The London Forum of Traditional Chinese Medicine has been successfully held at the Royal Society of Medicine at London on the 13-14 of July 2013. The forum was jointly organised by the World Federation of Chinese medicine Societies (WFCMS), The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK (ATCM) and the Pan-Europe Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Societies (PEFOTS). There were about 150 people from the UK and other European countries as well as various area of China attended the forum.
The opening ceremony was chaired by the vice president of ATCM Dr. Huijun Shen. Dr. Kaicun Zhao, the president of ATCM, gave a opening speech in representation of ATCM, welcoming all the participants. This was followed by a speech from Dr. Ramón M. Calduch in representation of PEFOTS. The chair of European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA) , Mr. Michael McIntyre, also arrived at the forum and gave a brief talk on the progress of the statutory regulation of herbal medicine and TCM practitioners in the UK. Mr. Nick Pahl, the chief executive of British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), presented a talk on the development of acupuncture profession in the UK.
The reports presented by key note speakers from China, Hong Kong and UK were warmly welcomed by the participants. There were actively interactive discussions between the speakers and the audiences. Prof. Jingyan Han gave a talk with a title of The Mechanism of Cardiotonic Pills®, a Chinese Medicine Compound, to Prevent Myocardial Microcirculatory Disturbances and Myocardial Damage Induced by Ischemia and Reperfusion ; Prof. Weikang Wu gave a talk with a title of The Effects and Regularity of Chinese Herbal Medicine in Protecting Vascular Endothelium ; and Prof. Zhongzhen Zhao gave a talk with a title of Inheritance and Innovation of Chinese Medicine—-Cultural Heritage, Chinese Medicinal Resources, Authentication and Processing.; Dr. Yuling Ma talked with her personal experiences about West Meets East: From Cellular Biology to Chinese Medicine —- A Path towards ‘Enlightenment’. On the forum, there were total 17 speakers gave talks and shared their research studies and clinical experiences with all participants.
On the second day of the forum, ATCM has organized a special CPD session. Prof. Han, Prof. Wu and Prof. Zhao kindly gave lectures again to ATCM members. Their reports were well received. The lectures demonstrated the scientific basis underlying the Chinese medicine practice and theories. The talks also showed the most updated development in scientific research of traditional Chinese medicine. All participants were fully engaged by their talks.