Yoga Bear has a good post alerting us to the new UK initiative to install a regulatory Council and registry for alternative medicine practitioners (announced this week on BBC News).
Spearheaded by Maggie Dunn, co-chairman of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the body “will not judge clinics on whether therapies are effective, but rather on whether they operate a professional and safe business.” Basically, the practitioners have to show they have proper “training and experience, abide by a code of conduct and ensure they have insurance in place” in order to become ‘registered’. It sounds a little fuzzy to us, so we’re interested to hear more about the specific requirements. Also, the very last line of the BBC article says the therapists will have to pay £45 a year to join the register.
As of now in the US, the cowboys and quacks can run free! With hardly any guidelines or government regulation when it comes to herbal medicine practitioners or yoga therapists, while Naturopathy follows state-by-state license laws, which in some states are non-existent.
However, have no fear! If you’re looking for a natural practitioner, Yoga Bear lends us some helpful tips:
1. Credentials. Ask them where their degree or certificate is from! No legitimate natural practitioner (yoga instructor, naturopathic practitioner, etc.) will be offended by a potential client asking questions.
2. Insured. Malpractice insurance does more than protect you in the event that something goes wrong. If your practitioner doesn’t have malpractice insurance it could mean that he or she doesn’t qualify. Ask yourself, “Why?”
3. Openness to ideas. No legitimate practitioner will deny a client information about mainstream medicine. If your naturopath is locked in on the idea “natural” medicine only and can’t acknowledge that technology-based medicine has a place in your health care, be wary.
For finding holistic medicine information on the internet, the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego published these comprehensive guidelines.
And we’re reminded that “natural” doesn’t mean “anti-science,” which we wonder will have more meaning after a regulatory council takes on the role of laying down the law.
Alternative Therapy ‘Crackdown’ [BBC NEWS UK]
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