My general practice
In these articles Dr English looks back at how he incorporated homeopathy and other complementary therapies into his general medical practice - a mid-twentieth-century example of integrative medicine.
Homeopathy and childbirth
In today’s online world information is readily available on the uses of homeopathic remedies in pregnancy and childbirth. This is also an area of medical practice in the West where in some respects there is a growing acceptance of the use of homeopathy, for example by midwives. You’ll find a brief list of online resources further down this blog. Thirty or forty years ago, when I was in general practice, though the knowledge about homeopathy was less readily available to the general public, I was able to use the comparative autonomy that GPs then enjoyed, and use a range of complementary approaches, including homeopathy and acupuncture, that helped mothers (and fathers and babies!) during pregnancy and childbirth.
Teaching autogenic training
I've described how I learned Autogenic Training (AT) in 1980 and how, back in my practice I started teaching it. There were no training courses for teachers in those days, thank goodness! I’m not convinced by these. They are more to give AT status as a respectable discipline with accreditation than anything else, although, once it was established, I became accredited.
Acupuncture and my general medical practice
In another article I talked about how in the mid-1960s I first learned acupuncture from Dr Felix Mann, a key figure in establishing modern medical acupuncture in the UK.
Generally speaking, having needled a patient for acupuncture treatment one leaves the needles in place for somewhere between five and thirty minutes. However Dr Mann sometimes simply rotated them and removed them after half a minute from the few important sites he used regularly. I wanted the facility for the longer treatment in my own GP surgery.