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Research and new developments

Research into complementary and alternative medicine is continuing all the time. We previously gathered research for two detailed authoritative reports on the following subjects:

In the reports the complementary and alternative treatments were scored an effectiveness rating between 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). The treatments were also categorised according to their safety.

It has previously been shown that fish oils, which contain abundant amounts of omega-3 fats, are a useful complementary therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. We're supporting research based at Queen Mary University of London to understand how omega-3 fats in these oils exert their anti-inflammatory and healing effect. The results of this study could pave the way for new treatments in the future.

We're also supporting research at the University of Southampton, looking at whether different aspects of patients' treatment experience influence treatment success, and whether this varies depending on the type of treatment. This project will focus on patients receiving complementary therapies such as acupuncture and osteopathy, as well as physiotherapy. The results will ultimately allow patients to receive therapies in a way which means they have the greatest chance of success.


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