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Congreso Asociación Europea de Medicina Tradicional China ETCMA

29 mayo, 2019 - 31 mayo, 2019

Schedule of Events at the Hotel Eisenhut
29th May 2019 – Wednesday
13th European School Leaders Day (10:00-13:00 & 14:30 -18:00)
Program: Communication Skills
Speaker: Geraldine Harris
Moderator: Jasmine Uddin
Location: Hotel Eisenhut, Meeting Room -Taubertal
Registration: If you would like to attend, please register by sending an email to Georgette Young, at: before May 24th, 2019. There will be an entrance fee (60 €) and is payable in cash on the day of attendance. Receipt will be provided for the payment.
Please Note: that attendance at ETCMA events does not require a ticket for the main congress.
Topic: (Communication! We all do it. So, why do we have to learn it?)
Do you want your students to enjoy their life as a practitioner?
Do you want their patients to get better more quickly?
Do you want them to attract new patients through patient referral?
Do you want them not to be sued?
The literature shows that communication skills make a big positive difference in answering all of the questions above. Communication is a key clinical skill that is indivisible from the knowledge base we work with and our technical skills. It is not an add on, to pay passing attention to.
For those involved in curriculum planning this workshop explores:
Models for developing curriculum
Where communication skills teaching might fit within a teaching program.
What might be included in the syllabus
The minimum resources necessary for a successful program.
For those leading on teaching, this workshop will explore:
Who might deliver this teaching
The most appropriate teaching methods
The most appropriate assessment methods
Facilitator training and support
Skills for running small group workshops
Models for giving feedback to students
Reflective practice in relation to communication skills teaching and assessment
The whole of this workshop is interactive and will draw on your ideas and experience. The morning session will cover much of the theory of the bigger picture of curriculum development with examples from practice, it will also include a discussion of teaching methods and assessment. The afternoon session continues the discussion of teaching and facilitator training and will include a demonstration/workshop running a communication skills session, hopefully with willing learners from those attending.
29th May 2019 – Wednesday
6th WHO-Forum (9:00 – 12:30)
Program: WHO and the ICD-11
Speaker: Dr. Stephane Espinosa
Moderator: Giulia Boschi (IT)
Location: Hotel Eisenhut, Meeting Room – Winterbach
Registration: If you would like to attend, please register by sending an email to Georgette Young, at: before May 24th, 2019. There is no charge for this event.
Please Note: Attendance at ETCMA events does not require a ticket for the main congress.
Topic: ICD-11 Updates
Stéphane Espinosa from the Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine (TCI) unit of the World Health Organization (WHO) will present the key findings from the “WHO Global Report on Traditional & Complementary Medicine 2019”
Furthermore, he will provide an update on the latest developments regarding the inclusion of the Traditional Medicine Chapter Module 1 (TM1) into the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision (ICD-11).
The forum will provide an opportunity to discuss the WHO report findings and explore the use of the TM1 Chapter as a tool for counting Traditional Medicine conditions in a standardized and international comparable manner.
The forum will cover information and discussion on:
● WHO Global Report on Traditional & Complementary Medicine 2019
○ Trends of key indicators
○ World-map visualizations
● ICD-11
○ Update on ICD-11 implementation preparations,
○ Using the ICD-11 in Traditional Medicine – insights from clinical practice and research
29th May 2019 – Wednesday
Herbal Strategy Group (14:00 – 17:30)
Program: Herbal Strategy & Planning Meeting
Moderation: Michael McCarthy
Location: Hotel Eisenhut: The Guesthouse
Registration: To register for this event, please email Georgette Young at: There is no fee for this event. Observers are welcome.
Special Note: Attendance at ETCMA events does not require a ticket for the main congress.
Topic: ETCMA Herbal Strategy & Planning Meeting Agenda
1. Welcome
2. Attendance & Apologies
3. Current status of Herbal Medicine in Europe
a. EU Regulation – THMPD—OTC manufactured products
b. Communited Raw Herbs
c. Recognition of Herbal/Plant medicines
d. Recognition of Professional Practice of Clinical Herbal Medicine
e. Problem of Different Jurisdictions
f. Self Regulation for the immediate future
4. Presentation: International standardization of the quality and safety of Chinese raw herbal materials and finished pharmaceutical products. Dr. Thomas Friedemann.
5. Questions:
● How can Continuing Product supply/Access to our Medicines be best protected? ● What are the Avenues of Access to EU Herbal/THMPD Lobby. ● How can ETCMA best be an influence in EU at Herbal product level? ● Can we institute recognition for Professionally trained Herbal Practitioners in line with ETCMA Minimum Training requirements? ● What are the current Herbal Regulations/Practice requirements in each country? ● How can ETCMA be an organisation for all of the differing jurisdictions and their product and training needs? ● Can we devise a Promotion/Branding model for Chinese Herbal Medicine ● Can we learn from the US categorisation of Botanicals ?
6. Any other Business
7. Next Meeting/s
29th May 2019 – Wednesday
8th Meeting for Scientific and Cultural Exchange (SCEM) (14 -17:30 h)
ETCMA Program Event: Scientific and TCM political presentations from Europe and Asia.
Moderation: Johannes Bernot (EC member of AGTCM, D)
Location: Reichsstadthalle, Kleiner Saal
Registration: If you would like to attend please confirm your attendance by sending an email to by May, 20th, 2019
Please Note: Please note that attendance at the ETCMA events does not require a ticket for the main congress. This is a free event.
30th May 2019 – Thursday
5th TCM Goes Political (15:00 – 18:00)
Program: “Pseudoscience and Faith Healing: The Threat of Totalitarian Scientism in Europe?”
Speakers: Gerd Ohmstede, Johanna Beimans, Ton Nicolai, Ramon M Calduch, Mel Hopper Koppelman, Yves Giarmon, Ludmilla Bendova, and Giulia Boschi.
Moderation: Gerd Ohmstede (President, ETCMA), Giulia Boschi (Advocacy Committee ETCMA).
Location: Hotel Eisenhut, Meeting Room – Winterbach
Registration: If you would like to attend, please confirm your reservation by sending an email to Georgette Young, our secretary at: before May 24th, 2019.
**There will be an entrance fee of 30 euros and will be payable in cash on the day of attendance. A receipt will be provided for the payment.
Please NOTE: Attendance to the ETCMA Events does not require a ticket for the main congress.
Gerd Ohmstede (DE) & Johanna Beimans (NL)
Ton Nicolai (NL)
Spokesperson: “Putting Complementary and Alternative Medicine on the European Union Agenda: The Role Of EUROCAM”
Ramon M Calduch (Spain)
“TCM in Spain: The Strategy of the FTN Against the Government’s Attempt to Prohibit Them.”
Mel Hopper Koppelman (USA) Via Skype
“Science and the Evolution of Consciousness: A Framework for Understanding Differing Perspectives and Communicating with Greater Skill”
Coffee Break
Yves Giarmon (France)
The Situation of Practitioners in France and their Actions in Favor of a Professional Regulation
Ludmilla Bendova (Czech Republic)
“A Legal TCM RollerCoaster in Czechia”
Giulia Boschi (Italy)
Closing Remarks: “How Does the Anti-CAM Strategy Work”
All Speakers
Open Questions & Answers
Ton Nicolai: Putting Complementary and Alternative Medicine on the European Union agenda: the role of EUROCAM
EUROCAM is raising its profile and achieving a significant political presence in Brussels. This way EUROCAM seeks to influence the decision making of the European authorities with the final aim to achieve the integration of CAM into European healthcare systems.
EUROCAM’s activities include meetings at the European Parliament, with European Commission officials, and participation in a network with leading Civil Society Organisations.
Other means to influence the decision makers are the publication of position papers on specific needs of the CAM sector and on CAM’s benefits for EU public health policies, as well as responses to Commission consultations on various health policies. The use of social media helps to raise the visibility of EUROCAM and CAM in general.
EUROCAM has also connections with the World Health Organisation and seeks to bring WHO’s global view on the integration of Traditional & Complementary Medicine into healthcare systems to the EU authorities. Continued, active collaboration and strong commitment of EUROCAM’s affiliated organisations and their delegates, as well as substantial financial support are needed to support EUROCAM’s activities and to ensure EUROCAM can achieve its aims.
Ramón María Calduch: TCM in Spain: The Strategy of the FTN Against the Government’s Attempt to Prohibit Them.
In recent years we have seen information appeared in Spain, more and more assiduously, accusing natural therapies of being unnecessary and even dangerous. In the last months of 2018, this information and statements became an aggressive campaign to discredit natural medicine and natural therapies, as well as the non-health and health professionals who practice them.
This unprecedented campaign, which aims to solve supposed health protection needs of citizens that have never been accredited, is inexplicably orchestrated from the government by the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, and belittles those patients who have opted for natural therapies for years under prescription, recommendation and professional observance.
Today in Spain, the Natural Therapies Foundation represents the voice and the claim of these patients and professionals. The Government’s claim to eradicate natural therapies from our health options and to persecute doctors and therapists who use them has been rejected by tens of thousands of citizens who have been clearly opposed to the ministerial claims.
During the last few months, the current President of the Government and the Ministries of Health and Science have been contacted and requested on multiple occasions by citizens, public entities, associations of non-health professionals, associations of doctors, associations of patients, etc., national and international, in order to seek healthy debate and constructive conversation.
So far it has not been possible to obtain any response from the government or the Ministries of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare and of Science, Technology and Universities.
Faced with this situation of helplessness, on the part of the government, the Natural Therapies Foundation was born with the aim of rising with a single voice, representing and defending the #PatientFree and become the spokesman and referent of natural therapies and professionals who practice them.
The Natural Therapies Foundation is a non-profit and apolitical organization, which was born to defend the inalienable right of citizens to access natural medicine and natural therapies, as well as all current professionals, health and non-health, who advocate for a broader vision of health.
The Natural Therapies Foundation brings together natural therapy training schools, professional associations of natural therapies and natural medicine, associations of users of natural health methods and laboratories and manufacturers of natural products and medicines. Currently it represents more than 90% of the natural health sector in Spain.
Currently the entity has 6 Observatories or technical bodies (Osteopathy, Acupuncture and TCM, Phytotherapy, Food Supplements and Supplements, Homeopathy, Naturopathy and Manual and Natural Techniques), each specializing in a natural therapy, whose objectives are:
1. To offer citizens a reference framework contrasted by experts in the sector.
2. Accredit scientific evidence.
3. Position itself to represent each therapy for an effective regulation.
4. To compile the best international practices for the regulation of natural therapies.
As for the actions to be carried out in the short term by the Natural Therapies Foundation:
a) Proposal for regulation of natural therapies, the professionals who practice them and training
(b) Legal actions:
Submission of a complaint to the General State Prosecutor’s Office (Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office) and Request for access to the files of the Spanish network of agencies evaluating health technologies and services of the NHS, of the Ministry of Health.
c) Defence of patients’ rights. #PatientFree
Within the context originated by the Spanish Government of censorship of the knowledge and use of natural therapies, which nullifies the rights and freedoms of the patient, the Natural Therapies Foundation created and launched in January 2019 the #PacienteLibre initiative. The declaration was presented in 8 requests from 3 to 15 January, during which more than 60,000 signatures were collected.
d) Vigilance, criticism and proposal to the health programmes of the Spanish political parties with a view to the general elections of 28 April 2019 and the municipal, autonomous and European elections of 26 May 2019.
Mel Hopper Koppermann: Science and the Evolution of Consciousness: A framework for understanding differing perspectives and communicating with greater skill
Given the overwhelming evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness for a variety of conditions and its vastly superior safety profile compared to many conventional treatments, it can be difficult to understand the perspectives of those in conventional medicine who criticize the practice of acupuncture as unscientific. Sometimes it seems like the ‘bad guys’ are out to get us!
In this talk, we will explore a helpful map of the evolution of human perspectives, values and meanings and how intelligent, well-meaning people can feel so differently about the same topic, in this case, the scientific validity of treatments such as acupuncture. This model will make important distinctions so that we can be strategic when communicating with different people and organizations. Using these tools, you will be able to maximize effectiveness with minimal effort in promoting health through a better understanding of acupuncture’s considerable evidence base.
Dr. Ludmilla Bendova: A Legal TCM Rollercoaster in Czechia
Presently, only medical doctors may legally practice acupuncture. Since most Czech TCM practitioners are not medical doctors, they have worked quietly under a massage license or a health consultant license. This situation is changing, however, and a roller coaster ride began a few years ago.
In 2015, two Chinese western medical doctors, with little knowledge of TCM, in cooperation with a Charles University hospital in Hradec Kralové started a TCM hospital. The Czech Chamber of Doctors filed lawsuits against this facility, ending with rulings that Chinese doctors cannot practice medicine in Czech hospitals. The clinic failed after two years.
Despite this negative spotlight on TCM, and thanks to years of the Czech TCM community promoting Asian medicine, the possibility of positive changes for TCM practitioners appeared on the horizon. In 2017, both chambers of the Czech Parliament passed an amendment to the Non-doctor Medical Professions Act, which included two non-doctor medical professions into the health system: a therapist of TCM and a specialist of TCM with specific professional conditions and health educational requirements.
Unfortunately, with political changes in the Czech government in 2018, this amendment was revoked. In hopes of reversing this decision, Dr. Bendová and Dr. Josef Lucký, the director of the TCM Institute, met with a representative of the Minister of Health in November 2018. Documentation was presented which included the recognition of TCM as medicine in many countries and the results of a 19-year sociological study in which 80-90 percent of Czechs praised TCM and had experienced positive health outcomes, when western medicine had failed them. But this information fell on deaf ears.
Legislation that is now being prepared recognizes TCM as part of a healing system, not a part of medicine, and relegates it to the status of faith healers, with no educational requirements.
The present legal status of Chinese medicine in the Czech Republic is extremely unclear.
Giulia Boschi
The anti-CAM strategy seems to be articulated in five steps:
Step 1- «homologate»
Step 2- «denature and validate»
Step 3- «divide et impera» (divide and rule)
Step 4 “reduce and limit”
Step 5 “forbid”
30th May 2019 – Thursday
ETCMA RECEPTION (18.30-20:30)
Program: Let’s Get to Know One Another. Please join us for an evening of socializing!
Location: Hotel Eisenhut, Meeting Room – Winterbach
Special Note: * By Invitation Only. More information to be announced.
31st May 2019 – Friday
10th Tri-Continental Meeting (9:30 – 12:30)
Moderation: John Scott (US), Johanna Biemans (NL), Gerd Ohmstede (D)
Location: Hotel Eisenhut, Meeting Room – Winterbach
Registration: If you would like to attend, please confirm your reservation by sending an email to Georgette Young, our secretary at: before May 24th, 2019.
There is no fee for this event. Observers are welcome upon request!
Please NOTE: Attendance to the ETCMA Events does not require a ticket for the main congress.
Topic: This year we celebrate the 10th Tri Continental Meeting. Representatives from around the world come together to stand strong with a unified strategy to face common challenges of TCM
The first Tri-Continental Meeting was initiated in 2014 by John Scott (USA) and Gerd Ohmstede (ETCMA) in Houston. The second meeting was held in 2015 at the TCM Kongress in Rothenburg. Consecutive meetings continued to be held during important Congresses once or twice a year all over the world. Representatives from US-CA-NZ-AUS-EU meet and discuss important international challenges. For example, some topics such as how to influence policy makers, how to coordinate research activities, follow-up on WHO strategies and try to establish uniformity in PR messages are on the agenda.
31st May 2019 – Friday
5th TCM Journalist Meeting in the 50th TCM Kongress Rothenburg 2019 (2:30 to 5:30 pm.)
Program: The 5th TCM Journalist Meeting aims to bring together colleagues in the fields of journalism and news production, research and information, facilitating a multidisciplinary discussion on common topics in order to share experiences, challenges and successes.
Moderator: Ricardo Teixeira
Location: To be announced.
Registration: If you want to participate, please send an e-mail to making reference to the TCM Journalism Meeting, and state your first and last name, and also country.
Topic: The importance of all news related to CAM and in particular to the TCM that occur in the world, are of extreme importance nowadays for TCM practitioners and associations.
A few topics were are going to be addressed in the meeting are:
● Who is our target group?
● What kind of articles are they expecting? Research, opinion articles, TCM miscellaneous…!?
● How can we use news as an efficient lobby tool?
● How to create a networking of contact inside and outside of TCM media publications?
● What kind of cooperation should we have between TCM journalists?
● How to engage our associations members to help in the production and advertising of the publication?
● What kind of TCM events will you be covering?
● … and many others that you all can bring to the table to be discussed.
We hope this meeting could inspire and connect TCM journalism communities.
31st May 2019 – Friday
7th Meeting of TCM Congress Chairpersons (14:00 – 17:00)
Moderation: Assaf Mor (IL), Elad Itzhakov (IL)
Location: Hotel Eisenhut, Meeting Room – Winterbach
Registration: If you are interested, please contact:


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