Redefining the future of Traditional, Complementary and
Alternative Medicine in Middle East and Africa
12-14th DECEMBER, 2023
Dr. Shyam has over 20 years of Ayurveda experience across 19 countries and has been the mastermind of over 66 Ayurveda / wellness projects. An icon of Ayurveda across the globe, Dr. Shyam was the first licensed Ayurveda physician in the UAE by the Ministry of Health. Very recently, Dr. Shyam was awarded the Ministry of Health Award 2019, UAE for his immense contributions to improve Healthcare in UAE – 2019. He’s also been bestowed with several back to back Health excellence awards by the Dubai Health Authority in 2017 and 2018.
Dr. Shyam is a revered columnist on Ayurveda & wellbeing and has authored over 1000 columns in 15 years for Gulf News. Dr. Shyam also serves on the board of several committees and is a member of the International Expert Consultation Meeting (IECM) 2019 on WHO Benchmarks documents for the practice in Ayurveda & Unani medicine.
Dr. Benazir is a skilled Traditional Complementary and Alternative medicine (TCAM) professional specialising in Unani medicine, Cupping therapy and Hijama. She has over 23 years of total work experience in hospitals and clinics & 19 years of that in the Middle East alone. As the Medical Director at Cleopatra’s Spa & Wellness, Dr. Benazir treats chronic conditions through Unani medicine, Hijama that includes wet and dry cupping, face cupping, lifestyle coaching and also treats musculoskeletal conditions through Unani regimental therapies.
Dr. Benazir has also served as an examiner on the TCAM board of Examiners, Ministry of Health, UAE since 2007. In April 2019, she was bestowed an award by the Ministry of Health, UAE for her valuable efforts & contribution in examining the TCAM practitioners in UAE.
Dr. Adel Salman Al-Sayyad, MD, ABFM, LSHTM, MSc is a consultant public health, family medicine and epidemiology in Ministry of Health, Bahrain. Since 2010, he is the Chief of Disease Control Section at the Ministry of Health, Bahrain and is leading the case investigation and contract tracing team for Covid-19 in Bahrain. Dr. Adel attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) where he attained his diploma and Master degree in Epidemiology in 2005.
Dr. Adel also finds himself passionate about imparting knowledge and is currently a part time associate professor of family and community medicine in Arabian Gulf University (AGU). When it comes to publications, Dr. Adel has more than 45 published articles related to primary care, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, health system research, public health, and epidemiology.
Vice President, National Chiropractic Sports Council, UAE
Being born into a family of influential doctors and even marrying one; medicine was never just a career choice, but rather a way of life and a natural passion for Dr. Ludmila Vasiliev. She discovered the principle of Optimum Disease, showing that any sickness is not a suffering but a way of Healing. Her strong beliefs propelled her to study and master Traditional Medicine through the science of Iridology, Homeopathy, Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda in addition to her Doctorate in Modern Medicine and a PhD in Cardiology with Stereo Mathematics and Quantum Physics, to recognize that life and Health are based on energy flow. While working as a General Practitioner and a Consultant for the State University Hospital in Donetsk, Ukraine, Dr. Ludmila also conceived and established the pioneering medical concept of Holistic Healing Medicine that combined Western Science with Eastern Wisdom.
She founded her first Homeopathic Centre in Ukraine, which later expanded to several branches throughout Ukraine and Russia. After several years of successful practice, she discovered the high potential of the UAE’s ability for Health Regeneration and thus initiated the process of recognizing Traditional Medicine in the UAE. She then became the first officially licensed Doctor by the Ministry of Health, practicing Homeopathy in Dubai. The philosophy of Dr. Ludmila continues to be the implementation of a Holistic Lifestyle to heal disease and restore health. She is working on a series of books and projects that represent her vision for Holistic Healing Medicine as a complete System for the 21st Century.
George Malcolm Gregory is a highly respected osteopath, and a greatly appreciated member of the Dubai community.
He is an inspirational leader to his team of six osteopaths and five physiotherapists. He has a strong work ethic and expects the same high standards from his team. As team leader he is always available to discuss cases and enjoys exchanging ideas about best approaches to help patients.
At the age of 77, he continues to work hard on maintaining his fitness which in turn gives him the strength and vitality to keep helping his patients.
Consultant Namat Alsubaie has been awarded by Majesty King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s Royal Order to the medal to frontline healthcare professionals “Prince Salman bin Hamad Medical Merit” 2021, in appreciation of theisr tireless efforts and honorable sacrifices in combatting COVID-19 and preserving public health.
Al Subaie has completed her MSc in Quality Health Care Management, (RCSI), diploma in sick children, Dublin – Ireland and has got certificate for cupping therapy from Sharjah International Holistic Health Center, she is also certified Auditor and Jurisdiction Officer at NHRA.
Dr. Namat has gained a comprehensive experience in alternative medicine through searching regulating alternative medicine different professions. Currently she is the chairperson for the Advisory Committee on Licensing of Alternative Medicine and Complementary Medicine Committee and Equal Opportunity Committee (Supreme Council of Women (SCW) Bahrain and GCC Alternative and Complementary Medicine Committee, as well as discipline committee for Nurses and Midwifes, since 2015 till date.
Dr. Namat has been solely responsible for pushing the agenda when it comes to regulating alternative medicine in the Kingdom of Bahrain through the issuance of Resolution no (33) of 2016. She has also been behind the master idea of issuing permit license for the Bahraini traditional cupping since October 2017.
Naturopathic Doctor, Heal Hub Rehabilitation Centre, Dubai, UAE
With a passion for the body’s innate healing power and the integration of naturopathic medicines and therapies, Faryal offers patients comprehensive naturopathic medical care and education to optimize their health and wellbeing. Using a holistic approach, Faryal strives to uncover the root cause of disease through clinical experience and the use of innovative laboratory assessments. Treatment plans are tailor-made to suit each individual’s specific needs and goals, while supporting the individual’s inherent capacity to self-heal.
Treatment modalities incorporate functional medicine approaches and include clinical nutrition therapy, botanical medicines, Chinese medicine and acupuncture/cupping, combination homeopathic remedies, supplementation, and lifestyle counselling. Dr. Luhar has a focus on Women’s Health however she treats a wide range of conditions from pain syndromes such as migraines, to chronic diseases such as diabetes. Removing obstacles to health and restoring physiology and function facilitates healthy ageing, stronger immunity, sharper mental clarity, and enhanced emotional wellbeing. Prevention is at the heart of Naturopathic Medicine and as such Faryal also promotes gene-based healthcare by offering patients a glance at their own genetic susceptibilities towards disease and empowers them to become the author of their own health journey.
Dr. Faryal Luhar graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Canada. She has been in practice for a combined 17 years starting initially in Canada and currently splits her practice time between South Africa and Dubai. She has published several articles in leading wellness magazines and is a lifelong learner. She has also been featured on tv and radio several times. Faryal sees every patient as a “teacher”. She aims to empower and educate her patients to take charge of their health by living a happy, balanced life full of vitality and possibilities.
Prof. Abdullah Alabdulgader is the founder and chief cardiologist at the Prince Sultan Cardiac Center – Alhasa- Saudi Arabia. He is a Senior Congenital Heart Consultant, Senior Pediatric and adult Electrophysiologist ,Cardiac Electrical Devices Implanter. He is also the General Director, Research Center, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia.
Prof. Abdullah likes to regard himself as a thinker, philosopher, neurocardiologist and a cardiac astrophysical scientist. He has been the World Gold Medal Awardee (WOSCO 2012) and is also a member of the Royal College of physicians of United Kingdom (London, Glasgow and Edinburgh).
Biography – Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad Saifi received his Bachelor degree in Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) from India and Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) from the USA. He practiced naturopathic medicine in a center of repute for Health and Wellness in the heart of Hollywood for 9 years. He is presently settled and sees patients in Dubai, UAE.
Dr. Saifi strongly believes in the connection between mind, body, and spirit and that there is an inherent ability of the body to heal itself. Due to his multidisciplinary educational and practical background in Unani and Naturopathic Medicine, he brings a unique, personal approach to health & healing combining herbal medicine, nutrient therapy, physical medicine, nutrition, Hijama (Cupping therapy) and lifestyle counseling to customize a natural, non-toxic treatment plan for each individual.
Dr. Sinsen Joseph has completed his BHMS and MD(Hom), from the prestigious Government Homeopathic Medical College, Calicut, India. After his brief stint as a medical officer with the Department of Homeopathy (Now AYUSH), Govt. of Kerala he moved to Dubai and was the first licensed homeopathic specialist in the Middle East. Simultaneously, he was awarded the license to practice in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Dr. Sinsen Joseph has worked as a Medical Director of Lakeshore Medical Center. Dr. Sinsen is also an integral member of the TCAM core committee of UAE. Dr. Sinsen has participated in several epidemic disease management programs and actively involved in Covid-19 related homeopathic management care. He regularly conducts various webinars, TV shows, radio talks & writing columns in journals and magazines on various topics such as health, homeopathy, block chain, artificial intelligence, data science etc. Very recently, he has completed his PhD in homeopathy from homeopathy university in Jaipur.
Dr. Sinsen currently works as a Medical officer, Govt. Homeo dispensary, Perumbavoor, Kerala, India
Dr Syed has over 25 years of experience in the field of Unani Medicine. He did his graduation in Unani Medicine.( B.U.M.S) from Govt Nizamia Unani Medical College, Hyderabad, India in 1997 and Post Graduation in Developmental Rehabilitation ( P.G.D.D.R) from OSMANIA University in 2000. He is a Licensed practitioner in Unani Medicine in UAE since 2002 and Licensed Hijama practitioner in UAE since 2005 . He has worked for reputed Medical Centers in Dubai and Sharjah before starting Al Hijama Alternative Medical Center in Sharjah in 2010.
He believes that no one system of medicine can give complete cure to certain ailments hence integration of different systems of medicine is a must to treat certain cases . With this belief, expanded the medical center to accommodate other Alternative Medicine streams under one roof in 2017.
Al Biraa Clinic, UAE
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