Redefining the future of Traditional, Complementary and
Alternative Medicine in Middle East and Africa
12-14th DECEMBER, 2023
Tuesday, December 13 2023
Wednesday, 15 June 2022
The mainstream medicine in Israel is strongly influenced by conservative western medicine. When public demand called for additional approaches, a governmental committee issued positive recommendations on integration of Complementary Medicine within healthcare services.
Technology has been pivotal for modern healthcare innovation and excellence. The TCAM industry is no different. Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, Robotic Process Automation are all making inroads into the TCAM sector. How relevant will they be?
Tech to the rescue! How can TCAM practitioners leverage frontier technologies for healthy living?
As we gradually emerge out of the threat of the pandemic, people have started to perceive health and wellbeing in a different sense. There is a focus on holistic health and overall wellbeing along with maintaining high levels of immunity.
The ground reality of immunity – where do we stand in a post-pandemic world?
According to a study commissioned by Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi, more than half of UAE residents have been affected by heart disease during their lifetime. Homeopathy medicines and treatments have said to improve heart health and improve the symptoms of heart failure
How can homeopathy help us overcome cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of mortality worldwide?
According to the WHO, health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being not merely absence of disease or infirmity, as defined by our master 200 years ago. With the sedentary lifestyle we lead today, there is an imbalance.
Breaking the sedentary lifestyle – will homeopathy play a major role?
Clinical rules for accupoint selection and prescription composition in treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome with acupuncture
Can acupuncture be the answer to Middle East fertility woes?
Several research papers that have been published found that chiropractic treatment can be highly effective in leading a healthy sustainable lifestyle
How can chiropractic help improve quality of life?
Constant practice of yoga has led to optimal levels of mental and physical health. Yoga improves flexibility, cardiovascular health, muscle strength, mindfulness etc. Certain studies have also shown that yoga can significantly reduce blood pressure, chronic pain and diseases such as arthritis.
Is Yoga fast emerging to be Middle East’s go to therapy for a holistic lifestyle?
Wednesday, December 14 2023
Suraj Rao, Conference Organiser, GL Exhibitions
The human heart is a sensitive detector, which is reactive to geological, geophysical, and astrophysical changes. At unique historical intersection with the ancient civilizations, we documented the biophysical bases of the dominance of human heart as a king of organs which pulsate in great symphony with the universe.
What does ancient wisdom mean for modern cardiac sciences?
Ayurveda as a form of holistic medicine has existed for over 5000 years now. At present Ayurveda is one of the fastest growing CAM therapies across the world. Pain management seems to be one of the biggest areas where Ayurveda has shown to be extremely effective and efficient.
How can we address pain management concerns through Ayurveda?
According to recent studies, about 92% of all women regardless of their age suffer from one or the other gynaecological disorder. Ayurveda helps women overcome these challenges through its holistic philosophies, theories, treatments and drugs.
What can Ayurveda offer to improve women’s health?
As people prioritise emotional, physical and mental well-being, resorts, spas and wellness retreats have catered to this global shift in lifestyle. In the UAE alone, the demand for holistic wellness therapies is soaring as people look to achieve a better quality of life.
How are wellness retreats, spas, resorts and holistic health centres driving the wellness agenda in the Middle East?
Osteopathic medicine focuses on helping every person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. Through a hands-on approach and the full benefits of modern medicine, osteopathic medicine can be a distinct pathway for the Middle East to achieve holistic health.
How can Osteopathic medicine help the Middle East better holistic health?
Hijama or Cupping therapy is an age-old treatment that has been in existence for centuries. As a regimental therapy, it involves drawing of blood through small skin incisions. Hijama can help provide a proper regulation for blood pressure thereby lowering the high blood pressure. Through hijama, thicker blood can be drawn out of the body which enables lighter blood to flow through the entire body. This helps maintaining ideal blood pressure levels. Along with significant benefits of high blood pressure, hijama also helps regulating the salt and potassium as well.
IDG B – Naturopathy for disease prevention and to maintain holistic health
Naturopathic medicine looks to treat the whole body rather than the specific disease. Naturopathy when blended with modern medicine, can have immense benefits. One of the major philosophies of naturopathic medicine is that the body can heal itself when it is balanced. Naturopathy focuses on the patient’s diet, stress, lifestyle, living conditions to create a profile. By doing so, naturopathic practitioners can focus on preventive health and help avoid future diseases. Naturopathy can also help with chronic illnesses and offset the side effects of modern medicine when treating a disease.
IDG C – Tai Chi to help reduce chronic pain
Tai Chi is an ancient exercise therapy that has now become an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Practitioners have increasingly been resorting to Tai Chi as an alternative therapy for patients suffering from arthritis and other chronic pain conditions. Over a long period of time, patients have also reported increased flexibility, balance and even with mental health illnesses.
IDG D – Aromatherapy
The WHO estimates that there are 3000 migraine attacks per million in a day worldwide. There aren’t any definitive symptoms or distinct biomarkers for migraine, the diagnosis is usually based on a few combinations of typical symptoms. While migraine is majorly treated using modern medicine, aromatherapy can be an excellent complementary therapy. But what exactly is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils extracted from plants for both physiological and psychological treatment. Essential oils made from lavender, peppermint, coconut etc can not only reduce migraine symptoms such as nausea, depression and insomnia but also help abort frequent migraine attacks if not completely cure migraine.
The Middle East is one of the wealthiest regions in the world, this has led to the emergence of several lifestyle diseases amongst the population. Some of the most common ones include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis.
How effective is Unani medicine to treat these chronic conditions and prevent future chronic illness?
The Covid-19 pandemic has made us realise the importance of immunity and maintaining a high level of overall well-being. Unani medicine which has been in existence for several decades, has drugs, treatments and therapies that can boost immunity against a variety of diseases.
Can Unani medicine boost immunity against future diseases?
Thyroid diseases affect an estimated 200 million people worldwide with women being approximately 7 fold more likely to be affected. A 2020 study shows a prevalence of 5% in the UAE.
Hashimoto thyroiditis is an auto-immune disease of the thyroid involving the formation of antibodies which attack the thyroid tissue, causing progressive fibrosis. Women are affected more than men with a ratio of 10:1. The conventional medical approach to Hashimoto’s is to manage thyroid hormone levels just as in other cases hypothyroidisim, with the use of thyroid medication. While medication might be helpful, this approach fails to address the root cause issues that are driving immune dysfunction and tissue damage.
How can Naturopathic interventions halt and even reverse this thyroid disease process?
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