Brits with Long Covid are being charged up £280 for ‘counselling’ classes which promise to ‘take away’ their signs, MailOnline can reveal.
The In the Clear clinics, which provide another remedy referred to as the Boulderstone Technique, function out of Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Earl’s Court and Birchwood.
The ‘Boulderstone Technique’ — invented by a math teacher-cum-alternative healer — claims to attract on ‘historical information’ to unblock ‘internal rigidity’ which stops the circulate of the physique’s vitality.
Apart from Long Covid, the clinics additionally declare to have the ability to beat allergic reactions.
They do that by holding the shoppers head as they recline on a remedy sofa. Then the client repeatedly touches a glass vial containing the allergen till they change into ‘at peace’ with it.
The In The Clear Clinics, which provide another remedy referred to as the Boulderstone Technique which they declare might help deal with Britons with Long Covid
A poster on the In the Clear clinic at Brighton even mentioned frequent Long Covid signs like fatigue, lack of style and odor, and mind fog might be ‘eliminated’ by the method
Experts and MPs slammed the clinic, accusing these behind it of utilizing the ‘language of charlatans’ and of making the most of individuals whose lives had been derailed by Long Covid.
Long Covid refers to signs brought on by the virus that persist lengthy after the preliminary sickness has cleared.
Disputed estimates recommend it impacts about two million individuals within the UK.
This contains about 600,000 Brits who’ve had Long Covid signs for greater than two years, in accordance with Government figures.
While the situation remains to be not nicely understood, generally reported signs embody struggling breathlessness, fatigue, muscle aches and mind fog.
There is not any recognized remedy for Long Covid and whereas the NHS does listing a number of methods to alleviate the dozen or so signs attributed to the situation, the Boulderstone Technique just isn’t amongst them.
On the clinic’s Long Covid part on-line, it claims that, by the Boulderstone Technique, ‘we train the physique to beat the legacy of Covid and different lingering diseases, restoring vitality and vitality in a single to 4, 30-minute, classes’.
And a poster put within the clinic’s Brighton location even guarantees to take away Long Covid signs like fatigue, lack of style and odor and mind fog
The clinics additionally characteristic a affected person testimonial from ‘Jane’, who says ‘I’ve been nice, rather well, sleeping very nicely and consuming quite a bit higher. My sinuses are clear,’ following remedy.
Prices for a 30 minute session on the clinic are listed as costing £70.
Professor Edzard Ernst, a world-renowned knowledgeable in complementary medication on the University of Exeter, informed this web site there was no proof Boulderstone Technique works for Long Covid, or for the rest.
‘The Boulderstone method is meant to be counselling with out phrases,’ he mentioned. ‘It is unproven and, in my opinion, not based mostly on believable assumptions.
‘Terms like “very important vitality” are nonsensical phrases utilized by charlatans; they need to make our alarm bells ring.
‘There is not any good proof the Boulderstone method helps sufferers affected by lengthy Covid’.
Lib Dem MP and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus Layla Moran referred to as for a crackdown on unscientific clinics making the most of Brits affected by Long Covid.
The clinic’s basic web site options photos of minimalist and soothing rooms with a therapeutic massage desk. Practitioners of the Boulderstone Technique additionally declare to have the ability to ‘take away’ allergic reactions by holding a affected person’s head as they work together with the allergen contained in a glass vial
The Boulderstone Technique was invested by John Boulderstone, a former math trainer. Here is pictured with Katherine Boulderstone (picture taken from Instagram)
‘The Government ought to be cracking down on these unscientific clinics making the most of individuals whose lives have been derailed by Long Covid, but it surely’s the Government’s lack of help for Long Covid analysis driving individuals to hunt these different remedies,’ she mentioned.
‘Millions of individuals within the UK have been affected by this debilitating situation–the Government should urgently enhance funding for Long Covid diagnostic and remedy pathways.’
The Boulderstone Technique was invented by British math trainer John Boulderstone, who’s a part of the In The Clear group and listed because the director of the Bouldertsone Technique firm, about 27 years in the past.
Other practitioners listed on the clinic’s web site, embody a dancer, a former nursing pupil, and an artist.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK’s promoting regulator mentioned it couldn’t touch upon particular person instances.
However, they added that advertisements for any sort of remedy, be it different, spiritual, or emotional therapeutic mustn’t make claims about what they’ll deal with with out ‘sturdy documentary proof within the type of medical trials’.
A ASA spokesperson mentioned: ‘Ads for therapies mustn’t declare they’ll deal with Covid or lengthy COVID until they’ve sturdy proof to justify their assertions.’
MailOnline contacted the Boulderstone Technique clinic for proof on its Long Covid remedies and the considerations of consultants.
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