The 22nd ARRC Symposium

Terje Alræk

Terje Alræk

Acupuncture in sham device controlled trials may not be as effective as acupuncture in the real world

 

Terje Alræk has been a clinical acupuncturist for more than 35 years. He trained as an acupuncturist at The International College of Oriental Medicine, England, 1979-82, and in Chinese herbal medicine in Oslo 1997-98. In 1994 he became involved in research in acupuncture and defended in 2004 his thesis "Acupuncture in the prevention of recurrent uncomplicated lower urinary tract infection in adult women" at the Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen, Norway. Alræk was the first acupuncturist in Norway who received a PhD in Health Service Research/Acupuncture. The Norway-China Cooperation in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is coordinated by NAFKAM, at The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø). Terje Alræk is the project manager and a Senior Researcher there. He is also a professor at School of Health Sciences, Kristiania University College (Oslo).

His major research interest has been in women's health issues such as e.g. recurrent cystitis, postmenopausal hot flashes and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). His research is also related to Pattern Identification as found in TCM and other traditional East Asian medicine. He is involved in an extensive research network internationally. He has also given lectures at a large number of national and international conferences, especially on TCM acupuncture. Recently he, as the PI, received funding from Pink Ribbon/The Norwegian Cancer Association to do a RCT on acupuncture's potential effectiveness on chronic fatigue in breast cancer survivors.  He has published several peer review articles (52).

 
 
John Hughes

John Hughes

‘I’m not too bad with needles’: evaluating self-acupuncture as a self-care intervention

 

Dr John Hughes is the Director of Research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine and Associate Professor at the University of West London. He is also the Co-Chair of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine, and works closely with the World Health Organisation on the subject of traditional medicine.

John leads an interdisciplinary programme of mixed methods research centred on patients’ experiences of chronic illness and the alleviation of symptoms using integrated medicine and self-management techniques. The programme of research has received over one million pounds in funding, and includes awards from the National Institute for Health Research and World Health Organisation. The research has been disseminated in over 50 peer reviewed academic publications.

 
 
Jonquil Westwood Pinto

Jonquil Westwood Pinto

Do traditional acupuncturists support healthy lifestyle changes within their treatments? How do they enable these changes? Highlights from a systematic synthesis of qualitative and quantitative research.

 

Jonquil is a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner with a background in psychology. She co-founded Arc Integrated Health in London in 2006 and ran a private clinic focusing on women’s health and fertility at Hammersmith Hospital. She now practises in Hove and is completing her PhD research at Southampton University with a team of health psychologists and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) experts. Her research is looking at lifestyle and health behaviour change in traditional acupuncture. She has published academic articles on acupuncture and CAM in relation to lifestyle change and clinical communication, and writes articles in this area for popular health magazines. She assists in teaching research methods at Southampton University and at the Northern College of Acupuncture MSc programme, and is an editor for the BAcC Acu magazine.

Jonquil’s interest in Chinese health traditions began when she joined a tai-chi class while studying at Sussex University over 20 years ago. She believes healthy lifestyle practices are fundamental to traditional Chinese medicine, in which patients are encouraged to participate in their health through diet, exercise, moderation, practices to calm the mind and to connect to the natural world.

 
 
Catrina Davy

Catrina Davy

‘I’m not too bad with needles’: evaluating self-acupuncture as a self-care intervention

 

Catrina Davy is a traditionally trained acupuncturist. She has practiced acupuncture at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine for over ten years. She specialises in the treatment of chronic pain, using acupuncture, and teaches self-acupuncture to help people to self-manage their pain.

Catrina has a Masters in pain management and Bachelor of Science degrees in both acupuncture and therapy radiography. She works part time as the cancer information lead for University College London Hospitals having worked previously as a therapy radiographer for 14 years.

 
 
Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe

Piloting ACU-Track: a new electronic Patient Reported Outcome Measures (ePROMs) tracking solution for acupuncture and Traditional East Asian Medicine

 

Nick holds an MSc in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Research and has been practising acupuncture and tuina in Oxfordshire since 2012. Nick has been awarded a Junior Research Scholarship from the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR). Nick’s primary research interest lies in studying patient outcomes in real-world clinical settings. This interest led Nick to co-found ACU-Track, an innovative new research initiative, designed to collect and analyse real-world clinical outcomes for Acupuncture and Traditional East Asian Medicine

 
 
Spod Dutton

Spod Dutton

Piloting ACU-Track: a new electronic Patient Reported Outcome Measures (ePROMs) tracking solution for acupuncture and Traditional East Asian Medicine

 

After spending nearly 30 years working with data and web applications in the marketing industry, Spod had a change of landscape and trained in acupuncture.  He trained at The Acupuncture Academy in Leamington Spa where he qualified with a first-class honour’s.  Spod’s experience and interest in working with data and applications led him to co-found ACU-Track, an innovative new research initiative, designed to collect and analyse real-world clinical outcomes for Acupuncture and Traditional East Asian Medicine.

 
 
Sandro Graca

Sandro Graca

Acupuncture for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: new insights from research into specialist TCM clinical practice 

 

Sandro is a lecturer and a researcher, Fellow of the ABORM, and one of the Directors at Evidence Based Acupuncture. Originally from Portugal, Sandro obtained his Licentiate in TCM at the Irish College of TCM in Dublin, followed by a four-week program on acupuncture and moxibustion at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. He completed his MSc in Advanced Oriental Medicine (Research and Practice) at the Northern College of Acupuncture, focusing on acupuncture for polycystic ovary syndrome. His research interest in acupuncture for PCOS led him to apply for a PhD, which he is currently working on. Sandro is a lecturer on the online MSc program at the NCA in York and is one of the researchers on the Cochrane Review Group for acupuncture for assisted reproductive technology.

 
 
Michael Popplewell

Michael Popplewell

Potential research directions in TCM and the TCMDD

 

Bachelor of Applied Science (Acupuncture)-Acupuncture Colleges (Australia) in affiliation with the University of Technology, Sydney, 1995. Master of Electrical Engineering (Research)-University of Sydney, 2006; Designed, built and validated an automated computer controlled device to measure the impedance of the whole meridian system.

Doctor of Philosophy (Science) University of Technology, Sydney, 2016. Reviewed diagnostic reliability in Chinese medicine, conducted and reported on three TCM diagnostic reliability studies and made recommendations including a re-organisation of the format that a TCM diagnosis is written.

 
 
David Mayor

David Mayor

Beyond Heart rate variability: a study of transcutaneous electroacupuncture

 

From 1978 until 2020, when he retired abruptly because of the covid pandemic, David Mayor was active as a professional health practitioner, using primarily acupuncture but also other treatment modalities in his work. He has been actively involved in acupuncture research since 1996, is the editor of several textbooks (two of them published by Elsevier), and has written numerous papers on acupuncture research. He has a degree in mathematics and fine art from the University of Cambridge, and several doctoral dissertations have been written about his work in the arts in the early 1970s. For some years he has been a visiting Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, and since 2001 an Honorary Member of the UK Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. During the covid lockdowns he designed and helped develop CEPS, a software toolbox for the analysis of Complexity and Entropy in Physiological Signals (with a paper recently submitted to the journal Entropy). He has been investigating HRV responses to acupuncture since 2011, and hopes to be able to continue his research activities until he drops.   

 
 
Emma van Loock

Emma van Loock

The therapeutic encounter between being-in-pain and receiving acupuncture: A phenomenological perspective

 

Emma Van Loock qualified as an acupuncturist in 2011 and has a particular interest in understanding and treating persistent pain. She joined the Northern College of Acupuncture online masters programme in 2015, achieving a distinction for her research dissertation in which she explored the phenomenological encounter between being-in-pain and receiving acupuncture.  Her research has recently been published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine.

 
 
Yair Maimon

Yair Maimon

Innovative Personalised Chinese Medicine in cancer

 

Yair Maimon is an internationally renowned figure in the field of Integrative and Chinese Medicine with over 30 years of clinical, academic, and research experience in the United States, Europe, and Israel. Dr.Maimon integrates complementary and western medicine in his own unique way. He combines a vast background of TCM styles with a wide clinical and teaching experience. His teaching is clear and inspiring.

He led an integrative research centre in one of leading Hospitals in Israel. He has developed a special insight in diagnosis and treatment of variety of psychological, autoimmune disorders and cancer, which is coming from a deep understanding of the application of Chinese medicine to ease suffering and promote healing. He had published several outstanding research articles relating to acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Dr. Maimon is devoted to treating patients and easing human suffering. He is inspired from a deep understanding of Chinese medicine. He has a profound insight into the understanding of pain and healing.

 

 
 
Deirdre Murphy

Deirdre Murphy

The Role of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in Cystic Fibrosis: A Review and Analysis of the Literature

 

Acupuncturist and herbalist specialising in classical Chinese medicine approaches. Chairperson Emeritus of the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association in Ireland.

 
 
Steve Woodley

Steve Woodley

Mitochondrial Function as a Potential Tool for Assessing Function, Quality and Adulteration in Medicinal Herbal Teas

 

Steve Woodley has practised Acupuncture and Chinese medicine at a private clinic since 2011. His interest in traditional medicines began whilst practising martial arts in his teens then later studying anthropology for his first degree.

Steve hopes that his current doctoral research at the University of Westminster into mitochondrial function will present an opportunity to reveal new insights into the ancient Chinese practices of longevity.

 
 
Steve Birch

Steve Birch

Heart and shen – lessons from a comparative study

 

Stephen Birch has practiced Japanese acupuncture since 1982, currently in Amsterdam, Holland. He has been involved in research since the late 1980s, publishing a number of scientific papers including one specifically on the lecture topic. He is a member of the international Pattern Identification Network Group (iPING), helping author a number of papers related to diagnosis in traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM). He has also (co)-authored eight books covering the history and nature of acupuncture, diagnostic and treatment methods for adults and children. He teaches around Europe, in Israel and occasionally in Australasia and South America. He is one of the most senior teaches of Toyohari Meridian Therapy outside Japan.

 
 
Beverley de Valois

Beverley de Valois

17 years from research to practice? Acu/moxa in the management of lymphoedema

 

Beverley is a Researcher in Integrative Medicine in the Supportive Oncology Research Team (SORT) at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, where for 20 years her focus was on investigating using acupuncture in the supportive care of people living with and beyond cancer.  Her PhD thesis investigated using acupuncture to manage tamoxifen-related hot flushes in women with early breast cancer and she has conducted pioneering research into using acupuncture in the management of cancer and non-cancer related lymphoedema. She also investigated teaching chemotherapy patients in the NHS to self-administer moxibustion to improve outcomes, funded by the British Acupuncture Council.  A licensed acupuncturist since 1999, she practises privately at her clinic Acupuncture and ScarWork in Uxbridge, Middlesex.  She is a Fellow of the British Acupuncture Council, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, and held the post of Chair of the British Lymphology Society (BLS) Scientific Committee from 2017-2020.