27 Feb '11, 10pm

East-West medicine: Bridging the divide

SINGAPORE - Acupuncture may not cure all ailments but neither is it a placebo. And doctors should be allowed to refer patients to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners, says American Professor Brian Berman - the latest medical expert to weigh in on the ongoing debate in the medical community on acupuncture. Alternative therapies such as TCM can complement Western medicine, said Dr Berman, a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland, and director of its Center for Integrative Medicine. In Singapore last Friday for a talk organised by the Tsao Foundation, Dr Berman said studies have shown acupuncture's positive effects on lower back pain, post-operation nausea and vomiting, as well as the rate of pregnancy in women undergoing in-vitro fertilisation. Acupuncture has also been found cost-effective in treating back pain, chronic headaches and neck pa...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110228-0000121/Ea...

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