An alternative medicine association was formed

Updated: March 21, 2024 at 10:20 p.m

CAMBDA members Karen Simons, left, Deryn Higgins, Shanell Vaughn, Bianca Komanaky, Shirley Bridgewater and Kuni Frith (photo supplied)

After six years of preparation, a group of alternative medicine professionals has formed the Bermuda Complementary and Alternative Medicine Association.

The group’s mission is to support qualified professionals in the fields of complementary and alternative medicine, and citizens who seek treatment from these professionals.

To join CAMBDA, alternative medicine practitioners must complete an application and agree to a code of ethics and standard of practice.

The code of ethics asks members to be honest about qualifications, not to date clients until two years after ending service with them, and to avoid actions or language that could be perceived as sexual in nature, among other things.

A small group of individuals recognized the need to establish a regulatory body that would bring credibility and integrity to the field in 2018.

Member Deryn Higgins said: Many Bermudians have invested years of study with certifications, diplomas or degrees in a wide range of holistic health platforms. These experienced practitioners lacked the support of a regulatory body that could maintain ethics and standards of practice for those disciplines considered unconventional and without scientific evidence by allopathic medical associations.

The association currently has eight members. Some of the modalities represented are naturopathy, kinesiology, energy medicine (such as reiki and jin shin therapies), transpersonal psychotherapy, various types of hypnotherapy, holistic coaching, herbology, cupping therapy, types of acupuncture and Asian massage therapies.

Prospective clients can go to CAMBDA’s website to find accredited practitioners who perform particular therapies.

Ms. Higgins said the focus was always on achieving a standard of excellence that benefited the professional and the client.

The board reviewed standards of practice established by other jurisdictions that would allow the client to experience a wide range of CAMBDA modalities in a safe and professional environment, he said.

Examples were taken from established accreditation bodies in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and several countries in Europe to create a unique association in Bermuda.

He said globally the efficacy of CAMBDA could no longer be overlooked and labeled as pseudoscience and several world-renowned hospitals and clinics were now incorporating these disciplines into their healthcare practices.

Insurance companies in Bermuda have already accepted and offer coverage for therapies such as acupuncture, massage, chiropractic medicine and nutritional counseling as viable applications to reduce healthcare costs and as an adjunct therapy to medicine traditional performed by Allopat professionals, said Ms. Higgins.

He said Coral Isle Insurance had become a leader in complementary alternative medicine coverage.

Ms Higgins said it was very important to always be an active and involved participant in health decision-making.

We would like to invite the reader to explore our website and feel free to contact any of our members for further guidance and direction in choosing a CAMBDA professional, said Ms. Higgins.

We would like to invite CAMBDA professionals to review our website and seek guidance on how to become a member.

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