Learn from the world’s
best natural therapists
17 virtual shows
17 expert speakers
Enhance your practice with the latest knowledge from your field, at the 2021 World Health Symposium.
Saturday 6 - Monday 8 February 2021
Hone your skills and reputation with the latest developments in your field
Cutting-edge knowledge for 14 modalities, including acupuncture, body work, herbal medicine, and more.
How does this work?
The World Health Symposium is a virtual event, with presentations by 17 speakers across 14 modalities, delivered via WebinarJam. The event runs from 6th February 2021 to 8th February 2021, with every presentation able to be rewatched.
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- Watch the presentations that interest you, and ask the speaker questions in real time
Jay P. Shah, MD (USA)
Jap Shah is a physiatrist and clinical investigator in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland USA. His interests include the pathophysiology of myofascial pain and the integration of physical medicine techniques with promising complementary approaches in the management of neuro-musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. He also completed the one-year UCLA Medical Acupuncture course and a two-year Bravewell Fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Jay is a well-known lecturer on mechanisms of chronic pain, myofascial pain, neuro-anatomical acupuncture techniques and other related topics. He and his co-investigators have utilized novel microanalytical and ultrasound imaging techniques that have uncovered the unique biochemical milieu and viscoelastic properties of myofascial trigger points and surrounding soft tissue. He has given many invited lectures and hands-on courses nationally and internationally for physicians, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and dentists, among other professional groups. His presentations integrate the fascinating knowledge emerging from the basic and clinical pain sciences in order to improve evaluation and management approaches to musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
Jay was selected by the American Academy of Pain Management as the 2010 recipient of the Janet Travell Clinical Pain Management Award for excellence in clinical care and by the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists as the 2012 recipient of the David G. Simons Award for excellence in clinical research.View Topic
Dr John Z Srbely DC PhD (Canada)
Associate Professor, University of Guelph
John Srbely is a full-time Associate Professor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Science, University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario, Canada). He previously held a Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) Research Chair in Spine Mechanics and Neurophysiology (2008-2013).
His interests in neurophysiology evolved during his formative years as a primary health care provider in chiropractic and acupuncture that focused on treating and managing chronic myofascial pain. His two decades of clinical observation underscored the fact that these, and other commonly adopted conservative clinical therapies/interventions, have a profound impact on human physiology, the scope and mechanisms of which are still poorly characterized.
Accordingly, his primary research interest centers around the study of the physiologic mechanisms and role of central sensitization and neurogenic inflammation in the pathophysiology of myofascial trigger points and the clinical manifestations of chronic myofascial pain. He has received a prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant to study the causal relationship between central sensitization and the physiologic expression of sensitivity, morphology and electrophysiology of the myofascial trigger point within human peripheral muscle.
His research program aims to advance both experimental and clinical techniques for the quantification of central sensitization in humans, which can contribute to advancing diagnostic techniques for chronic myofascial pain. In addition, he and his team are investigating the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying the formation of MTrPs in an animal model and co-registering these with ultrasound and histologic findings.View Topic
ANTA National President and National Naturopathy Branch Chair
Elizabeth holds a Masters of Herbal Medicine and has spent many years in the profession of Naturopathy and has seen the strengths and weaknesses first hand. She is dedicated to the strength and professionalism of Naturopathy through education, mentoring and international recognition of Naturopathy as a viable and reliable method of healthcare.View Topic
National Acupuncture Branch Chair
Kaitlin Edin has been an acupuncturist for over a decade. She has studied with many teachers as is the way in the West. Her original training began in Japan and continued for a number of years within the Japanese Meridian Therapy traditions of Dr Manaka, Nagano/Mastumoto and Toyohari. The contributions of Lonny Jarrett and Leon Hammer have been strongly influential since she was a student. SiYuan Balance Method and Dr Jeffrey Yeun’s teachings now hold a significant and abiding interest. She is a current director of ANTA and holds the Acupuncture Branch Chair on their National Council.
National Multi-modality Branch Chair
Mark has been a leader within the natural medicine professions for the past 20 years. While working extensively as a clinical practitioner at ‘Master Healthcare’ he has also worked across the profession through corporate, operations, governance and education sectors.
In addition to his busy clinical practice, Mark was deeply engaged with the Australian College of Natural Medicine / Endeavour College of Natural Health for more than fifteen years. Mark went on to accept the role of National Program Leader with responsibility for the delivery of the Bachelor of Health Science Acupuncture Degree across six campuses in Australia.
Mark has also previously contributed to professional association operations including his involvement with ANTA. Mark has previously served his constituents as an ANTA National Councillor and an advisor over recognition of numerous courses for the ANTA National Council. Mark contributed as a professional educator at ANTA national seminars presented throughout Australia from 2006 – 2018.View Topic
ANTA National Myotherapy Branch Chair
Shaun Brewster is Myotherapist and Exercise Physiologist with over 20 years experience in clinical practice and education. In addition to working in private practice, Shaun is the Director and founder of Advanced Clinical Education, a provider of post-graduate professional development for manual therapists. Shaun is also an ANTA Director and Chair of the Myotherapy Branch of ANTA.View Topic
Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire
Dr. Graeme Tobyn PhD is a senior lecturer in the School of Community Health and Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire. He practised herbal medicine for 26 years, including a period in the UK National Health Service. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Royal Historical Society, the British Society for the History of Pharmacy and the College of Medicine. He is external examiner for the BSc and MSc Herbal Medicine programmes at Lincoln College, UK. He was visiting botanical medicine scholar at Bastyr University, Seattle, USA in 2015 and twice a visiting lecturer at Pacific Rim College, B.C., Canada. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Herbal Medicine. He is the author of two books, Culpeper’s Medicine (1997, 2nd edn 2013) and, with fellow herbalists, The Western Herbal Tradition (2011, repub. 2015), and several book chapters and articles.View Topic
Japanese and Chinese Acupuncturist
Kate Levett is a practitioner and researcher of Japanese and Chinese Acupuncture, with over 20 years’ experience as an acupuncturist, researcher, birth educator and teacher. Kate is a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Fellow at the School of Medicine Sydney, at the University of Notre Dame Australia. She has completed her PhD at the NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University, investigating an antenatal education course incorporating complementary medicines for pain relief in labour and birth for first time mothers, and continues this work in her current research.
She is a consultant for independent childbirth education programs in Australia and internationally, and is a research advisor with Lamaze International and the Obstetric Acupuncture Association in Canada, and the Maternal Acupuncture Mentoring Program (MAMPs).
Kate has a particular interest in pregnancy and birth, with an emphasis on educating women and partners so that they can optimise their birth experience.View Topic
Alternative Medicine, Law And Ethics
Michael Weir has broad professional experience as a solicitor in private legal practice in commercial and property law. In his academic career Michael has published extensively on Land Law, Planning Law and Complementary Medicine and the law. He is a co- author of the textbook Real Property Law in Queensland, LBC (5th edition, 2020). Michael has a research interest in Medicine and the Law with a focus on complementary and alternative medicine and law and ethics. This interest is reflected in the textbook Law and Ethics in Complementary Medicine Allen and Unwin (5th edition 2016).View Topic
Delphine Armand (France)
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr. Delphine Armand holds degrees in both Veterinary Medicine, as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Delphine was Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan’s close apprentice for almost a decade. Fascinated by the logic and effectiveness of Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Delphine completely devoted herself to its practice and international dissemination.
Entrusted by Dr. Tan to carry on his teachings since 2016, she is the co-founder of Si Yuan Balance Method Acupuncture, an international organization dedicated to the propagation of his unique lineage.
Since 2018, she is the president of the Global Balance Foundation (GBF), a humanitarian association that she created with her two colleagues Mrs Lapy Long and Dr. Paul Wang.View Topic
Johanne Picard-Scott (USA)
Johanne Picard-Scott is a Balance Method acupuncturist who practices in New York City. After earning her Traditional Chinese Medicine degree, Johanne began her studies with Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan in the summer of 2013. Since opening her practice in New York in 2014, she has treated thousands of patients, using Dr. Tan’s Balance Method exclusively.
She continues to deepen her practice with Si Yuan and joined GBF on their second mission to Haiti in 2019. She returned on their 3rd mission in March 2020 as the managing organizer of that mission. Johanne is dedicated to spreading the practice of Dr. Tan’s Balance Method through GBF world-wide.View Topic
Neerja Ahuja – Adv. Dip. in Ayu., Dip Human Values, Trained Yoga teacher, M.A. (Maths. Statistics), Grad. Dip. (Computing), is Principal Consultant at Ayurveda Awareness Centre (AAC) and started first Ayurveda Registered Training Organization in Australia, offering qualifications up to Adv. Diploma. Neerja is a published writer for professional journals.
Neerja consults clients for diet, lifestyle routines for physical, mental and emotional hygiene, offering Ayurvedic detoxification and de-stressing treatments. As a course facilitator and practitioner, she has acquired a deep understanding of human psychology and how emotional and mental hygiene helps to reverse the disease process and improve the quality to life. She runs a one year course “Foundation Training in Clinical Ayurveda and Self Care (FTCASC) for other practitioners.
Research Interest: Ayurveda and its place in practical life for ordinary people, health and spiritualityView Topic
Justin is a naturopath, pharmacognosist and Research Fellow at the NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University where he has been coordinating the medicinal cannabis research stream since 2017. He has been studying the Cannabis genus for 20 years and is active in the medicinal cannabis research space, being a co-investigator on the well publicised clinical trial for Glioblastoma Multiforme. Justin is also currently collaborating on a RCT investigating a medicinal cannabis extract for mild cognitive impairment, and cannot seem to keep his interest out of the laboratory, collaborating with colleagues on some pre-clinical pharmacology studies investigating the anti-inflammatory effects of various cannabinoids and terpenes in combination. His current PhD project is investigating the safety, tolerability and effectiveness of medicinal cannabis for the symptomatic management of endometriosis.
Aside from his research activities, Justin has also served pro bono on the scientific advisory board for United in Compassion since 2015, Australia’s leading medicinal cannabis patient advocacy group, and has recently been appointed to the board of directors of the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Association. Aside from his work with cannabis, Justin has been a lecturer across several Australian naturopathic undergraduate courses on the topics of botany, pharmacognosy and pharmacology since 2003, and has practiced clinically at various clinics across the country. One of his main passions has always been education, particularly in the medicinal cannabis space, as he strongly believes it is only through education that meaningful change can occur. To this end, Justin has presented over 100 conference lectures and podcasts on the topic of medicinal cannabis since 2016 and has published on the topics of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system in book chapters and the peer-reviewed literature. When time allows, which he would tell you is far too infrequent these days, he enjoys hiking, nature photography and visiting old growth forests around the world.View Topic
Jasmine is the Founder and primary developer and lecturer for Path Lab Education. An online education institute that provides courses and mentoring in the use of pathology testing in clinical practice. She is an experienced Naturopath and Pathology Testing consultant with over a decade of experience in the health industry.
Jasmine’s knowledge and expertise in pathology testing comes from working as a Functional Pathology Supervisor and Technical Consultant at Healthscope & Australian Clinical Labs. Her role saw her working with interstate and international laboratories, supervising pathology testing labs across Australia, speaking and exhibiting at state and interstate conferences and providing education on pathology testing and integrative medicine to practitioners and laboratory scientists and staff.
Jasmine has also previously established successful naturopathic clinics in Melbourne, where she was able to gain extensive experience managing a myriad of different health conditions. She uses this experience when designing courses for Path Lab Education.View Topic
Doreen has been passionate about educating and assisting her client optimise their health and fertility for over 30 years.
After completing her Medical Science degree in 1982, and working in Melbourne laboratories, she travelled to the UK to gain further experience. After returning to Australia she completed her Naturopathy qualification in 1989 then further studies in Natural Fertility Management. Her passion is educating and preparing couples by way of thorough preconception care to understand and optimise their overall health and fertility. She works on determining the underlying ‘drivers’ behind sub-fertility and recurrent miscarriage, incorporating thorough testing and treatments.
Doreen Schwegler is author of ‘Complete Health Overhaul” and co-authored 2 other books. Doreen also produces video health blogs, writes articles for health media and spoken in Australia and internationally on preconception health care and Natural Health. She has been interviewed on various podcasts discussing recurrent miscarriages, preconception care and healthy livingView Topic
Salvatore Battaglia holds qualifications in natural therapies, herbal medicine, acupuncture and aromatherapy. Salvatore’s dedication to aromatherapy has seen him hold positions in professional associations and government committees to ensure that the educational standards of professional aromatherapy are maintained and improved. Salvatore has been teaching aromatherapy since 1988.
He is the author of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy which was first published in 1994. This book is an internationally acclaimed text book for the study of aromatherapy and has been translated into Japanese and Korean.
In 2018, Salvatore completed the Volume I of the third edition of the book. He is also the author of Aromatree – a holistic guide to understanding and using aromatherapy, published in 2019 and Aromatherapy and Chakras – balancing your body’s energy centres for optimal health and wellbeing, published in 2020.
In May 2021, Volume III of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy will be launched. Volume III – Subtle and Psyche integrates principles of TCM into the practice of aromatherapy and explores the latest research into the spiritual dimension of scent and how it can be incorporated into any holistic practice.
He is an Honorary member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists. He regularly conducts aromatherapy masterclasses in Australia, USA, UK, Japan and Korea. He is the founder and co-owner of Perfect Potion whose purpose is to naturally enhance people’s lives.View Topic
David Fleming is the Director of Education for AMN Academy Ltd and creator of the AMN Academy Practitioner certifications taught to health and wellness practitioners all over the world.
A Holistic Health Practitioner, Personal Trainer and MSc to PhD student in Natural Medicine, David has 20 years of experience in helping thousands of clients with a vast range of pain and health complaints. David strives continuously to gain a deeper understanding of the physical and non-physical anatomy with a view to establishing the best ways to heal and ascend both in body and spirit.View Topic
Jay P. Shah, MD & Dr John Z Srbely
Myofascial Trigger Points and Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Exploring their Enigmatic Pathophysiology and Dynamic Clinical Manifestations
An important dichotomy in the current literature is whether the myofascial trigger point is a cause or effect of chronic myofascial pain. The Integrated Hypothesis is the current prevailing theory characterizing the enigmatic pathophysiology of chronic myofascial pain and posits that the myofascial trigger point (MTrP) is the primary pathologic focus (cause) mediating the clinical manifestations of chronic myofascial pain. According to this hypothesis, myofascial pain is triggered by an injury of the muscle, either acute or chronic, leading to local contracture as a result of spontaneous release of acetylcholine at a dysfunctional motor endplate.
Emerging research suggests, however, that neurogenic mechanisms may play a foundational role. Apropos, the Neurogenic Hypothesis proposes that the dynamic clinical manifestations of chronic myofascial pain are initiated, amplified and facilitated by central sensitization, in the absence of overload injury to the muscle. Central sensitization is caused by the persistent bombardment of nociceptive impulses from a primary pathologic source, either somatic (e.g., discopathy, degenerative joint, MTrPs, etc.) or visceral.
An important sequela to central sensitization is neurogenic inflammation, a neuro-inflammatory response caused by retrograde (anti-dromic) release of vasoactive and pro-inflammatory neuropeptides, predominantly SP, into peripheral tissues (either somatic and/or visceral) via sensory nerves. The Neurogenic Hypothesis suggests that the MTrP is a secondary manifestation (effect) of neurogenic inflammatory mechanisms expressed peripherally within skeletal muscle.
We will present novel animal model research from our lab demonstrating strong neuro-inflammatory responses in neuro-segmentally linked muscles and joint cartilage using both naturally occurring and experimentally induced spine osteoarthritis models. Our intriguing findings greatly enhance our understanding of the underlying neuro-inflammatory, neuro-segmental mechanisms in muscle, and elucidate the potential physiologic mechanisms contributing to the dynamic clinical manifestations of chronic myofascial pain.
Molecules of Energy: Herbal Energetics and Plant Chemistry
Traditional energetics is an important aspect of understanding the complexities of medicinal herbal application. The study of herbal energetics is different to the energetic medicine modalities. By understanding the energetics of the herbs as well as people, we can better develop an individual prescription that will provide unique and sustaining results.
Discover the essence of humoural theory and how it can enhance your holistic practice. Learn about traditional constitutional analysis, the four elements and humours of the body. Review well known herbal medicines and their energetic principles, including which preparation method can enhance or modify certain energetic properties. Elizabeth is a pharmacognosist and has used her passion for energetics and plant chemistry to draw parallels between the two. Reinvigorate your understanding of phytochemical compounds through understanding their energetic nature and deepen your understanding of herbs, their application and therapeutic effect in certain individuals. Specific herbs and foods will be explored to showcase the principles discussed in detail. Case studies will be reviewed using treatment approaches through the energetic lens.
Reflections on a Trauma-Informed Acupuncture Practice
The new buzz word in healthcare circles these days is to be trauma-informed. Acupuncture and the metaphorical language of eastern medicine and philosophy provides a rich substrate from which to understand and work with the somatic experiences of the emotions and their effect on our past, present and future living. This presentation is a reflection on many years working in a trauma-informed way as an acupuncturist, some of the non-negotiables, the challenges and the payoffs.
Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury: A Multimodality Approach
Chinese medicine and other Natural Medicine approaches can often be helpful in the management of musculoskeletal and sport-related complaints. During this lecture, Mark Shoring will introduce his approach to generally managing these complaints. To this end, a more detailed discussion of screening and channel testing will be initially discussed. This will be followed by a discussion on local and distal acupuncture point selection, needling and ‘deqi’ acquisition before concluding with a discussion of nutritional and herbal medicine managements approaches from both an external and internal perspective.
Neurological Assessment – Understanding the Clinical Implications of Neurological Findings
The reasoning for, and implications of neurological assessment, is unfortunately often poorly understood by many health practitioners. This presentation will explore a range of different neurological examination methods, describe the various mechanisms at play, discuss relevance and reliability of the testing procedures, and make clear what the clinical findings tell us about the presenting client’s complaint.
This presentation is designed for the health practitioner wanting to improve their understanding of, and ability to, conduct an effective neurological assessment and utilise the findings to inform and effective clinical intervention.
Graeme Tobyn (UK)
Culpeper's criticisms of the London pharmacopoeia and the responses of physicians
Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654) is well known as an early modern medical educator who translated the leading European medical writers of his time, providing for English doctors a body of work from the best contemporary medical authorities, and for his fellow countrymen an accessible explanation of Galenic medicine in the vernacular and a system of using native herbal medicines for low-cost healing. After the execution of Charles I and with publishing no longer subject to censorship in the period after the English Civil War, Culpeper controversially issued a translation of the Latin pharmacopoeia of the College of Physicians of London in which he evaluated the formulations of their compound prescriptions for safety, cost and effectiveness in a running commentary which also criticised the College for keeping the people in ignorance of useful medicines, mocked poor pharmacy practice and berated physicians for their avarice.
Following the coronation of Charles II in 1660 and Culpeper already long dead, his former publisher Peter Cole brought out a new, expensive edition of the translation intended for a medical profession re-establishing itself in the Restoration period. It was edited by three qualified physicians who censored the most extreme of Culpeper’s comments and took issue with his other concerns. This presentation explores the battle of words over the qualities and deficiencies of the first English pharmacopoeia and investigates an original, early modern appraisal of the safety and effectiveness of medicines which English pharmacy shops were required to stock and dispense.
Birth Preparation - what promotes normal birth? Evidence based tools for the clinician
Background: childbirth in Australia is becoming highly medicalised and rates of intervention are increasing dramatically, with an associated rise in morbidity and mortality. Evidence based complementary therapies have been shown to be effective during labour to manage pain, decrease intervention rates and assist in promoting ‘woman-centred’ care.
Multiple reviews of maternity services have called for a reduced in medical interventions and increase in education and support for physiological birth, however few hospital-based education programs provide alternatives to medical interventions. Preparation for birth with complementary therapies can be effective in reducing rates of intervention and increasing satisfaction with birth when implemented for women and partners, promoting education and bonding within the couple.
Purpose/objective: to provide background information about normal hormonal physiology for labour and demonstrate the techniques that promote this physiology. These tools and techniques are useful for clinicians to use in the context of clinic consultations, and enable them provide tools for women and their partners to use during a normal labour.
Methods: the birth techniques for promoting normal hormonal physiology for labour include five main evidence-based complementary medicine (CM) techniques. These include acupressure, massage, visualisation, breathing and yoga/upright positions for labour and birth, and are presented in a way that can be utilised within the clinical consultation.
Translation into practice: prebirth education incorporating evidence-based complementary medicine (CM) techniques, can have a significant impact on reducing the risk of epidural use and caesarean section, and their associated side effects. This talk provides information on the hormonal physiology of normal labour and shows clinicians evidence-based tools and techniques to assist women and partners to manage labour and birth.
Complementary and alternative medicine – ethics – its about the context.
Beauchamp and Childress the authors of Principles of Biomedical Ethics (7th ed 2013) suggest that ‘Principles, rules, obligations, and rights are not rigid or absolute standards that allow no compromise. Although “a person of principle” is sometimes regarded as strict and unyielding, principles must be balanced and specified so they can function in particular circumstance.’
The well-known ethical principles from Beauchamp and Childress of Autonomy, Non Maleficence, Beneficence and Justice come forth from bioethics and are based generally from the perspective of orthodox medicine. No doubt there is value for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in these ethical principles but their application requires a reassessment for the CAM context.
Some precepts of biomedicine ethics may raise significant issues with CAM practice such as:
- A CAM practitioner applying holistic healing may not seeking to heal anything but to enhance the wellness of a client may be considered from an orthodox medicine perspective as inappropriate over servicing practice?
- How does a CAM practitioner apply these ethical concepts where the focus is on a partnership treatment model?
- What is the appropriate ethical position when a CAM practitioner is working with a client who refuses to seek orthodox medicine when a referral might appear to be appropriate?
- what general approaches satisfy ethical practice for the benefit of the client or patient?
- How does a CAM practitioner demonstrate ethical practice within the relevant regulatory framework ie statutes; statutory codes and Boards?
- What protocols might assist the decision making in ethical issues?
This treatment will canvass the dilemmas and means by which CAM can and should apply ethical principles for the benefit of the client.
Delphine Armand (France), Johanne Picard-Scott (USA)
Efficiency and Efficacy of Dr. Tan's Balance Method Acupuncture for Medical Humanitarian Missions
Dr. Tan’s Balance Method Acupuncture is revolutionizing the practice of Acupuncture worldwide. Nowhere are the advantages of such a practice more aptly appreciated than on acupuncture humanitarian missions abroad where efficiency and immediate efficacy is critical. Dr. Tan’s Balance Method not only rises to the task of such missions but holds the key to propagating and promoting low-cost holistic healing practices in places most in need of primary healthcare.
Dr. Delphine Armand is one of the founder’s of the Global Balance Foundation, an organization that has started to transmit the efficacy of this method through humanitarian missions – currently in Cambodia and Haiti. She and one of the mission participants will present and highlight the successes of the Balance Method Acupuncture applied in these recent humanitarian missions.
Epistemology of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Concepts
The epistemology of Ayurveda is based on the relation between microcosm and macrocosm involving five basic elements (mahabhoota), three dynamic principles similar to humors (dosha), seven types of tissues (dhatus) and many other unique concepts. An introduction to basic concepts may be useful for those who are not familiar with epistemology of Ayurveda. In general, Ayurveda is experiential, intuitive and holistic, subjective and objective, science and art, whereas that of the modern medicine is based more on experimental, analytical and reductive reasoning. It has passed the test of time, proving its usefulness and robustness in its ability to provide health and wellness.
Ayurveda is uniquely patient-oriented where the Ayurvedic physician diagnoses, treats and dispenses medicine to every individual patient. This important principle can form the basis for a form of personalized medicine which will give maximum therapeutic efficacy and high safety to a particular person with a particular disorder, under specified conditions depending on individual constitution, and properties of materials. Prakruti (unique mind-body complex) specific prescription may also include supportive therapies, diet and life-style advice so as to regain physiological balance, finally resulting in the removal of the disorder.
A number of research groups are now investigating the correlation between Ayurvedic phenotypes and individual human genotypes. A pioneering study showed significant correlation between HLA alleles and Ayurvedic Prakruti type.
Keywords: Ayurveda, Prakruti, Epistemology, mahabhoota, mind-body complex
Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System in Endometriosis
Endometriosis is an oestrogen dependent, chronic inflammatory disease characterised by the presence of lesions containing endometrial-like tissue outside the uterine cavity. Endometriosis impacts approximately 800,000 women in Australia and around 180 million worldwide with a prevalence of between 5-10%. Symptoms of endometriosis include severe period pain and chronic pelvic pain, alongside a constellation of other symptoms including poor mental health, gastrointestinal issues, fatigue and infertility. Not surprisingly, it also negatively impacts women’s wellbeing, social activities, academic studies and work, sexual relationships and quality of life. Whilst many women experience benefit from current surgical and pharmaceutical management, there is a significant portion who do not, and our team’s research has focused on the self-management strategies that women utilise for managing their endometriosis symptoms, including their use of cannabis.
This talk will focus on an introduction to the Endocannabinoid System and how it may be involved in endometriosis. Reviewing the evolving literature, we will investigate the proposed mechanisms of action that cannabis may play a role in via reducing pain and improving other associated symptoms. From there, we will explore the research our team has conducted both in Australia and New Zealand investigating how women have used illicit cannabis to manage their endometriosis-related pain and symptoms, looking at the different dosage forms used, self-rated effectiveness and how cannabis has reduced the use of certain pharmaceutical medications (often called the substitution effect) across both cohorts, including the opiate, benzodiazepine and anti-depressant classes.
Understanding Iron Studies Results in Clinical Practice
Iron studies testing is one of the most fundamental blood tests that we see in clinical practice. But how well do you know this common test? Do you know what to look for when reading results and what do you do when you find abnormalities?
In this workshop we will be taking you through what is involved in iron studies testing and how it can be useful in your practice. We will be covering what is tested in an iron studies test. What each marker means for your patient. How these tests are performed. Special considerations to keep in mind when testing and receiving results. As well as when to test for and how to read iron studies test results.
Many clues can be discovered in iron studies results that can lead to the diagnosis of significant pathologies. It is so important as a practitioner to know what to look for and what to do if you find something. In this workshop we look at the connection between abnormal iron studies test results and: digestive diseases, dysbiosis, iron toxicity diseases, medications, gynaecological disease, cancers, inflammatory diseases, hepatic diseases, malabsorption, oestrogen therapy and pregnancy just to name a few. We also take you through some case studies to better understand how clues to pathology manifest in patient cases and results.
Iron studies testing should be a fundamental part of any integrative clinician’s practice. Learn how to better understand this pathology test to help improve patient outcomes in your clinical practice.
Preconception Testing Options - Why Knowing Matters
Infertility affects around 15% of couples of reproductive age. The health of the baby is governed by the health of the parents at the time of conception. When seeing a couple who are wanting to conceive, testing is vital to ensure their nutrient status is adequate, they are immune to Rubella, clear of infections, have low levels of inflammation and of an optimal BMI and that their ‘working parts’ (uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and sperm) are in order.
My preconception clients fall into 3 main groups:
- Preconception couples and single women who want to prepare their bodies in the best way possible
- Couples and single women who have been trying for some time with no success, who may have used assisted reproductive techniques like IVF unsuccesfully
- Women who have conceived and have either miscarried, had an abnormality detected and have chosen to end the pregnancy or who have had a child with an issue – e.g. low birth weight or prematurity and want to do everything they can to reduce the likelihood of reoccurrence.
All of these groups may include special consideration subgroups like ‘older’ women (over 38 years old), women with specific hormonal issues (like PCOS, anovulation and endometriosis) and specific issues like concurrent autoimmune conditions, inflammatory bowel disease or a history of toxic environmental exposure.
I will describe testing considerations in all 3 categories that includes baseline testing across all groups, extra tests in the more challenging groups and optional functional tests as well as male testing.
Tests discussed will include:
- Sympto-Thermal Charting
- Pathology Tests – blood, urine
- ‘Egg Timer’ Testing
- Scans and laparoscopy
- Functional tests including Hair mineral tests, Omega 3, Hormones (DUTCH), Microbiome and Genetic testing, Live Blood, Oxidative Stress test.
At the conclusion, participants will be armed with practical testing considerations with preconception clients.
The Spiritual Dimension of Scent
In this presentation I will examine the role of scent within spiritual practices and how this relates to the way we use essential oils today. Integrating concepts of spirituality into mainstream healthcare practices can be, and is challenging. The role of scent within a contemporary spiritual framework is often marginalised to ‘new age’ practices that do not offer any real, scientific basis to support the practice of aromatherapy. However, the latest research in neurobiology is helping us to make sense of many of the traditional therapeutic practices involving essential oils.
I propose that there are six principal factors that contribute to the spiritual dimension of scent. They are:
- sacred space
We will explore the latest research underpinning these six factors and how they contribute to the spiritual dimension of scent. Understanding these factors not only helps us gain more spiritual clarity, they also provide us with a better understanding of the therapeutic role of essential oils.
I will explain why aromatherapy is in a unique position to act as the bridge between biomedicine and complementary therapies and why no other therapy is able to influence the psyche like essential oils.
Stress, meditation, nature and the brain
In this lecture David provides the ‘big picture’ on the position and interaction of biology within the universe and details the influence of stress on brain health. Covering information on awareness, subtle energy, meditation and the need for nature’s resources, a new perspective on health emerges.
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