• Oriental Medicine Practitioner and Researcher

    Oriental Medicine Practitioner and Researcher

    Currently doing my MSc dissertation, my main research interest lies in Multiple Sclerosis care and rehabilitation in its relevance to Oriental Medicine.

    Appreciating the world as an organic whole and using dialectical logic, I contribute my part in making sense of the current and changing it.

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Shiatsu for Multiple Sclerosis

From Anecdotes to Evidence
Treating Multiple Sclerosis patients with Shiatsu today is not enough. It's time to build an evidence base, informing patients, practitioners and policy makers for the possibilities.
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Preliminary: An attempt of an acupuncture proponent to improve an existing article in Wikipedia was resisted by skeptic administrators who supported the notion that acupuncture is a pseudoscience and use their power position to censor scientific evidence. A petition by The Acupuncture Now Foundation and a blogpost by the editor of the BMJ Acupuncture in Medicine journal, was followed by articles and comments from skeptics and proponents (1, 2) and a response from the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, while the controversy reach Chinese (1,2,3,4), African and western media.

A Brief Personal Overview

The congress was held in a nice venue in Greenwich, between 16-18 of September. The organizers did everything possible for a successful meeting and supported the participants and attendants with all their heart. About 45 practitioners participated, representing many countries, including: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, France, Greece (with Finland embedded), Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

A Brief Evaluation of a Recent Report on an Acupuncture Research.
Following an intensive period of attacks against Complementary-Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Finnish media, a recent article announced that while hormone treatment is effective, acupuncture have no effect in hot flushes of menopausal women over 40 yo and thus it should not be used. The article is based in a quite robust research from Australia, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The present proposal is aimed to brainstorming of Shiatsu Practitioners and teachers in Shiatsu Schools in Finland. Written exchange of opinions is suggested before a face-to-face discussion meeting which could define further steps toward drawing a roadmap for the professionalization of Shiatsu in the country.