10 November 2018 – IMU‘s Chinese Medicine Department successfully organised the annual Chinese Medicine Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminar at the Senate Room of the University’s campus in Bukit Jalil. The theme for this year’s Chinese Medicine CPD was ‘Integrating Acupuncture in Medical Practice: The Malaysian Healthcare Experience in Acupuncture’.The aim of this event is to introduce acupuncture as a potential treatment option and initiate discussions on the possibility of integrating the practice of acupuncture into modern healthcare. Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicinal practice. Although it has origins in China,its practice has transcended globally and is often used as a co-treatment or co-management of many ailments and conditions. Amongst numerous health benefits, the conditions that are often alleviated by acupuncture include relief from chronic pain, arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, depression, migraine, nausea, postoperative pain, post stroke rehabilitation and obesity. In order to understand the development and clinical advantages of acupuncture practices in Malaysia, the Chinese Medicine faculty at IMU invited renowned Chinese medicine practitioners within Malaysia to share their clinical experiences and research breakthroughs in the practice of acupuncture with the aim of increasing the prominence of acupuncture as a viable healthcare option within the community.
Prof Michael Thomas Haneline (Director, Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CCAM), IMU) did the honor of delivering the opening speech whilst Dr Goh Cheng Soon (Director of T&CM Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia) was the keynote speaker. Dr Goh shared the insights and aspirations from “The Malaysia T&CM Blueprint – Impact to the Integration of Acupuncture into Medical Practice” with the participants.
In addition, Dr Chai Koh Meow (Chief Principle Assistant Director, Policy and Development Section, T&CM Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia) gave a talk on “Integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with Western Medicine: Issues and Challenges”, Dr Lim Ren Jye (Head of T&CM Unit, National Cancer Institute, Putrajaya) covered the topic on “The Value of Acupuncture in Cancer Care”, Prof Zhou Wenxin (Programme Director, Master of Science in Acupunture, IMU) spoke on the “Acupuncture Analgesia: Acupuncture in Pain Management” and last but not least, Tham Hui Saan (Director of HAN Neuro Acupuncture & Herbal Specialists) enlightened the participants on the “Application of Acupuncture by using Micro Perception In-depth (MPI) Diagnostic Skill in Post-stroke Condition”.
The participants were thoroughly engaged and animated in their interactions with the speakers and posed many questions to satisfy their curiosity.
All in all, the Chinese Medicine CPD Talk 2018 was a great success and the team is utterly grateful to both the speakers and participants who have taken back much more than they have anticipated based on the positive feedbacks received. The team looks forward to organising another round of Chinese Medicine CPD Talk in 2019. See you then! Written by Dr Chep Lee Lu Siang