SATURDAY October 8
7:00pm Biofield Physiology: An East/West Integration of Health and Healing with Richard Hammerschlag
SUNDAY October 9
8:30am Registration Open
9:00am Opening and Welcome
9:10am Acupuncture for Pain Management - Updated Evidence with Lixing Lao
10:00am Acupuncture for Pain and Nausea in the ICU: A Feasibility Study in a Public Safety Net Hospital with Colin Feeney
10:50am Break
11:00am Panel: Integrative and Comparative Effectiveness Research in Clinical Acupuncture and Chinese Medicinal Dietary with Jennifer Stone, Evelyn Ho, Richard Hammerschlag, moderated by Jun Wang
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Mechanisms of Action for Acupuncture in the Oncology Setting with Jennifer Stone
2:20pm Minding Our Gait and Balance:  Research on the Impact of Tai Chi on Cognitive-motor Interactions in Older Adults with Peter Wayne
3:10pm Break (Optional Tai Chi with Peter Wayne)
3:30pm Alternative Measures in Mechanistic and Outcome Studies Involving Acupuncture in Chronic Pain with Jiang-Ti Kong
4:20pm Panel: Integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine into a Public Teaching Hospital with Amy Matecki, Rona Ma, Colin Feeney, moderated by Lixin Huang
5:50pm Closing

See full descriptions below.

Biofield Physiology: An East/West Integration of Health and Healing
Richard Hammerschlag

Western biomedicine asks us to view the body as a symphony of molecules, cells and organs kept in harmony via the bloodstream and nerves. Chinese traditional medicine describes the same body as a rich broth of organ systems maintained at a healthy simmer through energy channels. The biofield perspective integrates these two views to offer yet another model of living systems. 

It sees molecules, whether as individual units or parts of complex structures, as vibrating entities that create information-exchanging fields. Dr. Hammerschlag describes the origins of the biofield concept and the term biofield therapies (that includes external Qigong). He also summarizes the evidence that living systems generate and respond to electromagnetic and other types of information-transmitting fields. As research continues to reveal, the biofield perspective is expanding diagnostics, treatment options, and our concepts of physiology.

Acupuncture for Pain Management: Updated Evidence
Lixing Lao

This presentation discusses the challenges and difficulties in the research of acupuncture for the pain management. Acupunture has been used for thousands of years and continues to gain popularity in the West. There is clear evidence showing acupuncture is a safe and effective tool for pain management. As part of integrative medicine, acupuncture has been widely in hospital settings.

Integrative and Comparative Effectiveness Research in Clinical Acupuncture and Chinese Medicinal Dietary
Panel with Jennifer Stone, Evelyn Ho, and Richard Hammerschlag, moderated by Jun Wang

This panel explores innovative study designs in the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, focusing on patient outcomes, cultural sensitivity, and clinical relevance. Dr. Jennifer Stone will present a comparative RCT study of acupuncture effectiveness for preventing painful Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) in breast cancer patients undergoing paclitaxel chemotherapy.  Dr. Evelyn Ho will present the process of creating and pilot-testing a Chinese language nutritional counseling guide for type 2 diabetes that integrates Chinese medicine and biomedicine. Dr. Richard Hammerschlag will explore how the acupuncture community can respond to the challenges of "Sham acupuncture" as a control procedure and how novel research designs, such as comparative effectiveness research and whole systems research, are testing acupuncture and TCM in ways that are more relevant to clinic practice.

Mechanisms of Action for Acupuncture in the Oncology Setting
Jennifer Stone

In the oncology setting, acupuncture has become a valuable adjunct to conventional medical care and is in use at many NCI Comprehensive Cancer Research Centers. A number of clinical trials are currently supported by the National Institutes of Health to assess the efficacy of such treatments as evidenced by the listings in the National Institutes of Health Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) database.

Although little is known about the biological mechanisms of action behind the effects of acupuncture, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is actively encouraging more studies that contribute to uncovering these mechanisms in human subjects. This presentation includes several of the existing studies in the scientific literature that examine the impact of acupuncture on fibroblast cells, inflammatory cytokines, T-lymphocytes, adenosine, neuropeptides, opioid peptides, and more. The discussion also includes the innovative approaches NIH-funded teams are using today to assess these mechanisms in humans, including flow cytometry, quantitative sensory testing and imaging.

Minding our gait and balance: Research on the Impact of Tai Chi on Cognitive-Motor Interactions in Older Adults
Peter Wayne

Unique practical and philosophical challenges are encountered-and opportunities afforded-by studying complex EAM mind-body interventions. Drawing from the ecological framework of traditional East Asian medicine (EAM), this presentation first summarizes cutting edge biomedical research supporting the high degree of interdependence between cognitive (mind) and motor (body) processes. Second, examples of the unique potential of EAM practices like Tai Chi and Qigong for preventing and rehabilitating age-related decline in physical and mental health are highlighted.

Alternative Measures in Mechanistic and Outcome Studies Involving Acupuncture in Chronic Pain
Jiang-Ti Kong

Many studies of acupuncture in the treatment of chronic pain involving patient-reported outcomes (PRO's) on pain intensity and functional improvement. Although directly relevant to the patient's experience, these subjective measures are often vulnerable to the effect of expectations. Here, with live demonstrations of equipment and their use, Dr. Kong will present a series of experimental measures using in conventional pain and cardiovascular research which a) are more objective, b) reflect underline mechanisms of acupuncture in treating pain and improving function. Key modules will include quantitative sensory testing (thermal, cold, tactile and punctate) as well as accelerometry and heart rate variability. These modules are used in multiple clinical studies at the Stanford Division of Pain where the mechanisms of chronic pain, as well as those of CAM interventions (such as acupuncture and meditations) are investigated.

Integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine into a public teaching Hospital
Panel with Amy Matecki, Rona Ma, and Colin Feeney, moderated by Lixin Huang

We will discuss the barriers and difficulties of incorporating TCM within a public teaching hospital. Problems faced credentialing Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine experts? Setting up safe practice protocols for TCM faculty and educating Western practitioners to its benefits. How we introduced TCM Education. The development of inpatient consultations, presenting grand rounds for the staff and residents, in-services for nursing staff as well as developing a clinic for outpatients slowly breaking down the "Western" wall. We will look at how we are set higher standards by working with the California Acupuncture Board and our Medical Staff to change the bylaws for all credentialed TCM practitioners at Highland hospital. Also the importance of building an International Research collaboration and the hurdles of establishing the first TCM residency in a US public teaching hospital. Our goal is to have future practitioners that are capable of integrating into any major healthcare system with  the ability to not just understand a common universal medical language but translate TCM understanding to Western Practitioners and provide the best of both Eastern and Western practices for the overall benefit of patient centered care.


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