Launch of the MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health

Launch of the MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health

Need more information on EuroCAM click here

Today we seen the launch of the European Interest group on integrative care and health.The newly established Interest Group on Integrative Medicine & Health continues the work of the former MEP Interest Group on CAM. This group brings together MEPs who work collectively to promote the inclusion of CAM as part of Integrative Medicine & Health in all possible European Parliament public health policy.

It is lovely to see this progress in European countries.  The Friends are a member of this group and we look forward to following and being involved with the work of this European group.  For more information and to view the presentations from the launch, clinic here 



Helping Ease Anxiety and Depression after Stroke – Glasgow Caledonian University Research

Helping Ease Anxiety and Depression after Stroke – Glasgow Caledonian University Research



Helping Ease Anxiety and Depression following Stroke:

HEADS: UP Online course

Glasgow Caledonian University are looking for individuals who might like to take part in their research. You are invited to take part in research about anxiety and depression after stroke.
The research is being carried out by Glasgow Caledonian University.

What is the research about?

Mindfulness is a self-management course that teaches people how to cope with
anxiety and depression. Skills taught during the course include meditation and
mindfulness breathing. These skills are practiced at home. Many people find
Mindfulness helpful, but often they do not complete the course, or they find it difficult
to practice at home. We worked with stroke survivors and family members to make changes to the
Mindfulness course to make easier for people affected by stroke to follow. The new
course is called HEADS: UP. HEADS: UP stands for Helping Ease Anxiety and
Depression following Stroke. Now we are doing research to find out if HEADS: UP can help people affected by
stroke to learn how to be mindful.

If you have been affected by stroke, or you may be a family member or
friend of someone who has had a stroke and you have been thinking about taking part in the
research, then please consider this research.  HEADS: UP Online is an online course. Each weekly session lasts for 2½ hours.
This includes a 30-minute comfort break when you can ‘go offline’ or socialise with
other people taking part.

If you are interested in taking part in the research, and/or would like to find out more about the research, please contact the team:
Dr Maggie Lawrence, Professor of Stroke Prevention, Lead Researcher
Dr Bridget Davis, Project Manager
Ms Naomi Clark, Researcher
Phone: 0141 331 3421

The Research Council for Complementary Medicine

The Research Council for Complementary Medicine

The vision of RCCM is to promote research that will widen the availability of and access to safe and effective complementary medicine for patients within the National Health Service in the UK, to help prevent disease and improve patients’ health and quality of life.  For more information visit the site click here 

For a list of Complementary Treatments and their Professional bodies click here 


Homeopathy Research – Case for Homeopathy

Homeopathy Research – Case for Homeopathy

About homeopathy

Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine used by over 200 million people worldwide. It is safe, gentle and effective for a wide range of conditions.

Homeopathy is also cheap. In France, where it is widely available as a healthcare option, a government report showed that treating a patient using homeopathy cost 15% less than using mainstream medicine.

Homeopathy in Glasgow

 Glasgow has a long association with homeopathy. 1880 saw the opening of a dispensary providing free treatment to the city’s poor and the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital was established in 1914. Now located on the Gartnavel site, the hospital is part of The NHS Centre for Integrative Care. Homeopathy is available at the CIC via GP referral.

Homeopathy at the Centre for Integrative Care 

 At the Centre for Integrative Care our highly trained doctors and nurses use homeopathy alongside conventional medicine to provide patients with a choice of treatment options. This allows patients to support and manage their health and wellbeing and puts them firmly in control of their life.

For more information, patient stories and links to scientific research into the positive effects of homeopathy visit:

Homeopathy UK logo

Click Here

 For more about Homeopathy research evidence  visit the HRI website

Homeopathy Research Institute

All the research and activities of the Homeopathy Research Institute

For more information on the Homeopathy Research Institute click here


Covid-19 Research with Glasgow University

Covid-19 Research with Glasgow University

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Making our voices heard – the experiences of disabled people and COVID-19

Are you a disabled person?

We would like to talk to you about the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Glasgow and The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are conducting research about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives of disabled people in England and Scotland. We are concerned that the experiences of disabled people have not been heard. The information we get from the study will help us understand how the pandemic has affected disabled people’s lives. We will use this information to try and influence policy and practice in order to improve the lives of disabled people.

In Scotland, our research team are seeking to interview a range of disabled people with different experiences. We would ideally like to interview each person twice during the next few months so that we can understand how things change for you over time. We are seeking to interview:

  • People with physical, sensory, intellectual, or cognitive impairments.
  • Parents of disabled children and the children themselves, with parental permission.
  • Disabled adults under the age of 65 who use social care in community.
  • Disabled people over the age of 70.
  • People with mental health conditions or diagnoses.The first of the two interviews will include questions on:
  • The impact of COVID-19 on typical activities (e.g. work, shopping, lifestyle) and services (e.g. healthcare, social care).
  • The impact of COVID-19 on personal mental health and well-being.
  • Experiences of accessing healthcare for COVID-19, if relevant.
  • The impact of the Scottish Government’s response measures.
  • How responses to COVID-19 could be improved to enhance the lives of disabled people.We expect that each interview will last up to one hour. One of our researchers will interview each person, whilst maintaining COVID-19 social distancing, using a method that is accessible for each individual (e.g. telephone. zoom, skype or email). All interviews will be audio-recorded and transcribed. Everyone who takes part will remain anonymous, meaning your name and identifying information will not be shared with anyone outside the research team, and you will not be identified in anything that we publish. Taking part in the study will not influence any services that you receive. Everyone who takes part will be offered a small gift voucher to recognise their time.If you would like to discuss taking part in this research study, please contact in confidence:

    Professor Nick Watson, Centre for Disability Research, University of Glasgow.

    Telephone: 07739 136563



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