Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine safe for children? How do you choose a Chiropractor, TCM doctor or other practitioner In Singapore? Read on for tips on preparing for a visit to a CAM practitioner.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is any practice that has the healing effects of medicine, but is not based on Western medical scientific philosophies.
It’s been around for thousands of years, especially in Asian countries (such as Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM and Ayurveda) and is now becoming more popular in other countries too.
People are increasingly turning to Complementary and alternative medicind because it’s thought to be much less invasive than Western medicine.
Is complementary and alternative medicine safe for children?
CAM is popularly used by adults. But some experts argue that it is not entirely appropriate for children, mainly because there is no scientific research that supports how it is beneficial in pediatrics.
Still, you are your child’s parent, it really is up to you to decide if CAM is best for your child. If you do here are some tips on how you can find an appropriate CAM practitioner in Singapore for your child.
Complementary and alternative medicine in Singapore
Singapore has plenty of CAM practitioners, the most popular without a doubt being Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners.
While it is simple to find any TCM practitioner just by asking your neighbour, mother or grandmother, it is probably a better idea to first check if the TCM practitioner of your choice is registered with the Ministry of Health (MOH). Ideally, they should be registered. It is also a good idea to check if the practitioner you choose treats children and babies.
Where can I find more details about TCM practitioners?
For more information, go to www.tcmpb.gov.sg where you can search for a registered and qualified TCM practitioner of your choice.
What about if I need to find a chiropractor in Singapore?
Our story on the chiropractor in Australia who allegedly injured a baby’s neck may have had you worried. But if you go to a professionally trained chiropractor, you shouldn’t have cause to worry. In Singapore, chiropractors are not registered with the MOH. But The Chiropractic Association (Singapore), or TCA(S) tries to maintain the highest standards possible for the profession in Singapore.
Accordingly, TCA(S) has worked with experts of self-regulation for chiropractors in Singapore. They have developed a Self-Regulation document that sets down a code of ethics and guidelines in line with international standards. So if you need to find a chiropractor, go to http://chiropractic.org.sg/ where you can search for one who suits your needs.