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.
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