Scientific Program

Day 1 :

  • Complementary Medicine today | Integrative Medicine | Herbal Medicine
Location: Dubai, UAE
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Abstract:

The contemporary study presents the documentation of Wild edible plant species used for the treatment of diseases by the traditional communities of Northern Pakistan. The data was documented using semi-structured interviews based questionnaires from different localities at high altitudes of Pakistan.  A total of 53 wild edible fruit species belonging to 27 families of angiosperms was reported. The species of Berberis lycium, Ficus carica, Juglans regia, Morus alba, Morus nigra, Olea ferruginea, Punica granatum and Diospyros lotus are reported to be most frequently used in folk medicine treating a number of diseases. The frequently used part (s) of plants was fruit in fresh or dry form, followed by leaves and powdered form. Demographic information revealed that the folk knowledge is invariably prevailing in the region, more common in the older generation as well as in local herbalists than the younger one. This study recommended the sustainable use of edible wild fruit species based on conservation and cultivation of edible wild fruits in valley for generations in order to preserve the rich heritage of local inhabitants.

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Biography:

Ala’a Al-Bakheit is Assistant Professor in Nutrition at the Department of Nutrition and Food Processing at Al-Balqa Applied University in Jordan. She received her Bachelor's and Master degrees in Nutrition and Food Technology from University of Jordan in 2005 and 2007, respectively. She completed her PhD in Nutrition in 2014 from the University of East Anglia in UK. Her research interests focus on cancer and nutrients effects on human health. She is member of the Agricultural Engineers Association and hold a professional certificate in Nutrition from the Ministry of Health in Jordan.

Abstract:

Statement of the Problem: Varthemia iphionoides is a therapeutic plant from Jordan that has various health benefit activities including antibacterial, antioxidant and anticancer properties. However, its anti-inflammatory properties have not been widely investigated. Inflammation has key role for the development of many chronic diseases, notably cancer. In Jordan, prostate cancer cases are increasing. Therefore, finding a medicinal plant easily available in nature with an anti-inflammatory property considered important for the development of low-cost plant–based medicine that is beneficial for cancers including prostate cancer. The purpose of this study is to explore the anti-inflammatory property of V. iphionoides in in vitro cell models of human non-cancerous fibroblast MRC-5 and prostate cancerous PC3 cells. Methodology: the anti-inflammatory effect was measured by the levels of interleukin-6 in MRC-5 and PC3 cells challenged with a pro-inflammatory stimulus, bacterial lipopolysaccharide. Findings: there was a significant reduction in lipopolysaccharide-induced interleukin-6 secretion in response to V. iphionoides (125 μg/mL) in both MRC-5 and PC3 cells. However, the aqueous extract of the plant showed a stronger anti-inflammatory effect in MRC-5 cells, while the methanolic extract was more effective in PC3 cells. The reduction of interleukin-6 production in response to V. iphionoides was not due to its cytotoxicity, and further studies are required to clarify the mechanisms of the action by which this medicinal plant modifies inflammatory responses. Conclusion: aqueous and methanolic extracts of V. iphionoides showed a potential protective property against pro-inflammatory stimuli in human fibroblasts and prostate cancer cells, and it is important to identify the extracts’ phytochemical compounds responsible for this property.

 

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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim earnt a BSc Chemistry (University of Surrey, UK) and PhD (University of Exeter, UK). She spent her entire academic career studying the medicinal and aromatic plants of Mauritius and also of the Indian Ocean creating the first ever database and has published extensively in this area. Author of 28 books and research papers, she translated her academic research work into an enterprise CIDP Research and Innovation, specialising in the production of innovative ingredients for the food, cosmetic and pharma sectors as well as validating traditional knowledge for novel innovative products. She has participated in several international conferences and lectured across the world.

Abstract:

The African continent has an estimated over 216 M ha of closed forest area and houses 40-45.000 higher plant species with huge untapped potential. Africa contributes 25% of the global pool of plant genetic resources currently being traded. While over 5.000 plants are used medicinally, few have been described and studied. This gross under-utilisation is further challenged with massive loss of biodiversity averaging 1% as opposed to a global 0.6%.

In spite of these challenges, Africa traditional knowledge has helped to contribute to the world’s leading commercial medicinal plants, albeit on the low side (83 out of the 1100). Among them are the following: Madagascan Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus), Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procrumbens), Rauwolfia (Rauwolfia vomitoria) amongst others which have been explored for their medicinal value. On the cosmetic side, Shea butter (Vitteleria paradoxa) as well as the oil of the Baobab (Adansonia digitata), Rooibos extract (Aspalathus linearis) Honey bush (Cyclopia sp.) are fast becoming the hallmark of the continent. With so much potential and diversity, why is African ‘absent’ on the international scene. It is becoming increasingly clear that the potential for the business is enormous. Research works are increasingly pointing to this huge untapped potential. This presentation will present some of the recent results from the standpoint of standardized herbal extracts; novel essential oils from the local flora, as well as new leads for for the pharma and cosmetic industries.

  • Acupuncture | Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Location: Dubai, UAE

Session Introduction

Edith Guba

Dao Yuan Schule fuer Qigong, Germany

Title: Qi, the Miracle Power
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Edith Guba heads the Dao Yuan School for Qigong, which she founded in Germany together with her teacher, the Chinese Qigong Master Guo Bingsen. The aim of the school was and is the dissemination of traditional Chinese Qigong methods at a level that can maintain their traditional quality.

In their close collaboration, Guo Bingsen and Edith Guba have also translated the Dao De Jing, a fundamental work of Chinese philosophy, into French and German.

Abstract:

Contrary to some western translations, the old Chinese philosophy understands "Qi" not only as "energy", but as "energy matter" in a very modern sense. Traditional Chinese Qigong works with this "energy-matter" - a phenomenon that can pass from the energetic to the material and vice versa. According to this philosophy everything that exists is composed of different forms of "Qi".

According to this philosophy, we are born as human beings with an individual amount of biological energy, which we consume during our lives. Qigong uses the laws of nature (as they are understood in Chinese philosophy) to intervene in this natural process in order to achieve an increase in health, quality of life and even longevity. The goals of qigong range from healing (restitutio) even serious illnesses to the ability to transmit qi over short or long distances to help others, and from the goal of longevity to the cultivation of mind and life at a high.

  • Arabic and Unani Medicine | Alternative Medicine & Treatment methods
Location: Dubai, UAE
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Background: Anxiety can negatively affect individual’s performance in school. This can further influence physical and mental health of students in terms of concentration and memory retention. Several studies have shown that lavender aromatherapy was effective in reducing anxiety, improving concentration and increasing memory retention.        

Methods: Pre-post intervention with a quasi-experimental design was used. A total of 55 participants completed the pre - test as well as the post – test tools. A pre-test of each tool (S-TAI (form Y-1), Stroop Effect Assessment Tool and Return Demonstration Checklist) was obtained as a baseline data for the study. Subsequently, lavender aromatherapy was diffused 30 minutes per session in an enclosed room. After the intervention, anxiety, concentration and memory retention were measured through a post-test of each tool.

Results: Paired t-test revealed in the three tests were considered to be significant (p<0.000), justifying the effectiveness of the use of lavender aromatherapy in curtailing the anxiety as well as improving the concentration and increasing memory retention of junior nursing students.

Conclusion: The use of lavender aromatherapy could be used to decrease anxiety, improve concentration and increase memory retention. Thus, lavender aromatherapy may be a substitute to promote cost effective and non-pharmacologic intervention that will be advantageous for nursing students

Iftikhar Ahmad Saifi

Dubai Health Authority, UAE

Title: Wet Cupping Therapy (Hijamah)
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Wet cupping is a form of bloodletting that involves first making superficial incisions on the skin, then applying the suction cups to suck out small amount of blood. It is the application performed to draw out stagnant, congested blood and Vital Force, as well as other stagnant or morbid humors.  

Cupping therapy is an incredibly ancient and universal practice that spans both East and West.  In the East, the Chinese have been practicing the art of cupping for at least three thousand years.  Cupping is applied to the acupuncture points to relieve the stagnation of Qi and blood, both locally and in the organ(s) activated by the point. 

In the West, cupping therapy had its birth in Egypt.  The Ebers Papyrus, written around 1550 B.C.E., states that bleeding by wet cupping removes foreign matter from the body. The ancient Egyptians passed the art of cupping on to the ancient Greeks.  Both Hippocrates and Galen were staunch advocates and users of cupping therapy. From the ancient Greeks and Romans, through the Alexandrians and Byzantines, cupping therapy was passed on to the Muslim Arabs and Persians.  Cupping is now an important and popular therapeutic modality of Unani (Greek) Medicine.  

Annup Singh

Founder, Light4LifeFitness Institute, India

Title: Pulse Diagnosis
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Pulse Diagnosis is significantly more developed diagnostic form, a tool that Practitioners can use to assess the health of all the major organ and systems of the body. Pulse diagnosis is like the “MRI” of traditional medical systems. Before modern imaging techniques were available in the market, healthcare practitioners needed ways of evaluating what was happening inside the bodies of their patients. Although technology has developed significantly over time, pulse diagnosis remains a very helpful and reliable tool in assessment and diagnosis. It is recommended that every practitioner should learn how to diagnosis the problem through pulse. Its essential tool of any treatment and curing any problem.

Prithvi Dawar

Member, ISA – International Su jok Academy, India

Title: Color & Number Therapy
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He took training for various therapies from Prof. Park Jae. Woo (International Su jok Academy, Russia). he is experienced for more than 16 years in this field and have organized camps and lectures to contribute towards this therapy. He is also a member of ISA – International Su jok Academy. He gained specialization in Color and Number Therapy which is very beneficial for mankind and it also saves time. It does not have any side effects, has zero cost and the patient requires no medical knowledge to apply it

Abstract:

Colour Therapy is an effective healer as our mind, body and emotions are sensitive to colour. Colour does not have to be seen to affect us – every cell in the body is light sensitive and responds to the frequency of colour.
A treatment with colour therapy involves the uses of colour. The application and medium of colour can be given in many ways, but all work is to bring the body (subtle and physical) back into harmony, thereby restoring vitality and wellbeing at all levels. As a Therapy, way of life and universal language colour therapy has been used and taught in many forms throughout the ages. It is believed that this healing art dates back to pre- atlantean times. We know the ancient Greeks and Egyptians used coloured Temples as treatment centers. Colour has played its part successfully in all cultures./ The 7th century Arab physician Avicenna  who wrote the book ‘The Cannon’ developed a colour chart detailing many uses, he made reference to the effects of what the primary colours can have on an individual, one being red stimulates the blood and blue cools it. In 1958the US President Robert Gerard proved that red light could raise blood pressure and blue light could lower it.
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  • Chiropractic Technique | Energy Healing technique | Homeopathy
Location: Dubai, UAE

Session Introduction

Shalini Israni

Head, Manakrithi Homeopathic Clinic, India

Title: Rise of Diabetes & Role of Homeopathy
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Dr has her expertise in evaluation and passion in improving the health and wellbeing of patients. She is practising Classical Homeopathy since 20 yrs. She treats patients with Care and compassion. Dr Shalini is regular column writer in Ahmedabad times (Times of India ) newspaper and has been Awarded as Best homeopathic clinic by Times health Icons in 2018 .Dr has expertise in classical analysis of case which gives faster results . As Doctor firmly Believes With Homeopathy , correcting Diet patterns  lifestyle and combating stress can cure many Diseases.

Abstract:

Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine used by over 200 million people worldwide to treat both acute and chronic conditions. Homeopathy forms a holistic approach to health it aids the body’s abilities to heal itself by improving the immune system of the body,It is scientific ,natural and      individualistic  approach in the treatments and prescribing.

RISE OF DIABETES AND ROLE OF HOMEOPATHY

Latest reports of World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that, diabetes population will increase by 122% in 2025; in developing countries, the number of patients has increased from 84 million to 228 million people which shows a 170% increase .India currently represents 49 percent of the world’s diabetes burden, with an estimated 72 million cases in 2017, a figure expected to almost double to 134 million by 2025. This presents a serious public health challenge to a country facing a future of high population growth and a government attempting to provide free health insurance .

DIABETES -RISK FACTORS & HOMEOPATHY -

Genetics , Lifestyle ,Lack of exercise Unhealthy meal choices; Overweight/  Obesity :it is more likely that you’ll become insulin resistant and can also lead to many other health issues. Homeopathy Treats the Diabetes cases according to particular causation, lifestyle of patient  ,if genetic inheritance .Individual case history is taken and symptomatically its tailor made treatment ,which is called as Constitutional Similimum. Every patient with diabetes receives different Homeopapthic Constitutional medicines which  is able to control sugar levels in much better way after course of treatment. In house clinical study has shown patient who come directly to Homeopathy gives faster results in stablising blood sugar levels . Case-Patient aged 61 years came with Diabetes Type 2 diagnosed since 6 months, with lots of stress , Casuticum 200 (homeopathic medicines given) after 2 months his sugar levels were normal and patient was followed for 11mths  and still his levels were normal and got cured of Diabetes .

  • Workshop
Location: Dubai, UAE

Session Introduction

Sinchan Dhas

Founder & Director of Humanity Institute of Advanced Medical & Cultural Research, India

Title: Mechanism of Actions of Homeopathic Medicines
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Dr. Sinchan Dhas is a Homoeopathic Physician and a Classical vocalist of the Indian Classical Tradition. He want to be an Oncologist and a researcher of cell signaling related to Carcinogenesis through either music or by medications. He has published his research works in various journals.

Abstract:

Science is such a subject; need to be devoid of any biasness and prejudice. Among the different braches of science, the most practical branch is ‘Health science’, which deals with the life directly by the means of health education, health care delivery and prevention of the pathological conditions. There are several different systems of medicine exists in the world, named Allopathy, Homoeopathy, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani etc based on different principles. Among these systems, Homoeopathy is most controversial for the so-called scientific community, as it is little difficult to understand materialistically. As it is little bit of different from usual path, they generally consider it as ‘pseudoscience’ and ‘placebo effect.’ We are instituting this study from a neutral point of view, not tilted towards any medicinal system for explaining the most debatable question of the century ‘what is the mechanism of action of Homoeopathic medicines.’