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    Dry Needling? A perspective from Portugal.

    By Bruno Custódio

    Published on December 22 2019

    Have you ever wondered what Dry Needling is?

    Astonishingly or not, many colleagues do not know what it is.

    Simply put, as Physiotherapists (PTs) noticed the therapeutic potential of Acupuncture on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), in order to be able to perform it, but also avoid any potential confrontations (or lawsuits) from other health professionals, namely MDs and L.Ac., they felt the need to give Acupuncture another name: Dry Needling was born.

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    Perspectives: On Gui Zhi Tang…

    By Georgette Young

    Published on November 24 2019

    Gui Zhi Tang (GZT) is one of the most popular formulas found in many TCM practitioner’s clinics.  In fact, if you could only stock 10 classical formulas, this would be a #1 choice.   It has often been thought to be the major leader of all other formulas.  In Chinese medical school, GZT is presented first and taught in the study of the Shang Han Lun (SHL) from two different applications – narrow and broad.  If you understand the design of this formula, then you will then understand the construction of all other formulas within the parameter of the 6 levels: Tai Yang, Shao Yang, Yang Ming, Tai Yin, Jue Yin, and Shao Yin.

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    "Google Tips the Scales"

    Google making it difficult to access Alternative Health Sites

    Published on September 02 2019

    ETCMA came across with this article about, Google making it difficult to access Alternative Health Sites saing that is doing so to Protect People from “Dangerous” Medical Advice.

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    WCATCMXXI Congress 2019

    1st World Congress of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for the 21st Century (

    Published on July 14 2019

    The 1st World Congress of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for the 21st Century (WCATCMXXI), will take place on November 9th and 10th, in the Estoril Congress Center, one of the most beautiful places in the world, really close to Lisbon.

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    WHO Forum - ICD11

    ETCMA Rothenburg Event 2019

    Published on July 14 2019

    Another great event with record numbers of attendees, which reveals well the importance of this event. Dr. Stéphane Espinosa from the WHO, took us step by step by the all the challenges and obstacles it had to overcome in this project.

    We would like to highlight the importance of ICD 11 chapter 26 in the preserving the language of the tradition. Some countries will adopt it for especially for their national statistics, other will not. This is important because their legal framework.

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    Your Voice for CAM in Brussels

    Published on July 14 2019





    WHO is Eurocam?

    Eurocam unites European umbrella organisations representing patients and trained health professionals, including medical doctors, veterinarians and other practitioners in the sector of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), covering a broad spectrum of modalities, including acupuncture, Ayurveda, anthroposophy, herbal medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy and traditional Chinese medicine.

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    Switzerland and China

    Proposed the creation of a new medical health care profession in Switzerland

    Published on May 06 2019

    In November 2018 a meeting between a chinese delegation of different associations of chinese TCM doctors coordinated by the Chinese embassador, the department of ecomonics (SECO) and several Swiss federal departments of Health care (BAG, SRK, etc) and the TCM Fachverband Schweiz as well as ASA (TCM Association of Swiss medical doctors) took place.

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    The CAM Inquiry

    in Sweden

    Published on April 25 2019

    In April 2017, the Swedish government appointed a special investigator to explore several issues concerning “care and treatment other than that conducted in the established care”. The inquiry was titled The CAM Inquiry, CAM being the abbreviation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In July 2018, the inquiry received an additional task to review the paragraph of the Patient Safety Act that concerns treatment by non-licensed therapists (formerly “the quackery law”) (a law which have not existed in Sweden since 1969 SATCMs  comment.) and the accompanying penal provisions.

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    Acupuncture Research Resouce Centre Symposium

    ARRC 2019

    Published on April 23 2019

    On the 23th of March the Acupuncture Research Resouce Centre symposium (ARRC) was organised in London, with the support of the British Acupuncture Council.

    The ETCMA was represented by John Jaarsveld, Head of Research.


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    Spanish Government’s against TCM

    Foundation of Natural Therapies

    Published on April 04 2019

    In Spain, the socialist government is carrying out an unprecedented crusade against Natural Therapies, which means a violation of the European Charter of Patients’ rights and a direct attack to all professionals who practise these therapies.

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