ARRC Symposium


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Ian AppleyardIan’s acupuncture training includes: BSc from Westminster University; studying with a private practitioner in Japan, Ikeda Yuji; clinical training in Shanghai; a year at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of TCM, Nanjing.  He has worked as a private practitioner in Hove and Kendal. He was course director for Acupuncture at London South Bank University from 2008-2018. His PhD, Acupuncture and moxibustion for osteoarthritis of the knee: a component analysis approach, was completed in 2018.

A component analysis of acupuncture in practice: OA knee
This presentation will report the results of survey over 200 practitioners. The process of acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee was broken down into components. These included the number and distribution of points used; methods of stimulation and adjunctive techniques; the number of treatments given; potential adaptations of treatment; and lifestyle advice given. In total there were 61 questions. The information gathered enabled a picture to be built of acupuncture in practice. Moreover, comparisons can be made between medical acupuncturists, TCM practitioners and those who practise 5 element or Japanese acupuncture. The survey threw up surprising findings and raises questions about the extent to which these styles can be clearly delineated in clinical research. The data gathered was used as preliminary attempt to assess the external validity of the acupuncture and the active nature of the sham procedures delivered in RCTs.

Dr Akopyan is a practicing TCM Physician, He holds a Masters Degree in TCM from the prestigious YoSan University, an NCCAOM Diplomate and Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California. Dr Akopyan is a member of ESKI (Helenic association of TCM) and is the elected Director of Communications for the European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA). Dr Akopyan holds a Medical Degree from Armenia Haybusak Medical University and is a professor at the Athens College of East Asian Medicine. He has contributed several TCM research papers and is the Author of “Elemental Nutrition, Cooking for your organs” a TCM perspective on Bioactive compounds in common foods. 

Cardiac rehabilitation; opportunities for integrative therapies
45% of all deaths in Europe are due to cardiovascular diseases or complications of CVD. Over €211 billion is spent annually on caring for patients with cardiovascular diseases. Physiological and lifestyle risk factors contributing to CVD are focal areas with an integrated approach offering rehabilitation programs with preventive methods, has been recognized as an effective means to reduce risk factors, morbidity and mortality and improve patient outcomes. We will discuss how acupuncture and TCM has shown promising evidence in contributing to an effective cardiac rehabilitation and preventive therapy.

Beverley is a Researcher in Integrative Medicine in the Supportive Oncology Research Team (SORT) at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, where for over 20 years she has focussed on investigating using acupuncture in the supportive care of people living with and beyond cancer.  She lectures internationally and has numerous publications, including a forthcoming book Acupuncture and Cancer Survivorship: Recovery, renewal and transformation – a guide for practitioners.


Real world data – Evaluating 15 years of NADA service data for breast cancer related hot flushes
This presents real world clinical outcomes of a 15-year service offering breast cancer survivors the NADA protocol to manage hot flushes associated with adjuvant hormonal treatments. This service evaluation reports on 2285 treatments given to 300 women. It assesses whether usual practice alleviates symptoms in a clinically meaningful way and compares these results with other published scientific evidence.

Amy Din qualified as an acupuncturist in 2008 from ICOM and furthered her training in Shanghai, also learning Chinese. Amy completed her MSc in Health and Rehabilitation at the University of Southampton in 2013 and has since worked as a researcher at the university. Amy worked with the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group on the CREW cohort study, looking at the health and wellbeing of people with colorectal cancer for five years from the point of diagnosis. Amy also has experience in developing outcomes measures, where she went on to support the development of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) anal cancer module. She has also supported research into the quality of life in adolescents and young adults with cancer. Amy currently works on developing complex interventions in healthcare using the Medical Research Council guidance and the Person-Based Approach to intervention development. She is working on using a web-based intervention to help people with depression taper off antidepressant medication. Having gained the Vice Chancellor’s Award at the University of Southampton, Amy was able to study her PhD which aims to build a complex intervention to train healthcare professionals promote health behaviour change (i.e., engage in physical activity and eating a healthy diet) to people with colorectal cancer. Amy still practises acupuncture and supports the BAcC Research Advisory Group and Professional Standards and Regulatory Committee. She is an MSc supervisor at NCA, and sits on their Ethics Committee.

Using outcome measures in oncology for acupuncture research
This talk will explain how to measure or assess possible changes in participants when exposed to an intervention, such as acupuncture, not only clinically but also for research. Amy will also explain how acupuncture can be used as a complex intervention.

An internationally renowned figure in the field of Integrative and Chinese Medicine with over 30 years of clinical, academic, and research experience in the United States, Europe, and Israel.

President of the ETCMA-European TCM Association. President of ICCM- International Community of CM. Director of Marpe integrative medical centre. Dean of TCM Academy of interpretive medicine (TCM.AC). founder and former director of integrative oncology research centre at Sheba medical centre in Israel.

Innovative Personalized Chinese herbal medicine in cancer
Chinese medicine is based on the principle that each person is unique. Therefore, the heart of medical practice is personalized medicine. Imagine that there could be a scientific test which can help you the decision making when choosing the best treatment for an individual patient. In this lecture Dr Yair Maimon present the use of an innovative individualized, sensitivity laboratory testing which was employed to determine the best TCM formula for a cancer patient.

Several formulas were tested on the patient’s cancer cells obtained from the operation room and immune cells isolated from a blood sample, the results presenting a surprising evidence of killing cancer cells and tonifying immunity of this patient. This presents a new paradigm and opportunity for clinical decision-making, new drug discovery.

Bridging science with healing and proving the value of seeing each patient as unique

The outstanding results present a new paradigm and opportunity for clinical decision-making, and helping to bridge the gap of art of healing with the science of medicine while respecting the value of seeing each patient as unique. 

My name is Robin David Sunley. I’m an NCA Graduate acupuncturist. For 7 years I’ve been employed by the NHS at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. I’m part of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Team and Cancer Services. I provide treatments to patients on the wards as part of the surgical pathway. I also provide treatments to cancer patients in the Trinity Holistic Centre at the hospital. I’m proud to be part of these amazing teams!



Proposed Research at JCUH Cardiothoracic Surgery Department 
Robin Sunley is an Acupuncturist within a Thoracic Surgery team providing pre and post treatments to patients undergoing surgery. Robin is working with the team on two research proposals covering acupuncture use to:

  • reduce anxiety & stress on pre-operative patients waiting for surgery
  • reduce Opioid use in post surgery patients

Over the last few years acupuncture has provided demonstrable benefits to the department. Robin will discuss the current developments in the research proposals.

Dr Gil Ton PhD. is a Chinese medicine physician, lecturer and researcher based in Amsterdam. He has lived in Asia for a total of 7 years, in which he gained an extensive and unique academic and clinical practice experience in Acupuncture. His clinical and research interests involve Tung Acupuncture lineage, The role of connective tissue in channel theory and the clinical and cost-effectiveness benefits of Acupuncture treatment. He published 6 scientific papers about Acupuncture, Laser Acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine.


The possible role of Acupuncture as anti-inflammatory treatment and the reduction of CHD risk in patients with OA: An insight from Taiwanese population study
Patients with osteoarthritis (OA) are more likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD) than the general population. Acupuncture is commonly used in OA patients; however, its therapeutic effect on the risk of CHD is unknown. The study design and findings, possible mechanisms and the cost effectiveness of Acupuncture for the OA patients and their risk to develop CHD will be presented and discussed. 


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