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 covered: 

  • 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 from £45 - £95
Non-member from £55 - £160


We would like to thank our exhibitor Complimentary 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

9.05 am

The pain clinic in profile: Why consider complementary therapies

Dr Anthony Ordman, Pain Management Consultant, The Royal Free Hospital

9.30 am

The view from the Royal London Hospital for integrated medicine

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

10.00 am

What does complementary provide, that western medicine does not?

Speaker to be confirmed

10.30 am


Mr Jozeph Zafarty, Homeopath

10.45 am


Speaker to be confirmed

11.00 am


Speaker to be confirmed

11.15 am

Hypnotherapy, complementary therapy or psychotherapy?

Speaker to be confirmed

12.30 pm

The mind and body interface; internal symbolisms at play?

Dr Julian Stern, Consultant Psychiatrist, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

1.50 pm

Pain Medicine Section AGM

For Section members only

2.00 pm

The placebo effect: Measurable brain changes?

Speaker to be confirmed

2.30 pm

The mode of action of complementary therapies: The view from Southampton University

Speaker to be confirmed

3.00 pm

Traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese acupuncture

Professor Song Ke, Founder and Principal, Asante Academy of Chinese Medicine

3.30 pm

Western medical acupuncture

Dr Mike Cummings, Director, British Medical Acupuncture Society

4.00 pm

Debate: East vs West

Professor Song Ke and Dr Mike Cummings

4.30 pm

Panel discussion

Speaker panel and colleagues from the floor

5.00 pm

Presentation: The Andrew Lawson prize

5.20 pm

Close of meeting

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  • Online registration will close on Monday 21 May 2018
  • RSM member from £45 - £95
  • Non-member from £55 - £160
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Pain Medicine Section: Andrew Lawson prize

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organiser's details

For information on this event, contact Daisy GeorgeTel: 02072902982 Email: pain@rsm.ac.uk arrow