Acupuncture and auricular cryotherapy for chronic headache in a patient with type III von Willebrand disease
2nd Interdisciplinary Acupuncture Symposium, focused on well-being, IASY 2014, Athens - Preliminary Program online
Date: 13th-14th September 2014
Venue: Athens, Greece
6th International Medical Acupuncture Congress of Barcelona - Call for Papers
Could acupuncture reduce secondary osteoporosis in patients with spinal cord injury?
ICMART Congress 2014 Istanbul - Final Programme online
A Life Devoted to Medical Acupuncture – Gerhard Bachmann Award for Dr. Walburg Maric-Oehler MD, General Secretary of ICMART
Please read the expression of appreciation for Walburg Maric-Oehler by Jochen Gleditsch
Please read the press release from German Medical Acupuncture Association / DAEGfA, a tribute to the many contributions of Dr. Walburg Maric-Oehler
Successful treatment of phantom limb pain and phantom limb sensation in the traumatic amputee using scalp acupuncture
Plasma nesfatin-1 level in obese patients after acupuncture: a randomised controlled trial
Switzerland: Status of medical complementary medicine no longer in doubt
Status of medical complementary medicine no longer in doubt
Dakomed and the UNION welcome the proposal from the Swiss Federal Department of Home Internal Affairs (FDHA) on the final inclusion of medical complementary medicine in the OKP [compulsory healthcare insurance] as a result of its equal status with other disciplines. Definitive payment through the basic insurance is long overdue. Dakomed and the UNION would now like to see a speedy implementation of the changes announced to the KLV [Healthcare Benefits Ordinance] and the KVV [Health Insurance Ordinance]. We expect all the parties concerned to lend their positive support to the process.
Five years ago, on 17 May 2009, a two-thirds majority of eligible voters approved the constitutional Article 118a to include medical complementary medicine in the Swiss healthcare system. Recent sur- veys have also clearly shown that complementary medicine is supported and desired by a majority of the population. One of the central demands is that the four medical disciplines of anthroposophically extended medicine, classic homeopathy, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) should be paid for through the basic health insurance if these disciplines are provided by medical pro- fessionals who have received appropriate additional training. (This does not affect services rendered by non-medical therapists. The costs of these services will continue to be met through the corre- sponding supplementary insurances.)
The evaluation of all the evidence developed over the past 13 years allows us to conclude that the effectiveness, appropriateness and cost-effectiveness of medical complementary medicine has today proven to be comparable with that of conventional medicine. The quality assurance is guaranteed by the high standards demanded of the specialist education and training: the full state exam, a minimum five-year specialist medical residency as well as additional training in at least one of the four comple- mentary medical disciplines are a prerequisite for the certificates of competence recognised by the FMH. There are consequently no further obstacles to medical complementary medicine finally being included in the OKP.
Media release from the Dachverband Komplementärmedizin (Dakomed) and the Union of Associations of Swiss Physicians for Complementary Medicine (UNION) dated 2 May 2014
In its Manifesto, EUROCAM calls on candidate MEPs for the new European Parliament to support CAM
Meeting of the European Parliament Interest Groups. 1st April 2014, Euopean Parliament, Brussels
Reducing the need for antibiotics - CAM Interest Group meeting 1 April 2014
hosted by Ms Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (Finland) and Mr Alojz Peterle MEP (Slovenia), European Parliament, Brussels
Presentations and documents available for downloading (source: www.cam-europe.eu):
Ms Herta Adam, Deputy Head of Unit SANCO 3 - Health threats
Introduction: The role of CAM in reducing antimicrobial resistance
Dr Ton Nicolai, EUROCAM spokesman/coordinator
Herbal medicine – its role in combating antimicrobial resistance
Mr Michael McIntyre, Visiting Professor, Middlesex University, London, Chair European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioner Association, UK
Integrative approach in anthroposophic hospitals
Dr Thomas Breitkreuz, President Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA), Senior Consultant at the Paracelsus Hospital, Unterlengenhardt, Germany
Homeopathy as an alternative to antibiotics
Professor Dr Michael Frass, Professor of Medicine, Senior Intensivist, Department of Internal Medicine I, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Herbal medicine as an alternative to antibiotics in animal husbandry
Professor Dr Johanna Fink-Gremmels, veterinarian, chair in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS), Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Homeopathy as an alternative to antibiotics in animal husbandry
Ms Liesbeth Ellinger, veterinarian, researcher, Past-President International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy (IAVH), the Netherlands.
Call for Abstracts: Young Scientists Symposium ICMART 2014
Young Scientists' Symposium ICMART 2014
The Young Scientist Symposium is an event organized for young researchers by the International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques ICMART since Vienna 2013. The Young Investigator Symposium encourages and recognizes young scientific investigators of promise, upon whom progress in the field of acupuncture and related techniques is dependent. Interested candidates should submit an abstract summarizing any problem that relates to acupuncture techniques and their use whether it is in etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, or therapy of symptoms or diseases.
The deadline for submissions is April 28th 2014 - submit your science today.
Eligibility: Physicians, scientists, medical students and other healthcare providers currently in residency or fellowship programs, or are no more than three years out of training.
Framework: The symposium will be hold orally in an additional session being part of the program at the ICMART 2014 Congress, June 6th to 8th in Istanbul, Turkey (http://icmart2014.com/). Time for presentation is 10 minutes with 3 minutes additional time for discussion. All abstracts will compete for the 3B Awards (granted by 3B Scientific GmbH, Hamburg, Germany).
More details see: Young Scientists Symposium ICMART 2014.pdf
Electroacupuncture at ST36 rescues mice from sepsis via adrenal dopamine
ICMART welcomes three new member societies
During the ICMART Congress 2013 in Vienna three new members of ICMART have been accepted and welcomed during the Extraordinary General Assembly:
- SMS Societas Medicinae Sinensis
International Society for Chinese Medicine, Germany
- ÖGKA Austrian Society for Controlled Acupuncture and TCM, Austria
- Acupuncture Association / Acupuncture Derneği, Turkey
Acupuncture Charter Vienna 2013 announced - ICMART congress 2013 in Vienna
Acupuncture Charter, Vienna 2013
On the 30th anniversary of the founding of ICMART, the Acupuncture Charter of Berlin 2001 is
Acupuncture has been practiced as a part of traditional East Asian medicine for over 2000 years, and encompasses a wealth of empirical experience. Interest in the practice grew tremendously in the West over the latter half of the 20th Century, and to an even greater degree in the last 30 years.
The growth in medical acupuncture took place as a result of its perceived efficacy in acute and chronic pain, as well as in functional and reversible organic disorders. High quality evidence now exists to support its clinical use for a wide range of problems based on randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews, although there is still considerable debate over the interpretation of results of sham controlled trials. Basic scientific research has determined many of the neurophysiological and neuropharmacological mechanisms by which acupuncture works.
Medical acupuncturists make a conventional medical diagnosis prior to treatment and only use acupuncture when indicated. Patient safety is of paramount importance.
The full integration and regulation of medical acupuncture has not followed as rapidly as has the growth in public interest and pragmatic use of the technique. Acupuncture education and research has, for the most part, taken place outside the conventional medical teaching centres, and thus it has often been ignored, or encountered strong resistance.
The development of medical acupuncture has not progressed at the same rate in all countries. The degrees of integration of acupuncture, medical and traditional, within national healthcare provision have differed widely.
The participants of this ICMART congress in Vienna, 30th November to 1st December 2013, strongly commit themselves to the following:
1. Setting up unified international quality standards of medical acupuncture in education, practice and research according to the principles of contemporary medicine:
- to optimise the effects of acupuncture and the safety for patients
- to follow evidence based medicine (EBM) in its broadest definition
- for application in all appropriate medical specialties
- to integrate acupuncture into modern medicine and health care.
2. Strengthening relationships between national medical acupuncture societies in Europe and throughout the world
3. Further collaboration with the World Health Organisation
4. Extending national co-operation with:
- University Medical Schools
- Institutions of healthcare
- Health funding organizations
- Research funding organisations in healthcare
- Other medical organisations of acupuncture
- Patient organisations
Vienna, 30th November 2013
Interdisciplinary Acupuncture Symposium successfully completed on June 2013 in Athens, Greece.
Athens, September 11, 2013.
We are delighted to announce the successful completion of the Interdisciplinary Acupuncture Symposium, hosted by the Scientific Association for Medical Acupuncture (SAMAG), in the city of Athens Greece, on June 2013.
Indeed we believe that the purpose of the symposium to join and combine advanced scientific data and methods from various disciplines and medical specialties in a quest to improve and further refine our understanding of acupuncture science was brilliantly met!
Acclaimed scientists from around the world, some of them representing great academic establishments, such as Stanford -USA, York –UK, Guangzhou-China, Kyunghee- Korea, Koc-Turkey and Kapodistrian- Greece, attended the symposium and surely provided exceptional presentations of their studies in defense of their diverse intellect. Different scientific approaches offered an outstanding nonetheless modern perception and supplemented each other in a manner that laid the foundations on solid grounds for future explorations.
Attending the I.A.SY 2013 was truly a rewarding and revolutionary experience for the scientific community, in short, a great leap forward for all health practitioners, that strive to achieve a higher level of comprehension of acupuncture science.
The Organising Committee
ICMART Lexicon of Medical Acupuncture now online!
Reminder: AAMA celebrates 25 Years of Medical Acupuncture with Annual Symposium
May 2-5, 2013
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace
The American Association of Medical Acupuncture is celebrating their 25th annual symposium and is pleased to present a symposium designed to meet an expressed need to explore the mechanisms of acupuncture from several different perspectives, and to examine current scientific research in the field of medical acupuncture. This meeting addresses topics suggested by practitioners and stresses many different approaches for addressing practical clinical problems. An emphasis on evidence-based scientific research is integrated with practical protocols for the serious clinician. Surveys and evaluations from previous symposia indicate that there is a desire for more information about acupuncture techniques that honor the rich history of Asian medicine as applied to the contemporary, Western medical practice.
The various approaches and styles reviewed will include: Auricular Medicine, Five Element Acupuncture, Energetics Integration, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Neuroanatomical Acupuncture, Palpation -based Acupuncture, QiGong massage, Medical Acupuncture Zang Fu Healing, Tuina, and Manual Medicine techniques to enhance acupuncture outcomes.
This conference will offer a multi-tiered approach for the understanding and clinical relevance of acupuncture in daily practice. It will expand our awareness of scientific research into the effects of acupuncture, and provide participants with information about different approaches for the treatment of common conditions seen in clinical practice. Clinicians will learn multi-faceted ways to tailor acupuncture treatments for their individual patients. This conference will focus on clinically relevant treatment approaches that can easily be integrated into clinical practice.
More details: www.medicalacupuncture.org
NAAV, Netherlands Acupuncture Association, celebrated 40years anniversary
20th April 2013
The Acupuncture Association of The Netherlands - NAAV - celebrated with an Anniversary Congress 40 years in The Hague. The programme included national and international speakers. ICMART was represented by its general secretary Dr. W. Maric-Oehler (MD), who congratulated one of the oldest member societies of ICMART for succesful 40 years of Medical Acupuncture in The Netherlands.
Acupuncture in Patients With Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis - A Randomized Trial
CAM Research Highlight - successful CAMbrella Final Conference
28-29 November 2012, Brussels
The first health policy CAM Event – a successful pioneering project CAM Conference and CAM Exhibition ‘Complementary and Alternative Medicine – Innovation and Added Value for European Healthcare‘
9th October 2012, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
The CAM Conference in Brussels, as a European pioneer project, is dedicated to the current great debate ‘Quo vadis Europa?’ with all related topics and especially its positive aspects. The future of Europe is at least also dependent on how fit and healthy Europeans are. Public Health for European citizens is an important issue in Brussels. In this context CAM Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the European level is becoming increasingly important.
ICMART International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques (founded 1983), the global umbrella association of medical acupuncture societies, has contributed for years and has set many important inputs.
Acupuncture another option when facing depression
Last week, I had an interesting discussion with several friends. The topic was “depression.” The questions asked were do antidepressants really work, what are the alternatives to prescription medications and do they work as well as medications. Depression has become so widespread that antidepressants are now the most commonly prescribed class of medication in the U.S. Over the past 20 years, the percent of Americans taking antidepressants doubled. Currently, 1 in 10 Americans is taking one or more antidepressants.
Depression is believed to be the result of chemical imbalances in the brain, especially low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Depression is commonly divided into three subdivisions: mild, moderate and severe. Recent published medical research has demonstrated that prescription antidepressants work best for those who have severe depression but for mild to moderate depression, antidepressants do not seem to be any more effective than a “sugar pill” or placebo. That does not mean that antidepressants are not effective, but it does suggest that there are many factors that contribute to depression, not just changes in brain neurotransmitters. For many, antidepressant medications may not be the best option.
A recent study in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry suggests that acupuncture, as a stand-alone therapy, may be quite effective for mild to moderate depression. This particular study was a compilation of several different studies looking at the effectiveness of acupuncture at relieving the symptoms of mild to moderate depression. These studies looked at many different kinds of acupuncture including traditional acupuncture with needles, electro-acupuncture as well as laser acupuncture.
It also included a wide segment of the population from very young to very old. Putting all these studies together they found that acupuncture is at least as effective as antidepressant medications and when used in conjunction with antidepressants, acupuncture may also reduce many of the medication side effects.
How acupuncture works is a topic of much conjecture. From a Western medicine perspective, acupuncture can increase the levels of a number of different neurotransmitters and, theoretically, changes in neurotransmitter levels influence the length and duration of a depressive episode.
According to traditional Chinese medicine however, depression may be the result of a “dysregulation” of the seven emotions — joy, anger, worry, contemplation, grief, fear and shock. If acupuncture is able to reestablish a balance among these emotions, the symptoms of depression are relieved. Either way, the current medical literature suggests that acupuncture is an effective therapy for mild to moderate depression.
Although the medical research is compelling, the weight of medical research on acupuncture and depression is not conclusive. However, medical research has also demonstrated that other simple approaches such as relaxing exercise, stress reduction, meditation and yoga can be beneficial in mild to moderate depression.
An ancient Chinese curse is “May you live in interesting times.” These certainly are interesting times and it is not surprising that mild to moderate depression is increasingly seen in many medical practices (including mine). It is good to have effective alternatives to more medication.
ICMART Congress 2015
Date: 8th-10th May 2015
Venue: Padma Resort Leguan, Bali, Indonesia