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by Bernadette Ward - Thursday, 29 September 2011, 04:16 PM
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Its good to see our graduates doing well. Simon Cairns, now settled in the US is currently leading and conducting a pilot study on the treatment of drug addiction. This article describes his study and discusses his support and study participants. We all wish him well with his study and look forward to seeing his results.

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20110929/ARTICLES/110929670/1088/sports?p=2&tc=pg&tc=ar
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by Bernadette Ward - Sunday, 11 September 2011, 07:29 PM
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September in London, almost an Indian summer, warm sun, far too nice to be indoors listening to lecturers from around the world, speaking of nano technology and explanations for acupuncture treatments.  Between lectures and meetings, I joined the global conference tourists and sat on the grass in front of Westminister Abbey.  What a place, and only in London could you find a little "caf" in a side street off the main tourist areas.

I was not a tourist in London last weekend, but was attending the WFCMS global conference along with 800 other delegates from 30 countries across the world.

Great conversations with UK, Australian, Canadian, Russian, European and Chinese delegates, and the main topic of conversation, nano technology, who knew ?  We may just yet actually explain the efficiacy of acupuncture treatments.

The business went on though, between the outings to Westminster green. Global standards, a global examination of proficiency, communication improvements, networking, peer support.  The world of Chinese medicine is alive and well and it seems to be getting smaller.

As one of the early activists I was elected a Vice President of the WFCMS Supervisory Board. Some work done, more to do....Nice to get a little gender inclusion of the female variety.   BW

[ Modified: Tuesday, 13 September 2011, 05:37 AM ]
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by Bernadette Ward - Saturday, 27 August 2011, 10:22 AM
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Acupuncture and Chinese medicine practitioners have become a global community of highly trained health professionals.  Technology allows the sharing of knowledge and peer support from all corners of the world.  All of us are using our knowledge and skills to offer what treatment and support we can to our patients. We continue to strive to improve our knowledge of treatment protocols and outcomes so it is really inspiring to see evidence of effective studies being published in peer reviewed journals. These studies continue in a badly funded CAM (Complementary and Alternative medicine) sector.

The following link is just one example of a pilot study conducted in Miami documenting the effective treatment of depression with acupuncture.

http://nsevhealing.com/acupuncture-the-extraordinary-vessels-in-the-treatment-of-depression/

Lets keep the work going so our patients can benefit and we can expand our knowledge as practitioners.   

Visit us on Facebook to make contact with some of our global friends.

Acupuncture Ireland.  http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=650674108

BW

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by Bernadette Ward - Thursday, 11 August 2011, 08:16 AM
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Acupuncture practitioners already know that one of the most effective treatments in their clinic is the treatment of lower back pain, but its good to see the evidence as well. 

This is a link to a recent US study with a good study sample, more than 600 patients.

 http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2009/nccam-11.htm

In 2009 the NHS in the UK commissioned a multi centre study on the treatment of non specific back pain, and depression.  Outcomes were successful and showed positive effect.  NICE the UK body responsible for underwriting treatment and medication funding subsequently included 2 programmes of acupuncture treatment for the treatment of non specific lower back pain.

Two Acupuncture Foundation graduates took part in this multi centre study.

BW

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by Bernadette Ward - Wednesday, 10 August 2011, 07:49 AM
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This is a link to a recent UK study on the efficiacy of acupuncture in treating unexplained symptoms.

http://www.jcm.co.uk/research-archive/article/acupuncture-helps-with-medically-unexplained-symptoms-1788/

The Chinese medicine practitioner using a TCM assessment can explain the symptoms in TCM terms, can address the problem and provide effective treatments.

We need more studies like this.

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by Bernadette Ward - Tuesday, 9 August 2011, 08:01 AM
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Not just a pump then....

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/11023208/ns/today-today_health/t/does-your-heart-sense-your-emotional-state/

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by Bernadette Ward - Thursday, 7 July 2011, 10:09 AM
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Clinical research in China showed that Electro acupuncture stimulates spinal cord repair. This is the link to the trial protocols and results, published in a US journal.

http://www.healthcmi.com/index.php/acupuncturist-news-online/405-electroacupuncturerepairspinalcord-injuryresearch



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by Bernadette Ward - Friday, 20 May 2011, 09:06 AM
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Sometimes I feel that acupuncture is not given many chances to show its true effect, so it’s really good to see positive reports of good and effective use.  http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=62053

As acupuncture and Chinese medicine becomes more in demand by a discerning public, who judge their continued treatments by results, according to a study I carried out in Middlesex University UK, 2009, our detractors remain. 

This silent and not so silent category of people who go to great lengths to prevent recognition of TCM and other effective CAM (Complementary and Alternative Therapies) as valid healthcare therapies.  Many of them will not make public statements which could be debated, but whisper in backrooms, attempting to influence government policy on CAM therapies.

We should not be surprised, I suppose as this happened in Canada, pre regulation, when a range of healthcare professionals, all stakeholders in the broad range of healthcare provision, strongly resisted any registration of CAM professionals.  Attempts to block or limit registration, recognition or improvement of professional status were made and according to a qualitative study carried out using stakeholder’s interviews, they were very clear about their objectives, to prevent recognition of CAM therapies.

We see this happening now in the UK where there is continued backroom stakeholder resistance to the inclusion of CAM in the HPC (Health Professionals Council). 

Another example of this is the draconian implementation of the EU Herbal directive when herbal products which have been safely used in the EU for the past 25 or 30 years are removed from the market, with no realistic pathway to registration of effective and safe classical multi herb formula.

There is of course a valid debate that products used in healthcare should be assessed, licensed or registered but to use the manufactured pharmaceutical single element testing model on botanical multi herb formula is using a large mallet to crack a modest nut.

Happily there continues to be resistance to the implementation of the directive in its present form, which may yet meet the one million signatures the Lisbon Treaty lists as a citizen’s right to challenge EU legislation. A legal challenge is also in the pipeline.

We seem to have forgotten here that Ireland and China (One of our biggest trading partners) signed a memorandum of understanding, which I was invited to attend in 2005 on various aspects of education and healthcare.

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) was included in this morandum.   Maybe government officials should dust this out and have another look at what was promised to further develop Irish/Sino relations.

Rant over for now.........have a nice day J BW

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by Bernadette Ward - Tuesday, 19 April 2011, 03:26 PM
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I have just returned from a global Chinese Medicine conference in Kunming, Hunan Province, China. The purpose of the conference was to continue to discuss and put into practice the standards of training and practice of Chinese medicine globally.

Delegates, representing institutions and groups from countries such as Australia, Malaysia, US, Russia, Brazil, Singapore, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, the UK and last but never least Ireland. as we are anything but silent, and make our views known.

China, the home of Chinese medicine hosted and facilitated the conference. The conference was a follow up of shared communication over months and much early work had been done "off site" in preparation for the conference.

It was good to catch up with colleagues from around the world all experiencing much the same issues with regulation and standards.

It is inspiring for those of us still struggling with reluctant government departments on issues of registration and public safety and standards of learning to see that Australia are about to go federal with their acupuncture registration structures through an allied health professionals legal governance.

Italy too, under Berlusconi, who despite his busy public and private life has found time to initiate a regulation structure for acupuncture, to be announced shortly.

Kunming is a beautiful city in a province of 28 minority peoples. We took a little time out from all of the talking and networking to take in some of the local culture. BW
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by Bernadette Ward - Friday, 18 February 2011, 09:28 AM
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The Health Professions Council (HPC) has now been asked to establish a statutory register for practitioners supplying unlicensed herbal medicines. The proposal is, following creation of this register, to make use of a derogation in European medicines legislation (Article 5 (1) of Directive 2001/83/EC) that allows national arrangements to permit those designated as “authorised healthcare professionals” to commission unlicensed medicines to meet the special needs of their patients.

Accordingly, a scheme would be created enabling registered practitioners to commission unlicensed herbal medicines to meet the special needs of their individual patients. Safeguards for the public would be provided by a combination of professional regulation and linked medicines regulation, for example, to safeguard manufacturing standards.

If practitioner regulation is in place for the purposes of creating an Article 5(1) scheme this also opens the way to reform Section 12 (1) of the Medicines Act 1968. Under Section 12 (1), practitioners may prepare unlicensed herbal medicines on their own premises for use following consultation with individual patients. It is intended to move to the position that only registered practitioners would be able to operate under Section 12 (1) after regulation of practitioners is in place.

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