The UK Conference of Chinese Medicine 2024 – fertility and women’s health sessions

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) have joined forces for their 2024 annual event – The UK Conference of Chinese Medicine 2024.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine meet at the point of the practitioner. Accordingly, we have placed the practitioner and clinical applications at the heart of this conference. From fertility to cancer support, PCOS to chronic inflammation, NHS integration to teaching dietary self-help, this year’s conference has it all, and this week we are spotlighting our fertility and woman’s health speakers!

We are delighted to be joined by president of the ATCM, Mei Xing, who will be sharing her insights on treating infertility in the clinic, further extending the spirit of collaboration to the wider community of expert practitioners in the UK. In addition, we are honoured to present the president of the Austrian Society for Controlled Acupuncture and TCM, Dr Olivia Pojer on male infertility. Furthermore, accomplished practitioner and academic Lily Lai PhD will present on PCOS. This will culminate in a roundtable discussion with all speakers at the end of the day.

Find out more about each speaker below.

Lily Lai PhD MRCHM – Adolescent polycystic ovary syndrome: evidence-informed treatment strategies using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine
Most of our understanding of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) centres on the health concerns of women of reproductive age and yet an increasing number of adolescents are now being diagnosed worldwide. In this session, Lily will share treatment strategies she commonly uses when treating adolescents with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. These approaches have been developed through her clinical experience as well as her PhD research evaluating Chinese medicine for regulating menses in PCOS. It will also be informed by the latest English and Chinese-language research studies including the recently published 2023 international guidelines on adult and adolescent PCOS.

Lily has been in practice since 2005, having her 5-year degree in Chinese medicine jointly awarded by Middlesex University London and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Her PhD at the University of Southampton on integrating Chinese herbal medicine into primary care for polycystic ovary syndrome was the first to be funded by the National Institute for Health Research. She maintains a busy private practice in Manchester and lectures internationally on Chinese medicine and women’s health.


Dr Olivia Pojer – Causes of male infertility-from research knowledge to clinical treatment strategies with Chinese medicine
This lecture gives an evidence-based overview of the most common and recent causes of male infertility. It explains why and how different causes harm sperm quality and provides research study data to underline the importance when talking to your patients. Most importantly, you are going to gain ideas on how to use this knowledge for lifestyle modification recommendations and learn practical treatment strategies for your Chinese medicine-clinic.

Olivia Pojer is an MD, president of the Austrian Acupuncture Society, academic at the Medical University of Graz and organises the TAO Congress. She holds a TCM diploma and an acupuncture diploma from the Austrian Medical Association, in integrative medicine in assisted reproduction (ART) from the German Association for Reproductive Medicine as well as a diploma for advanced training in TCM from the Universities of Nanjing and Wuhan, China.

Olivia is a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) and a book author: Integrative Treatment of male infertility with Chinese Medicine. She is co-owner of the centre Femme & Fertile near Graz where she specialised in treating male infertility.


Xing Mei MBAcC – Holistic treatment for infertility from women’s physiological characteristics in traditional Chinese Medicine
Annual infertility rates have been rising globally, particularly in countries with high socio-demographic indexes. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), practiced for millennia, takes a holistic approach, emphasizing yin yang balance and harmonizing Zangfu functions for infertility treatment. In an upcoming presentation, Mei Xing delves into TCM treatment principles, analysing women’s physical characteristics and contrasting menstruation cycles in TCM with conventional medicine. Two challenging case studies will be presented to showcase the efficacy of TCM’s holistic approach in addressing infertility, providing valuable insights into alternative treatment strategies.

Mei Xing, President of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM) and a visiting Professor at Guizhou TCM University, serves as the Principal of the Manchester Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Additionally, she holds the position of Director and Senior Chinese Medicine Doctor at the Acuhealth Centre in Manchester. With a rich background, Mei Xing previously worked as a senior lecturer and programme leader for the acupuncture programme at Salford University. With over 38 years of experience in teaching and practising TCM, she has also contributed to Chinese medicine research, publishing in both Chinese and peer-reviewed English journals.

This year is so much more than just a conference, it is an opportunity for us to come together, gather our energy of intention and manifest the future that this great medicine deserves. We invite you to be a part of everything that is happening this year, connect with your fellow practitioners and have a fantastic time in the process! Read the full speaker line-up here.

About The UK Conference of Chinese Medicine 2024
Join us on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June for The UK Conference of Chinese Medicine 2024 at the Manchester Business School – All Saints Campus. Early bird rates available until Monday 6 May – book your tickets today!

By The British Acupuncture Council
March 2024