Holistic and complementary approaches to managing long term pain: Who might benefit?


Friday 25 May 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Pain Medicine Section


6 CPD Points

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about this event

When it comes to managing long term pain, patients can be disappointed by what conventional approaches can achieve. This meeting will offer insight into whether holistic and complementary approaches to managing pain, such as acupuncture, hypnosis or homeopathy, could be of help to them.


topics include: 

  • How acupuncture needles, infinite dilutions of substances or hypnosis may be more tolerable and more effective than mainstream approaches
  • The possible mechanisms of non-conventional therapies and the human interaction in their effectiveness
  • What conventional approaches to pain relief can learn from the effectiveness of non-mainstream therapies
  • How to advise patients who are interested in trying alternative therapies
  • How to ‘put the case forward' for funding for these non-conventional therapies when it comes to treating long term pain 



RSM member: £45 - £95
Non-member: £55 - £160



We would like to thank our exhibitor Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).


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8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am

Welcome and introduction

Dr Anthony Ordman, President, Pain Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

9.20 am

Chronic pain management in an NHS integrated medicine hospital

Dr Saul Berkovitz, Medical Consultant, The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

10.00 am

CNHC and the Royal Society for Public Health report on the contribution of complementary therapists as part of the wider public health workforce

Mrs Margaret Coats, Chief Executive and Registrar, Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

10.10 am

Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture

Dr Ke Song Xuan, Principal, Assante Academy of Chinese Medicine, London

10.30 am

A brief history of western medical acupuncture

Dr Selwyn Dexter, General Practitioner and Honorary Consultant Physician National Hospital Queen Square

10.40 am

Panel discussion

With questions from the floor

11.00 am

Tea and coffee break

11.25 am

Listening, connection and compassion: Role and rationale of yoga therapy in management of long-term conditions

Ms Vidhi Sadana, Consultant Yoga Therapist, Central Middlesex Hospital, London Northwest Hospital University

11.40 am

Clinical hypnosis and pain management

Dr Rumi Peynovska, Medical Director, London

11.55 am


Ms Margaret Kincade, Registered Homeopath, The Society of Homeopaths

12.10 pm


Ms Tracey Smith, Reflexology and Research Manager, Association of Reflexologists

12.20 pm

The evolution of osteopathic practice

Mr Matthew Rogers, Head of Professional Development and Osteopath, Institute of Osteopathy

12.35 pm

Panel discussion

With questions from the floor

1.00 pm


1.50 pm

Pain Medicine Section AGM

For Section members only

2.00 pm

Indian traditional medicines (Ayurveda) for pain: Understanding their mechanisms for developing new treatments

Professor Praveen Ananad, Professor of Clinical Neurology, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London

2.40 pm

Evidence for 'top down control' of inflammatory auto-immune mediated disease?

Dr C. Bernie Colaço, Consultant Rheumatologist, Central Middlesex Hospital Rheumatology Unit

3.20 pm

The importance of context and meaning in complementary and western medicine

Dr Jens Foell, GP, Rehabilitation Doctor, Medical Acupuncturist, Imperial College London

3.55 pm

how does psychodynamic theory understand complementary therapies, and those who chose to be treated by them?

Dr Nollaig Frost, Adjunct Professor, Applied Pschology, University College Cork, Ireland

4.35 pm

Panel discussion

With questions from the floor

5.00 pm

The Andrew Lawson prize essay presentation 2017/2018

Benjamin Bennett

5.30 pm

Close of meeting (drinks reception to be confirmed)

Online evaluation survey and certificate will be sent after the meeting.

register for this event

  • Online registration will close on Monday 21 May 2018
  • RSM member from £45 - £95
  • Non-member from £55 - £160


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organiser's details

For information on this event, contact Alison ChanTel: 02072903937 Email: pain@rsm.ac.uk arrow