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Acupuncture 'can ease fear of dentists'

People who are terrified of the dentist could be helped by acupuncture, research published today suggests.

Clean break: 'How my habit went up in smoke'

For more than half her life, Charlotte Philby has been devoted to cigarettes, even after watching her father die of lung cancer. Then a friend persuaded her to see a hypnotherapist – and something extraordinary happened

Herbalism: Kill or cure?

Line after line of colourful cardboard boxes hug the edges of a stack of shelves. Sitting inside a herbal remedy store in west London, the containers' evocative images of plants, bark and berries are emblematic of the natural world's healing properties.

Hypnotist plans to put Facebookers in trance

A modern hypnotist is planning to put a world record number of people in a trance tonight using the internet.

Silenced, the writer who dared to say chiropractice is bogus

Support grows for author facing crippling libel action for attack on spinal treatment

NHS pins its hopes for treating back pain on acupuncture

Unprecedented approval for alternative therapies from health service watchdog

Fawcett reassures fans: 'I'm holding on'

Actress tells her fans she is suffering from a minor blood clot

Science proves acupuncture is sound medicine

Acupuncture works – but it does so thanks to orthodox scientific principles and not because of the centuries-old Chinese philosophy on which it is based, a leading acupuncturist has said – on the day the British medical establishment adopted the technique.

Alternative medicine professions 'need statutory regulation'

Acupuncturists, Chinese medicine practitioners and medical herbalists should be formally regulated to ensure they are "fit to practise", the Health Professions Council (HPC) told the Government today.

Dr Feelgood: Indian massage - worth the dosha

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Dylan Jones: I have been having a lot of acupuncture

If you ask me: 'I'm used to lying in small dark rooms as men and women work their magic'

Love And Other Demons, Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novella, upon which this work is based, certainly suggests opera: a total eclipse of the sun, a rabid dog, a girl named Sierva Maria de Todos los Angeles, a priest whose compassion turns to forbidden love, a monstrous exorcism. The "demons" of the title are prejudice and intolerance. Love dies, innocence dies in a climate of suspicion and mistrust.

My story: "I felt suicidal but I didn't tell a lot of people"

Depression is affecting more and more students and at the time it can feel like you’re all alone but you’re not; many people are going through similar feelings. Chris had really bad depression and sometimes even felt suicidal, read his story here…

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