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Global Health Histories Seminar 142: Complementary and Alternative Medicines in the "Biomedical World"

Thursday 6 February 2020, 12.00PM

Speaker(s): Hugh MacPherson (University of York), Vivienne Lo (University College, London), Aditi Bana (WHO, Geneva)

The use of complementary and alternative medicines, like acupuncture and chiropractic treatment, is growing rapidly. However, there are still many obstacles to their integration into standard health services. How do cultural differences, prejudices, and the history of medicine play a role in these practices and their acceptance? And how do we draw the line between what works, and what doesn't? Professor MacPherson will address questions related to the efficacy and effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic pain, and present recent data on the extent that acupuncture outperforms a placebo. Dr Lo, using historical examples from China will suggest that there is much more to be learned from traditional medicine on its own terms.

This will be live-streamed and you can follow it here

Location: K/133 Lecture Theatre, King's Manor