Scientific Program

Day 1 :

Keynote Forum

Tian-Jun Wang

Shulan College of Chinese Medicine, UK

Keynote: Chinese acupuncture combined with antidepressant for depression patients: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial

Time : 11:30-11:55


Tian-Jun Wang graduated from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (NJUCM) in 1989. He completed his PhD at NJUCM, studying and researching Acupuncture in the treatment for depression. He joined the University of East London, UK as a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Acupuncture in 2007 until Dec 2014. He was the Acupuncture Course Director and Senior Lecturer at College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM). Currently, he is the Master’s and PhD Course Director and Professor at Shulan College of Chinese Medicine. He is a Visiting Professor of NJUCM. He owns his TJ Acupuncture Clinic in London, UK. He has published 20 papers in reputed journals.




Objective: To assess the effectiveness of acupuncture combined with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for patients with depression in hospital using a pragmatic randomised controlled trial.

Methods: 76 patients with depression were randomly divided into two groups with randomisation ratio, 2:1 for treatment and control groups (CGs), respectively and 71 patients completed the study. 45 patients in the treatment group (TG) underwent acupuncture and received an SSRI and 26 patients in the CG received an SSRI only. The 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS-17) was used to quantitatively assess patients after 1, 2, 4 and 6 weeks of treatment.

Results: The mean (SD) baseline total HDRS scores were 22.2 (0.60) and 22.1 (0.33) in the TG and CG, respectively. After the first week of treatment the HDRS score for the TG was reduced to 15.6 (0.81), significantly different from the score of 18.3 (0.55) for the CG, p<0.05. This significant difference was maintained to the end of the 6-week treatment period, when HDRS scores had fallen to 6.3 (0.49) and 8.2 (0.35) for the TG and CG, respectively.

Conclusions: Acupuncture combined with an SSRI showed a statistically significant benefit for patients with depression in hospital over the 6-week period compared with SSRIs alone. This reduction in symptoms started in the first week and continued throughout the 6 weeks of treatment.


Keynote Forum

Xandria Williams

CanSurvive Education Centre, UK

Keynote: Application of the metabolic approach to cancer

Time : 11:55-12:20


Xandria Williams. PhD, MSc, DIC, ARCS, ND, DBM, gained degrees in Chemistry from Imperial College, London, and Otago University, New Zealand. She studied Biochemistry and did a full Naturopathic Diploma in Australia. She has been Head of the Nutrition and Biochemistry Departments in, and lectured extensively at, several Naturopathic, Nutritional, Chiropractic and Osteopathic Colleges, both in Australia and England. She is the Director of the CanSurvive Education Centre (CSEC) and runs a one-year Advanced Cancer Care Course for practitioners and advanced students wishing to specialize in cancer support. She backs this up with tutoring and lecture sessions for students and practitioners looking for mentoring support. Her published works include over 400 articles and 22 books. For nearly 20 years her research focus has been on the scientific basis for the metabolic approaches to cancer prevention and care. Her recent books include ‘‘Vital Signs for Cancer’’, “Cancer Concerns’’, ‘‘Detecting Cancer’’ and ‘‘Liver Detox Plan’’.



The somatic mutation theory of cancer has been the foundation of the unstructured medical approach to cancer for the last century or more. However, with this application being the go-to in terms of cancer treatment, the incidence of cancer has continued to increase. According to the World Health Organisation, the number of new cases is expected to rise to about 70% over the next two decades. The metabolic theory of cancer, a biochemical based approach, initiated nearly a century ago by Nobel Prize-winning Biochemist Dr. Otto Warburg.  It is gradually but steadily becoming increasingly accepted, by biochemists, alternative practitioners and many forward-thinking doctors. This approach has been used successfully for many years and is based on a thorough understanding of the way in which the cancer process starts, progresses, and can be reversed. This personalised approach is based on determining the correct diet and lifestyle considerations appropriate for the unique metabolic needs of each client, thus restoring homeostasis and promoting health. There are tests available that further help to guide our protocols. Our CA1 panel can detect developing cancer many years before there is a detectable tumour, and at a time when recovery is relatively simple, and based on restoring homoeostasis rather than any drastic antic-cancer protocol. It can also be used to monitor progress. Our CA2 panel provides information as to the characteristics of the individual’s specific cancer and behaviours. These results enable us to further plan and monitor an appropriate program. The programs protocols that evolve are safe, non-toxic, effective and personalised for each client and their unique metabolic needs.



Day 2 :

Keynote Forum

LuLu H Shimek

Epione Clinic For Integrated Healing, USA

Keynote: Fibromyalgia - the connection to trauma

Time : 09:55-10:20


LuLu H Shimek is a Naturopathic Physician practicing in Asheville, North Carolina, United States. She graduated from the world renowned, Bastyr University with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. She works with patients suffering with chronic disease and specializes in autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and chronic pain. She runs an integrative clinic, Epione Clinic for Integrative Healing, where the focus is in working with patients suffering from physical, emotional and spiritual trauma. She writes for the magazine, WNC Woman, every month as well as is featured on the local TV station, WLOS, providing health tips for the community.



Fibromyalgia patients suffer from long term and widespread pain. In naturopathic medicine, the use of natural therapies and counseling for deep seated trauma has shown great relief in many patients. Natural recommendations for therapies as well as alternative modalities that have shown great success with patients and potential for further healing will be discussed. Treatment protocols will also be given and explained for physicians to use in their own practice. The root cause of fibromyalgia, which is the relationship with physical and emotional trauma, will be examined and why addressing the trauma is of the utmost importance for treatment. Several case presentations will be given on patients suffering from fibromyalgia and the treatments used during their healing process.



Keynote Forum

Mohanlal Ghosh

Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya, India

Keynote: Importance of conservation of medicinal and Aromatic plants for health benefits and rural development

Time : 11:00-11:25


Mohanlal Ghosh is a MSc (Gold medalist), PhD Ex-Associate Professor and Head, Department of Botany, Itachuna, Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya, Hooghly, West Bengal, India. Currently he has been serving as Guest Faculty in the college and in the PG Department of Botany, Hooghly Mohsin College. He is also engaged as a member of different academic bodies in colleges and in national and international research organizations. He has visited Austria, Germany, Thailand, South Africa, Italy, China, USA, Australia, Bulgaria, Singapore and Turkey as a Research Scientist. He is a Recipient of E.O.A.I. Award and Life-Time Achievement Award as a Distinguished Scientist in medicinal plants; published more than fifty research papers in national and international journals and proceedings and attended many national and international conferences in India and abroad as a speaker, invited lecturer and chairpersonHe has specialization in Physiology and Biochemistry of medicinal and aromatic plants.


According to WHO, medicinal plants constitute the principal health care for more than 80% of total population. India exhibits wide range of topography and climate which has bearing on its vegetation and floristic composition. India having one mega biodiversity centre and two ‘Hot spots’ with nearly 3500 species are of medicinal values. The world will be benefitted from their conservation and proper utilization. The Eastern part of India (West Bengal) comprising plains and hills is gifted with enormous wealth of medicinal and aromatic plants due to its varied ecological conditions. In order to survey and conservation of priceless natural resources of medicinal and aromatic plants for their sustainable use and their commercial exploitation as nontraditional cash crops for the welfare of rural people of Bengal, the present authors have attempted to explore the medicinal plants flora in south and north Bengal having different agroecological conditions. Present studies clearly revealed that various medicinal and aromatic plants in south Bengal are widely used by the local people for curing their various diseases, which are again depleting day to day due to biotic and abiotic factors. Eight species of medicinal and aromatic plants in south Bengal and six anti-diabetic species (proved by clinical trials) in North Bengal have been identified as target plants. Conservation studies with specific agronomic inputs have been done successfully with the target species of South Bengal and North Bengal for ex-situ conservation. Cost benefit ratio clearly revealed commercial feasibilities with the target species of Gymnema sylvestre, Swertia chirata and Catharanthus roseus in north Bengal and Cymbopogon flexuosus and Cymbopogon martini in South Bengal utilizing waste land and uplifting rural economy.




Alison Fixsen is a part time Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Westminster (UoW) and an experienced Healthcare Practitioner. She holds a Doctorate degree in Professional Studies (personal and professional education). Her academic background includes Medical and Social Sciences. She is Researcher and Education Consultant for the Society of Homeopaths, and author of many journal and conference papers including on Antibiotic Resistance.


Upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) is a common illness, especially in children. It comprises a variety of symptoms including sore throat, cough and coryza, fever and ear pain and accounts for a substantial proportion of consultations with family doctors. According to NICE guideline on self-limiting respiratory tract infections, around 60% of antibiotics prescribed in primary care are for respiratory tract infection. In the light of a mounting antimicrobial resistance (AMR) crisis the UN, WHO, the EU Commission and NICE UK all emphasize the need for alternative approaches to antibiotic use. Homeopathy differs from standard treatment in many ways, but the objectives of reducing symptom severity, including pain and distress and accelerating recovery are the same as in conventional medicine. A growing body of evidenced-based research suggests that homeopathy can be used to prevent and treat upper respiratory tract infections and acute complications such as acute otitis media (ear infections). For this presentation, I consider whether the evidence for homeopathy is sufficiently robust for homeopathy to be seriously considered as an alternative to antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) and their complications and secondly, how might this homeopathic intervention take place, for example through widespread use of homeopathic compounds.










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