Articles

paul-mccarthy-accupuncturePaul McCarthy has wide experience in the various modalities of Western Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Classical Chinese Medicine. Paul has also been interviewed by a number of  journalists on various topics and has written a number of articles for the Irish Medical Times.

Below is a summary list of articles by Paul.

Interview with Paul McCarthy on the Role of Acupuncture in Pregnancy
Anne Bolger, Director of impregnantnowwhat.com, interviews Paul McCarthy Practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine on the role of Acupuncture for Birth, Pregnancy and Beyond.
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Specific Acupuncture Points Modulate Specific Brain Functions
Specific Acupuncture Points Modulate Specific Brain Functions: Evidence from Functional Neuro Imaging. Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing known to mankind. It is part of the traditional medicine of China, which also includes herbal medicine, exercise, massage and nutrition. Acupuncture developed through extensive observation and clinical testing over the last 4000 years as a system of medical theory and practice, which is different from, but no less valid than, Western medicine. It has its own consistent theoretical concepts, philosophy of health and disease, theory of disease aetiology, system of disease classification and coherent diagnostic and treatment framework.
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The Use of Clinical Trials as a Measurement of Efficacy in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Presented by Mr Paul McCarthy (Ireland) at the International Conference on Integration of Traditional Medicine (Complementary/Alternative) and Modern Medicine. Organised by WHO (World Health Organisation) and IOMS (Islamic Organisation for Medical Sciences) Under the Patronage of His Excellency Professor Atef Ebeid, Prime Minister of Egypt.
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How Safe is Chinese Medicine
Oriental Herbs — Western Drugs
Recognition and Prevention of Adverse Interactions
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Safety of Herbal vs Orthodox Drugs
Safety of herbal vs. orthodox drugs is one of the key issues under consideration by the Irish Medicines Board (IMB). The IMB have established an expert Scientific Committee on Herbal Medicine Products to evaluate and report on the safety of herbs. A number of herbs including Hpyericum perforatum (St John’s Worth), Ginkgo Biloba, Tribulus terrestris (Bai Ji Li), etc, as reported in the Irish Medical Times (Vol. 34. No18 April 2000), have been designated prescription only by the IMB and are now only available on prescription by a medical doctor. In a classic Catch-22 scenario, these valuable herbs do not have Irish product licenses and very few doctors have formal training in herbal medicine in Ireland so this ruling effectively amounts to a ban.
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