TCM/A in the News

August 29, 2017: OTIP Removes Acupuncture Coverage for Ontario Teachers

Contact your local school board representative, and make them aware of the concerns that your patients have regarding this change.  Use the following link to find your representative:

May 4, 2017: ETCMA Newsletter April 2017 – What’s new at ETCMA

Dear Colleagues,

We had a harmonious and strong General Assembly (GA) in Tel Aviv in March this year and were shown great hospitality by the IATCM (Israeli Association Of TCM). Of course, this year not all representatives from our member associations were able to travel to the GA. There were major changes in the executive committee as 5 members of the EC stood down from the EC and 4 new members to date have been elected.

I had the honour of being elected President and I am pleased to have such a great EC to work with.

Let me share some thoughts about the current situation of the ETCMA:

The ETCMA has a good standing. With 25 associations as members representing about 14000 practitioners we are the largest TCM umbrella society in Europe. We are proud to represent so many, but it is also a big task to explain to our member organisations’ EC members and each practitioner that the costs required to fulfil and expand our tasks is a useful investment for all of us.  We feel that the ETCMA currently has good interaction with the presidents and representatives of our member organisations and we will work to improve our communication channels .

With in mind we took the opportunity in Tel Aviv to work together on our new Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. We aspire to achieve a mutual ownership of our goals.

We want to share our insights on organisational, political and research issues as well as on burning issues like the regulation of Chinese herbs and China’s TCM policy in Europe. This will be done via newsletters, the website and meetings at the GA and TCM Kongress Rothenburg. The strength of our members is the strength of ETCMA.

We strive to support our member associations but we also need to find a way to reach the individual practitioner. We wish to support the daily work of the practitioner and explain our policies to make a safer future of our profession.

In spite of differing regulatory frameworks, languages and cultural assets, there is definitely more that unites us than divides us to work on!

Wishing us the very best
Gerd Ohmstede

President ECTMA





Read more of the newsletter HERE.

April 4, 2017: CMAAC Vice-President Attends WHO Conference


Prof. Wu Bingjiang, the vice-president of CMAAC and the president of OCTCM, was invited by WHO as a representative of North America (USA & Canada) to attend a meeting for editing and approving the document of “WHO Benchmark for Practice in Tuina”. A total of 21 representatives (including six Tuina experts, osteopaths, five Thai-style and Korea-style massage therapists), and more than 10 government officials from 12 countries attended the meeting. Once the document has been approved, the “Benchmark for practice in Tuina” will become the WHO international standards.













January 31, 2017: CMAAC Receives Feedback from Members Concerning Article, “State Risk Discourse…”

Last week, CMAAC released a link to the article: State risk discourse and the regulatory preservation of traditional medicine knowledge: The case of acupuncture in Ontario, Canada. We received feedback from several members who provided their thoughts and experiences on the matter, and for transparency, we are releasing the feedback that we received.


January 6, 2017: Dr. Rogers Prize Groundbreaker Awards

GROUNDBREAKER AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE (CAM): Five Canadian doctors named as recipients of $50,000 Groundbreaker Awards

Vancouver, BC (January 4, 2017): The Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine is pleased to announce the winners of the Dr. Rogers Prize Groundbreaker Awards. Five Canadian leaders in health care have been selected by an international jury in recognition of their lifetime of dedication to patient care, often in the face of adversity. Each recipient will receive a cash award of $50,000 CAD at a Gala Award Dinner to be held at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on Friday, February 24, 2017.


October 27, 2016: EU/US/Canada Meeting

TCM and Acupuncture organisations from Europe, the United States, and Canada met in San Diego on October 27th to discuss current topics among TCM/A practitioners.


September 28, 2016: TCM for TELUS Health eClaims & World Widlife Federation Campaign

Register for the free TELUS Health eClaims service by December 31, 2016 and TELUS will donate $25 to the World Wildlife Federation (up to a maximum of $2,500) to support the promotion of sustainable traditional Chinese medicine and the protection of endangered species such as tigers and rhinoceros.

eClaims lets you submit acupuncture claims on behalf of your patients to 10 leading insurance companies covering 85% of privately insured Canadians. By offering eClaims to your acupuncture patients, you are reducing their out-of-pocket expenses and eliminating their need to deal with insurance claims.

You save on debit and credit card fees by only charging your clients their deductible, receive quick payment from insurers (most via direct deposit) and you get listed on the eClaims provider search tool, available on many insurer plan member portals – that’s free marketing!


June 2016: Acupuncture at a Pain Clinic (Acupuncture Today)

Pain is the most comprehensive human experience. The experience of pain is associated with the somatic, emotional and social impact. Pain has not only somatic symptoms, but also psycho-social dimension, especially in case of chronic pain. In addition to its negative aspects (deprivation of various size), is pain in its acute form a significant positive element in the form of a warning signal to the body.

May 25, 2016: First clinical trial to study use of Chinese Herbal Medicines in treating Urinary Tract Infections

Researchers at the University of Southampton are to study the use of Chinese Herbal Medicines in treating recurrent urinary tract infections (RUTIs), in the first clinical trial of its kind in the UK.  The study aims to assess whether herbal medicines could play a valuable role in replacing some antibiotic treatments for appropriate conditions.



March 16, 2016: Traditional Healing: Modern Medicine’s friend or foe?:

Traditional medicine in its many forms has proven to be an effective treatment for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – one of the biggest health burdens for developing countries. NCDs, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and chronic lung disease, kill more than 36 million people each year and 80% of the deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.



October 5, 2015: CNN News: 3 Scientists share Nobel Prize for medicine for work on Parasitic diseases – Researcher Trained in TCM Awarded Nobel Prize for Medicine

Breaking News! The Nobel Prize for medicine has been jointly awarded to two scientists for their work on diseases caused by parasites and another for her research into the treatment of malaria. The winners are William Campbell of Ireland and Satoshi Omura of Japan, who discovered a new drug to treat parasitic diseases, and Youyou Tu of China, who used Chinese herbal medicine to find a new kind of antimalarial agent.

Watch video HERE

More about Youyou Tu and her article: The discovery of artemisinin (qinghaosu) and gifts from Chinese medicine

Read article HERE

Fox News: Controlling arthritis pain with an ancient treatment

Read article HERE

June 23, 2015; CNN News: Acupuncture may be antidote for allergies

[BBC Documentary] The Science of Acupuncture – Traditional Chinese Medicine


Antibiotic Resistance: Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Prevent Epidemics

Oct. 2013 Antibiotic Resistance: TCM Can Prevent Epidemics

2012, World Health Organization: The Future is Looking Healthy for Traditional Medicine


Sept. 26, 2013, Globe and Mail: An alternative? Acupuncture as good as counsellig for depression, study finds


Sept.28, 2013, BBC News: Cardiff-Peking universities: Chinese medicine cancer treatment hope

Acupuncture and TCM in UNESCO  Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – 2010

Study: Acupuncture helps soothe pain

Video on Data from 29 separate studies of 18,000 people confirms what many people already swear by: acupuncture works, especially for treatment of body back and neck pain, arthritis and headaches. NBC’s Brian Williams reports

May 2014: Green Living Show



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