It was a text for the course in CAM that I took. It does need to be taken with more then a grain of salt and does clearly reside in the camp of CAMs. But it is a good start off point in at least understanding what the therapies are and giving you a start. I just listed it because I have read and used it. The two more serious, and better researched, texts are the ones I can't find at the moment. No, I am not trying to imply that all nursing professionals agree, merely that many of the effects have been well documented and are in text books. We both know that despite any amount of evidence there are people who will ignore new research because its just not the way they were taught. I am not calling older nurses hidebound per se, but let's face it- there are a lot of older women out there doing some shoddy work. And I don't know that UK and USA nursing courses are exactly similar. I can't figure out your system for the life of me. I do know that non Baccalaureate prepared nurses rarely go into the research here in the US. And I am saying that allowing the treatments to continue reduces stress, promotes healing and increases sensitivity to pain medication. Therefore, it is good nursing practice to allow them.