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ICMART LETTER EDITOR: Dr François Beyens, rue de l’Amazone, 62, Brussels 1060, Belgium. Tel: +32 2 539 39 00. Fax: +32 2 539 36 92. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. FOURTH QUARTER 2004 1. Minutes of the General Assembly which b. Reports by the Vice-Presidents. took place in Sidney, Australia, during the ICMART 11th World Congress, on Saturday - Dr Walburg Maric-Oehler: October 2nd 2004. We all work together as a team, in promoting the Were present: Drs Walburg Maric-Oehler, idea of ICMART whether nationally or Helmut Liertzer, Bryan Franck, François Beyens, internationally. Of course my main work takes Chin Chan, Daniel Traum, Nickolay Nickolaev, place in Germany, and we try to bring all our Linda Kluger, Gilbert Lambrechts, Frantisek interests and ideas together, with the help of Para, Marshall Sager, Mauro Cucci, Giovanni Rainer Wander who has joined us at this Garofano, Aysegül Öztürk, Mike Cummings, congress. I still enjoy working for ICMART and Wellington Tan, Harry Bong, Steven Aung, supporting the tradition, which includes helping Carlos China, Rainer Wander, Varão Nolasco, François who has been at this task for more than Alcilo Amado, Gabriella Hegyi. twenty years. Regularly we have new blood joining us, like Marshall Sager who accepted to The president, Christer Carlsson, was excused. continue the Education Chapter, a subject on which we all worked together. I remember many a. Introduction by François Beyens: of you coming to Berlin in 2001, trying to improve the cooperation between different Dear Friends, Dear Old Members, Dear New continents and countries. This the work we are Members, Dear Future Members, continuing every year in Mainz, in cooperation with Mainz University, as a dialogue between How many General Assemblies of ICMART mainstream medicine and acupuncture. have you attended? How many moments, especially at the beginning, where we would - Dr. Bryan Frank wonder what would become of ICMART? How many times did we discuss its future? And here In the name of the Bureau I would like to thank we are, after so many years, more active and the Australian Medical Acupuncture College for more present than ever, although with more and the efforts they have made regarding the more work to do. organization of this congress In Sydney I am pleased to see that two other founding I enjoyed the last two years working with the members are present, Helmut Liertzer from Bureau and the other members of the Board. We Austria and Harry Bong from The Netherlands, had the pleasure of participating in Congresses a good sign of continuation and support. like in Brazil, and it is hard to think that already one year has gone by. I have participated last We are however at an historical turning point of March in the Pan Pacific Medical Acupuncture our evolution. ICMART is not only growing in Confgerence with representatives from Australia, quantity but also in personality and presence, not New Zealand, Canada and the USA. During the only because more associations are joining us, summer I presented a paper at the Congress of but because we are more aware of our the World Society of Pain in Tokyo, and I look responsibilities and of the tasks we start and forward to the Portuguese congress next year. It eventually succeed. is a pleasure to be part of this organization. Our next AAMA congress will take place in Atlanta, 1 in the beginning of April, we will let you know which puts the total of ICMART member the details. Through the pathways of ICMART. associations as 84! Unanimously approved. c. Report by the Treasurer, Dr Palle Rosted: e. Election of the members of the Board: In the absence of Dr Rosted, François Beyens reads the results of the accounts. - President: Dr. Bryan Franck (USA) - Vice-Presidents: Drs. Walburg Maric-Oehler The current account started in 2002 with (Germany) and Nickolay Nickolaev (Latvia). 13.000,63£, and ended with 19.784,83£. In 2003 - Treasurer: Dr Palle Rosted (UK) it ended with 26.301,14£. The High Interest - General Secretary: Dr François Beyens account registered the sum of 22.944,76£ (Belgium) Other Members of the Board: d. Admission of new members: - Dr Rainer Wander (Germany) - Portuguese Medical Society of Acupuncture. - Dr Mike Cummings President: Dr. Jorge Gonçalves. - Dr Gabriella Hegyi (Hungary) - Dr Chin Chan (Australia) - Romanian Acupuncture Society. - Dr Maeshall Sager (USA President: Dr. Dumitru Constantin. - Dr Frantisek Para (Czech Republic) - Dr Mauro Cucci (Italy) - British Dental Acupuncture Society - Dr Gilbert Lambrechts ( Belgium) President: Dr. Palle Rosted. Unanimously approved. - Medical Acupuncture Society of New Zealand: Delegate: Dr. Wellington Tan. f. Next Congresses: - Acupuncture Medical Society SOMA-SP, São The XIIth World Congress of ICMART will be Paulo, Brazil: hosted by the American Academy of Medical President: Hong Jin Bai. Acupuncture (AAMA), on the East Coast in spring 2006. - Section of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine of the Medical Doctor’s Association of Unanimously approved. Serbia. President: Dr. Ljubica Konstantinović Announcements: - Japanese Society of Veterinary Oriental - ICMART International Medical Symposium of Medicine. Acupuncture and Relatred Techniques 2005: Delegate: Noriko Shimizu hosted by the Czech Medical Acupuncture Society of the Medical Association of J.E. - Transylvanian Association of Integrated Purkynĕ and the Society of Acupuncture of the Quantum Medicine. Slovak Medical Society. President: Dr. Joseph Mezei. In Prague, 20-22 May 2005. Symposium Secretariat: Guarant International / - Armenian Association of Traditional and ICMART 2005, Opletalova 22, Prague 1, 110 Alternative Medicine. 00? Czech Republik. Delegate: Dr. M.N. Avagyan. Tel: +420 284 001 444 Fax: + 420 284 001 448 - French Federation of Medical Acupuncturists e-mail: email@example.com for Continuous Medical Training. Website: www.ICMART.cz President: Dr. Christian Mouglalis. Remark: this last federation has together 26 medical acupuncture associations in France, 2 Other Congresses: g. Legal changes - Annual International Symposium on Several legal changes will be made to the bylaws Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics: October to be in compliance with Belgian laws. No 13-16, 2005. Columbia University Sqchool of changes are substantive to the operation of International Affairs, Dag Hammarskjold ICMART, and permission was given for the Lounge, 420 West 118 St, New York. General Secretary to make these changes as Information: Prof. Y. Omura, 800 Riverside needed. Drive (8-1), New York, NY 10032. Tel: +1 212 781 6262, Fax: +1 212 923 2279 Conditions for obtaining the ICMART - The American Academy of Medical Diploma. Acupuncture 17th Annual Symposium, April 1-3, 2005 To acknowledge a high level of education, Location: Hilton Atlanta, Georgia, 404/659- training, practice and status in the field of 2000 national/international medical acupuncture Information: AAMA /related techniques. 4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 428 Los Angeles, California 90010 a. Must be a full member of an ICMART Tel : +1 323 937 5514 member association. Tel: +1 323 937 5514 Website: www.medicalacupuncture.org b. The applicant should write a formal letter E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org asking for the diploma, with a Curriculum Vitae, including activities concerning acupuncture - Barcelona, Spain, June 3-5, 2005: Second and/or related techniques: International Medical Congress on Acupuncture, with the cooperation of ICMART. - Relevant medical and acupuncture Information: qualifications. Department de Congressos - Active and/or passive participation COMB/MediViatges in national/internationalmeetings.- Passeig de la Bonanova, 47, 08017 Barcelona, Spain. Tel: +34 93 567 88 60 Organisation or participation in the Fax: +34 93 567 88 61 organisation of such meetings. E-mail: email@example.com - Publications, research, teaching, lectures, promotion or - Mainz Acupuncture Symposium, June 24-26, representation. 2005. Organized by the University of Mainz (Germany), the German medical Acupuncture c. The diploma should be awarded, when Society (DÄGfA) and the Fujian University of possible, during a World Congress or TCM (China), with the cooperation of International Symposium of ICMART ICMART. Information; Dr. Walburg Maric-Oehler, d. Pay, when accepted, the sum of US$ 200 to Louisenstr. 15-17, D-61348 Bad Homburg, ICMART for administrative purposes. Germany. Fax: +49 6172 69 04 41 A reduced concessionary fee may be approved in E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org some circumstances. 3 Bryan L. Frank, M.D., FAAMA P.O. Box 30415 Edmond, OK 73003-0007 USA 405-623-7667 FAX 405-341-5342 October 28, 2004 Dear friends and colleagues, Sydney was a very special time for all of us at the XI ICMART World Medical Acupuncture Congress. I wish to commend Dr. Chin Chan, Convener, and the Australian Medical Acupuncture Society f or their leadership and hosting of the Congress. As with so many past ICMART Congresses, this was a special time for friendships to be rekindled, new friends to meet, and exploration of ancient or more current wisdom, new horizons, and challenges to address- in all, a great ICMART experience! ICMART As we move beyond Sydney with many wonderful memories, International and on to Prague in May 20-22, 2005, I hope you experience fresh success with your patients and new insights and Council of understandings in acupuncture and related techniques. Medical Acupuncture and I want to thank Dr. Marshall Sager and the Education Related Committee for their continued efforts to examine standards of Techniques training in medical acupuncture and look forward to their further reports. I also thank the ICMART Bureau and Board for their ongoing support and welcome Dr. Nickolay Nickolaev of Latvia as new Vice-president of the Bureau. Finally, I commend Dr. František Pára, M.D., Ph.D., President of the Prague ICMART Symposium 2005 and Ladislav Fildán, M.D., Scientific Secretary of the Symposium for their efforts in bringing a special event for us in May, 2005. I look forward to seeing you all there Sincerest regards, Society Headquarters: Rue de l’Amazone, 62 1060 Brussels, Belgium Bryan L. Frank, M.D., FAAMA Tel. 32 2 539 39 00 President (2004-2006) International Council of Medical Fax 32 2 539 36 92 Acupuncture & Related Techniques http://icmart.org President (1999-2001) American Academy of Medical Acupuncture 4 Education Chapter, chairman: Dr. Marshall Sager Common Educational Elements - Core Aspects of Training Western medical anatomy and physiology relevant to medical acupuncture By its nature, acupuncture is an invasive medical paradigm or technique. Consequently, it is imperative that anyone practicing acupuncture be well versed in the somatic, visceral, neurophysiologic and neuro-anatomical implications of thrusting needles into various body points. As a consequence of Western medical training, a physician has a thorough and extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Furthermore, as physician healthcare providers, we are held to a higher degree of diagnostic and therapeutic accountability. This increased standard further underlines our expertise and responsibility. These common medical elements added to appropriate acupuncture education and training distinguishes us as Medical Acupuncturists. Acupuncture points and different ways of point selection Acupuncture point technique and location selection is dictated by the various paradigms, methods and technical therapeutic applications of acupuncture in general and by the practitioner in particular. Segmental considerations, applicable neuro-physiological pathways, traditional concepts and myofascial trigger points are but a few of the particular acupuncture approaches that will influence and determine point selection. Substantial commonality and significant diversity exist within ICMART. Our diversity reflects national and regional practice preferences as well as individual practitioner custom. Our commonalities include our Western medical knowledge, our additional acupuncture education and training and our devotion to the health and well-being of our patients. These common goals will lead us to mutual understanding and consensus. Safe needling and other techniques All Western physicians are knowledgeable and trained in safe needling techniques. Of course, sterile and preferably, disposable, acupuncture needles should be used. The acupuncture site should be clean and free of obvious infection. Additionally, whenever bleeding occurs, proper care should be taken to prevent the transmission of infection. The application of laser and/or electro stimulation require special training. Appropriate considerations as to indications and contra-indications should be made when utilizing these modalities and techniques. 'Proper' training Each physician member of an ICMART affiliate organization should possess an active medical license. Additionally, above and beyond his/her Western medical education, said physician should have undergone formal acupuncture training in the application, appropriate 5 use and integration of Medical Acupuncture into his/her biomedical practice and be legally permitted to perform Medical Acupuncture in the jurisdiction in which he/she practices. Some form of testing/evaluation/examination It is recommended and expected that all physicians formally trained in Medical Acupuncture will have undergone some type of testing or appropriate evaluation so as to assure the public and their colleagues of their competency to practice. Use of acupuncture in Western medicine The utilization of acupuncture as a medical paradigm or technique in the Western clinic, by a trained physician, can be very effective. Medical Acupuncture can be use adjunctive to, or as a substitute for, traditional bio-pharmacology or surgery. When employed adjunctively, Medical Acupuncture can compliment and enhance the effect of drugs, reduce their side- effects, and decrease their dosage. Frequently, when a patient fails to respond to multiple medication or surgical interventions, Medical Acupuncture alone can be effective. Medical Acupuncture is used extensively with patients: in acute and chronic pain, as well as in those with functional and reversible organic disorders. Therefore, a Western trained physician, who is also trained in Medical Acupuncture, can offer his/her patient’s either/or a combination of Western medical treatment and Medical Acupuncture – the best of both worlds. Research The goal of promoting scientifically sound inquiries into the clinical efficacy, physiological mechanisms, patterns of use, and theoretical foundations of acupuncture remain, in general, elusive. This is because acupuncture treatment is a procedure, not a drug. It is akin to surgery or a psychotherapy session. For this reason it has been very difficult to subject acupuncture to the gold-standard of randomized blinded trials, and almost impossible to conduct truly double-blind trials. However, the experience of physicians who are conducting research into bio-pharmacology could provide cross-over methodologies which could be utilized to facilitate acupuncture research in the future. We must recognize a pluralistic approach to research methodology. This would include non- randomized studies, empirical observation, case studies, evaluations of practice-based data, and practice-based outcomes research. Also included would be epidemiological and surveillance studies, behavioral and quality of life studies, meta-analysis, etc. Of course, future investigators in acupuncture research must follow appropriate research protocols and provide subjects with the same protections as in conventional medical research. 6 Acupuncture Charter Berlin. Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 2000 years, resulting in a wealth of empirical experience. Interest in the technique grew tremendously in the West over the latter half of the 20th Century, and to an even greater degree in the last 10 years. The growth in medical acupuncture took place as a result of its perceived efficacy in acute and chronic pain, as well as in functional and reversible organic disorders, and addiction and as a result of considerable recent research. Much high quality evidence now exists to support its clinical use for a wide range of problems based on randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews. Basic scientific research has determined many of the neurophysiological and neuropharmacological mechanisms by which acupuncture works. Medical acupuncturists make an orthodox diagnosis prior to treatment and only use acupuncture when indicated. Patient safety is of paramount importance. The full integration and regulation of medical acupuncture has not followed as rapidly as has the growth in public interest and pragmatic use of the technique. Acupuncture education and research has, for the most part, taken place outside the orthodox medical teaching centres, and thus it has often been ignored, or encountered strong resistance. The development of medical acupuncture has not progressed at the same rate in all countries. The degrees of integration of acupuncture, medical and traditional, within national healthcare provision have differed widely. The participants of this ICMART symposium and DÄGfA / DGfAN jubilee congress in Berlin, 14-17 Jun 2001, strongly commit themselves to the following: 1. Setting up unified international western quality standards of medical acupuncture in education, practice and research according to the principles of orthodox western medicine: - To optimise the effects of acupuncture and the safety for patients - Following evidence based medicine (EBM) - To critically appraise TCM theory as applied to acupuncture - For application in all appropriate medical specialties - To integrate acupuncture into modern medicine and health care - To synthesize two complementary visions of Man 2. Strengthening relationships between national medical acupuncture societies in Europe and throughout the rest of the world 3. Further collaboration with the World Health Organisation 4. Extending national co-operation with: - Universities - Medical institutions - Institutions of healthcare - Health funding organisations - Other medical organisations of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine - Patient organisations Berlin, 17th of June 2001 7
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