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The chair of the British Acupuncture Council’s Governing Board will be one of a group of international speakers at a global conference being hosted by UNESCO in Paris next month.

Phil Rose-Neil will address more than 1,000 delegates from up to 70 countries at the inaugural World Acupuncture Day conference on Thursday 15 November 2018.

The event will bring together leading medical and health professionals and researchers to exchange knowledge, skills and practices in acupuncture.

Vice-president of the World Acupuncture Day Organization (WADO), Gerd Ohmstede, said: ‘Globally, there are more than 1,000 scientific studies a year on the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese medicine but many people are not aware of them.

5th September 2018

An acupuncturist from Oxfordshire who specialises in delivering acupuncture to teenagers is one of a host of international speakers who will speak at the British Acupuncture Council’s annual conference.

Rebecca Avern will talk about how acupuncture can ease the symptoms of anxiety and depression in teenagers.

Rebecca, who works as a senior lecturer at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, is the author of a major new text book: “Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers”, which emphasises the internal causes of disease in children and treating the child as well as the illness.

5th September 2018

Key findings from a research project into the feasibility of teaching cancer patients to self-administer moxibustion daily whilst undergoing chemotherapy will be presented at the British Acupuncture Council’s annual conference later this month.

Beverley de Valois is among a host of international speakers who will gather in Coventry later this month the conference, entitled Gate of Life, which will take place at the Double Tree Hilton in Coventry from 21-23 September 2018. It is the largest conference of acupuncture and oriental medicine in the UK.

Ms de Valois, a research acupuncturist at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood, Middlesex, said: “Moxa is an easy and pleasant treatment that has been used for centuries to improve health. Moxa is a dried form of the mugwort herb. A part of traditional Chinese acupuncture practice, moxa uses heat to stimulate specific spots on the body known as acupuncture points. The heat is generated by a smouldering herb that is compressed into a cigar shape, making it easy to apply.

5th September 2018

A cardiologist from the Netherlands who combines acupuncture with traditional medicine is among a host of international speakers who will gather in Coventry later this month for the British Acupuncture Council’s annual conference.

Dr Fokke Jonkman will talk about new paradigms in cardiology and will present a series of case studies demonstrating how he incorporates acupuncture into his work at the cardiology hospital he runs in the Netherlands, Cardiologie Heelsum.

In particular, he will focus on how acupuncture can be used as part of an integrated approach in patients with treatment-resistant atrial fibrillation (AF). He will discuss the particular mechanisms of action of acupuncture and the value of this integrated approach.

In 2013, following the publication of a research paper in the BMJ, Dr Jonkman called for additional clinical research to further determine the mechanism of action of acupuncture and establish its place in the integrative treatment of AF.

GPs and other clinicians should consider prescribing acupuncture to treat chronic pain in order to reduce death rates from opioid addiction, according to the British Acupuncture Council.

Head of research, Mark Bovey, was responding to calls by the Scottish Government’s lead clinician, Professor Blair Smith, for more ‘rational prescribing’ of opioids.

Research by Professor Smith has revealed that prescriptions for ‘strong’ opioids in Scotland, including fentanyl, morphine and oxycodone more than doubled between 2003 and 2012 to more than 1 million a year. The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland rose to a record 934 in 2017.

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