Proving the Point

Although hard to believe, there are still some people who have doubts regarding the efficacy of anything that is not ‘modern medicine.’  In spite of there being mountains of evidence available, it still requires people to go and look for it.  In order to ease this tiresome burden of literature review, I am establishing this page which will provide a simple click to at least an abstract, from which further research can be carried out.

The requirement for entry on to this resource is that any paper will have been published in a  peer reviewed journal and will follow the PROMPT criteria developed for evaluating information developed by the Open University.  PROMPT stands for Presentation, Relevance, Objectivity, Method, Provenance and Timeliness.  Some of the papers may well be older, but in the absence of more recent material, the paper may still provide good information. Further information on PROMPT criteria can be found here.

This initiative has been motivated by coming in to contact with people who dismiss all non allopathic therapies as having no evidence and therefore, by extension, deem those that practice these therapies as unworthy of being granted access to educational dissection classes.

See my blog post here for further discussion on this topic, but needless to say, it’s not a view I share.  By building a reference resource in one place however, perhaps we can shine a light on some of the wealth of evidence that exists.

As this resource grows, the therapies will migrate to their own section.


The British Acupuncture Council hosts an extensive section of reviews relating to specific conditions treated by acupuncture


The role of gentle touch in perinatal osteopathic manual therapy

Touch Therapy

The effect of healing touch on the pain and mobility of persons with osteoarthritis: A feasibility study 

Human Touch Effectively and Safely Reduces Pain in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit

Non Specific Complementary Medicine

Using Complementary and Alternative Medicine to Treat Pain and Agitation in Dementia: A Review of Randomized Controlled Trials from Long-Term Care with Potential Use in Critical Care

Integrative Medicine for the Treatment of Persistent Pain


NICE Guidelines

BMJ article relating to above