Friday, 24 June 2016

Should the Royal Society of Medicine be doing this?

After many years membership, I have just withdrawn from the Royal Society of Medicine's section on 'Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine'.  The section is due to host a workshop at the RSM on ‘Emotional Freedom Techniques: Tapping into Health’. 
Emotional Freedom Techniques is a form of therapy based on the ancient Chinese philosophy of chi, the 'life force' that flows throughout the body. During treatment, patients focus their minds on a specific problem while tapping with their fingers on ‘end points of the body's energy meridians’. The theory on which the treatment is based is contradicted by science and there is no convincing evidence that its efficacy goes beyond that of placebo. 
Over a couple of years ago I attended a lecture at the RSM arranged by the same section on the topic of ‘Spirit release Therapy’ by a psychiatrist who believes in spirit possession.  See