, rest and play!

And in their sixth issue, readers will find an introduction to aromatherapy. Our own Karen Young, editor of International Therapist magazine, and FHT Vice President Mary Dalgleish discuss what you can expect from an aromatherapy treatment, things to avoid, and various types of oils to try.

Aromatherapy is one of the therapies on our Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register. Find out more about our Accredited Register here, and read our aromatherapy feature here.

Natural Health readers learn to chill out with reflexology

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December is sneaking up on us, and it can be a stressful time of year. That’s why we’re helping readers of Natural Health magazine keep their cool this winter.

In their article on tips for a calmer December, FHT Vice President Mary Dalgleish discusses the benefits of reflexology, and provides a helpful guide on giving yourself a quick reflexology refresher!

To get even more out of this amazing therapy, consider trying out a reflexology treatment from one of our highly trained therapists. Search for an FHT member near you on our website.

You can read the full article here.

 

Don’t swallow essential oils

This news item is aimed at members of the general public who have been advised that it is safe to ingest (swallow) essential oils.

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The FHT is very concerned by a growing number of reports that members of the public are being advised that it is safe to ingest (swallow) essential oils, or take them internally.

In the FHT’s opinion, taking essential oils internally can be extremely dangerous. Although essential oils are produced from plants and are ‘natural’, they are very powerful products and can have serious side effects if not used properly.

If you would like to use essential oils at home, it is very important that you seek the advice of a professional and suitably qualified aromatherapist. To find an aromatherapist in your area, search the FHT’s Accredited Register, which has been approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

Please share this link with anyone you think may benefit from the information.

Click here to read the FHT’s full statement on the ingestion of essential oils.

Encouraging Natural Health readers to test kinesiology for themselves

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We’re helping readers of Natural Health magazine explore the world of complementary therapies with our introduction to kinesiology, featured in their November issue.

The article discusses the therapy’s background, as well as what to expect at your first appointment. It finishes by signposting readers to the FHT Directory to find a kinesiologist near them. So if you’re a kinesiologist, log into the Members’ Area and make sure your Directory listing is up to date!

You can read the full article here.

 

Music can help clients change their tune

piano-instrument-music-keys-159420In our last issue of International Therapist, our regular case study feature came from Nicolle Mitchell, who discussed her treatment of a client living with dementia. We documented her treatment plan and approach, as well as the client’s history.

We’ve now received an update via Facebook from Nicolle, which touches on other aspects of her client’s treatment. She writes:

This gentleman, is a lover of jazz & musician. He is usually very vocal & often does not know when he is being vocal which I interpret as frustration, distress and having unmet needs. He cannot walk or see. Within minutes he had quietened and started to pick out rhythms with his fingers. I quietly watched & delighted in his joy & engagement.

We’ve also looked at other benefits music can confer. In our latest issue of International Therapist, we hear from Dr Stella Compton Dickinson about ways that music can improve wellbeing.

You can read Nicolle’s original case study here. Her update on Facebook is here. And our latest article, on the benefits of music, is here.

We also love hearing from our members about their work. If you have a similar case study you’d like to submit, contact our deputy editor, Dan Ralls, at dralls@fht.org.uk.

Want to receive our magazine right to your front door? Join us today to keep up to date on the latest in therapy news and trends.

The FHT points In The Moment readers to reflexology

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We’re pleased to announce our latest press contribution! You can catch us in In The Moment magazine.

In The Moment is a beautiful, practical lifestyle magazine for the modern-thinking creative woman. Enjoy practical creative projects, positive features and stories to inspire, adventures near and far for a healthy body and mind, and ideas embracing every aspect of women’s lives: friends, family, self, work, rest and play!

And in the November issue, which is out today, readers will find an introduction to reflexology and our very own Helen and Alison promoting the FHT’s Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register through our ‘My therapist helps me…’ campaign.

Find out more about our Accredited Register here, and read our reflexology feature here.