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Traditional Approaches for Chronic Pain

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While IASP's 2023 Global Year for Integrative Pain Care is concluding, we can - and should - continue to explore its impact on pain management.

As a part of IASP's 2023 Global Year for Integrative Pain Care, this webinar is free -  though registration is still required. To become an IASP member, you can join here, or you can register to become a non-member here.

Since prehistoric times, traditional medicine has been used for a variety of painful conditions around the world. With the rise of Western medicine, traditional interventions gradually lost their utility, however, forms of traditional medicine are still being practiced in different parts of the world at varying levels. The balanced application of traditional medicine and Western medicine may provide effective relief for select chronic pain conditions and is a part of integrative pain care (watch a previous 2023 Global Year webinar here).

Although local wisdom of traditional medicine is available in every culture in every region of the world, we will focus on traditional medicine practices across Asia as examples of non-Western approaches. This webinar will discuss the theory and systematic study that supports the efficacy and current context for the practice of traditional medicine in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Participants include:
-- Tian Guihua, MD, West China School of Clinical Medicine, Sichuan University, China
Traditional Medicine Practice in East Asia: Moxibustion and Acupuncture - What is it and Does it Work for Pain?
Harish Bhakuni, MD, PhD, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Traditional Medicine Practice in South Asia: Ayurveda - From 3,000 Years of History to Current Application
-- Pravit Akarasereenont, MD, PhD, Mahidol University, Thailand
Traditional Medicine Practice in Southeast Asia: Thai Massage and Herbs - Theory, Evidence, and Practicing in the Modern Age
-- Nantthasorn Zinboonyahgoon, MD, Mahidol University, Thailand (moderator)


  • Tian Guihua, MD

    Tian is a chief physician/researcher and doctoral supervisor, a postdoctoral fellow at the West China School of Clinical Medicine, Sichuan University, and a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto, Canada. She has been awarded the eighth batch of outstanding cadres of the Ministry of Organization of the CPC Central Committee, national high-level talents, the 17th China Youth Science and Technology Award, the Talents of Young Qihuang Scholar, the Outstanding Youth of the National Higher Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Beijing Young Talent, the Beijing New Star of Science and Technology, and the Young Innovation Talent of the Chinese Society of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her main research interests include intelligent diagnosis and treatment, and evidence-based evaluation and effect mechanism research of traditional Chinese medicine for the prevention and treatment of chronic pain. She has published a total of 100 academic papers, including 60 SCI-indexed papers and 58 first-author or corresponding author papers.

  • Harish Bhakuni, MD, PhD

    Harish is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kayachikitsa at the National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaiper, Rajasthan, India. Harish has > 30 publications and has presented his research across 60 international and domestic seminars. While advocating for Ayurveda, Harish also sits on the Editorial Board for four journals, is a member of various committees and examination panels at several Indian universities, and has made numerous media appearances.

  • Pravit Akarasereenont, MD, PhD

    Pravit achieved his MD from the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand, in 1991 with Second Class Honors. In 1993, he joined Nobel Laureate Professor Sir John Vane's group at the William Harvey Institute in the UK and achieved his PhD in Pharmacology in 1995 and soon set up his inflammation research group at Siriraj Hospital. In 2003, he was appointed as Deputy Head of the Center of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine and modernized herbal medicine research in these fields using a reverse pharmacology model. In 2015, he was involved in the establishment of the metabolomics platform at Siriraj Hospital and was Deputy Head of the Siriraj Metabolomics and Phenomics Center. Later, he was appointed as Head of the Department of Pharmacology and the Center of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine in 2016 and 2017, respectively. In 2018, he was appointed as Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Traditional Medicine at the Center of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. He is currently the Metabolomics Group Leader in Thai Traditional Medicine at Siriraj Hospital and developing a reverse metabolomics model for Thai traditional medicine research. His research interests include the use of multiomics analysis for systems medicine with big data analysis leading to personalized and precision medicine as well as AI and a metaverse platform for Thai traditional medicine.       

  • Nantthasorn Zinboonyahgoon, MD

    Nantthasorn is the Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand. He works with the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists, the Thai Association for the Study of Pain, and the International Association for the Study of Pain to represent and promote pain management in Thailand and the Asia-Pacific area. He has publications, focusing on pain management in developing countries, with an H index of 10.

January 8, 2024
Mon 6:00 AM EST

Duration 1H 30M

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