Scientific Program

Day 1 :


Dr. Farshid Towfighi Namin, MD, MPH, DAOM, LAc enjoys the high profile in fields of Health, Safety and Management. He is leading expert in international disaster response. He has participated in numerous international training and certification programs for senior-level emergency responders, Environmental Health and Safety. His area of interest is Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and biostatistics, and practicing as licensed acupuncturist in California. He joined Expert Committee of Chinese Medicine in UCLA, Public Health School on June 13, 2018. Now Dr Farshid is assistant dean of doctoral program in Yo San University, Los Angeles, California.


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a growing profession in California, with huge capacity, diversity and some challenges. The purpose of this study was to identify the significant factors of strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats, explore new strategic directions, solutions and priorities to develop TCM practice in California. Method: A questionnaire was designed for online survey and its content validity and reliability reviewed with test-retest. Standardized questionnaire (p=0.05) was posted in surveymonkey and eighty-six responses’ data was analyzed. Twelve in-depth interviews with experts were conducted and related literature was reviewed, too. Results: The main strengths is well-educated TCM practitioners (76%), main weakness is insurance compensations not enough (74%), main opportunity is growing public awareness about TCM (85%) and main challenge is lack of public education about the benefit of TCM for patients (73%). Adding different acupuncture style to TCM has a significant effect on the belief that TCM is a fragmentation practice. (P=0.05) There is significant difference between self-pay and not self-pay practitioners about the belief on TCM as low cost/affordable treatment, (p value=0.03) and also there is significant difference on belief on TCM business saturation among pioneer and non-pioneer practitioners. (P value=0.04) Conclusion: TCM can be fit widely in public health system and provides patients freedom to choose their medical provider. However, the link between TCM and western medicine is poorly defined, insurance reimbursement remains not enough and educational shortages should be addressed. Public awareness and media exposure are considered as priorities, acupuncture associations should be strengthened and more active members and lobbyists are needed to promote the profession. TCM profession should develop a joint strategic plan by all stakeholders, and improves its leadership and communication and creating stronger TCM practitioner network.

Keynote Forum

Dr Samir Chaukkar

M.D.(Hom), P.G.Hom (London)

Keynote: The Scope of Homeopathy in Autism

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Dr. Samir have done his graduation in homeopathy in 1992 from Mumbai University, India followed by my post graduation through British Institute of Homeopathy, UK and also Mumbai University. Also pursued his Post graduation in Addictions Treatment from Canada. While in Canada he was attached to the Homeopathic college of Canada as a guest Professor in Homeopathy delivering lectures to their students on weekends. He have been teaching and practicing homeopathy in India and abroad since last 25 years. He also done a webinar on Scope of Homeopathy in Autism in 2017 for the National Centre for Homeopathy, US which was very well accepted all over the world. Also he attached to Dr Batras Academy, Mumbai affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in the capacity of Dean and Director. As far as his work on autism is concerned he had nearly seen 100 children in last 10 years with autism spectrum disorders at various levels of the spectrum ranging from the intelligent autistic children called savant autistic to the mentally retarded with varying prognosis and results. His results with the high functioning and moderate autistic children has been very encouraging and the results with the severe autistic children has been palliative.


Autism is a developmental behavioural disorder with its onset commonly seen in infancy or early childhood.The lack of awareness about this condition is the reason why it is considered ‘rare’, as often general practitioners are not aware of the existence of an entity called ‘Autism’ and most of them are labeled ‘mentally retarded’.

Autism occurs along a ‘spectrum’, meaning that the symptoms and characteristics can occur in a variety of combinations, from mild to severe. No two individuals with autism are exactly alike, even in the way their autism shows itself.

An autistic child is a child who has lost or never achieved a contact with other people and is totally withdrawn and preoccupied with his own fancies and stereotyped behaviour.


  • Onset within 3 years of life
  • Child looks at one object constantly
  • Child does not give an eye contact on calling
  • Child does not respond to his name
  • Child does not give a social smile
  • Child does not recognize family members
  • Child is busy in his own world

The common end symptoms could be some or many of the following:
- Annoying obstinacy in behavior 
- Poor verbal expression, uses gesture to point out for his needs 
- Repeating words or phrases 
- Laughing, crying without apparent cause 
- Prefers solitude
- Throws Tantrums 
- Difficulty in social interaction with his age or elders
- No eye contact while communication

Unresponsive teaching 
- Failure to perceive fears of danger, leading to jumping from high place, playing with pointed objects
- physical hyper-activity or under-activity 
- Underdeveloped fine motor skills 
- Not responsive to verbal instructions with normal hearing
- Spinning objects 
- Inappropriate possessiveness to objects 
- Over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to pain
- Screaming and shouting out of proportion
- Repeats the same words (echolalia) 


Treatment is usually slow and gradual, and requires careful case management skills.
Extreme anxiety, desperation, and often dysfunction in autism families, due to the stress and financial pressures of their situation. Impatience with treatment is often the norm, which works against the realities of what parents should expect.

Simultaneous use of many forms of intervention, including diets, supplements, chelation (in various forms), and a myriad of other therapies such as behavioral therapies, auditory therapies, osteopathy and craniosacral treatment. Many treatments are focusing on the myriad symptoms (e.g., gut problems) rather than the underlying cause of the disease.

Parents seeking out “homeopathy” are unaware of what homeopathy is and often end up with a poorly trained (or untrained) practitioner who simply offers off-the-shelf combinations, machine testing, daily doses of remedies that are viewed as “vitamins”, etc. In other words, very allopathic approaches to homeopathy.

Homoeopathy is a relatively newer mode of intervention in the treatment of Autism and its merits still remain shadowed from the general population, as Homoeopathy has a long way to go before its well-deserved credentials are felicitated by the modern world.

All autistic patients should be treated with homeopathy. three main reasons.

  • First, the conventional treatment of psychiatric drugs is meant to calm the patient down, not to cure.
  • Second, autism is really a spectrum. It ranges from mild to severe and, in Dr. Herscu's opinion, is caused by a variety of diseases, some neurological, some biochemical, etc. With accurate homeopathic treatment, all cases will move in the right direction. It is only a matter of how far. However, he was quite clear in stating that the degree of autism did not seem to correspond to the degree of the cure. In other words, mild cases may receive only partial benefit, whereas some severe cases have been greatly affected by homeopathic treatment.
  • The third reason for choosing homeopathy is that many of the other therapies, such as diet and nutrition, seem to work much better after homeopathic treatment. In particular, the benefits of sensory integration therapy are increased by the action of a good homeopathic remedy.

My study helped me to understand that Homeopathic medicines do not merely act on any one particular organ of an individual but it has much more deeper and central action on psycho-neuro-endocrinological and psycho-immunological axis

It  works well to correct the accentuated state of sensitivity. It also helps improve fine motor skills as well as perceptual difficulties.

Behavior modification through Homeopathic medicines is an age old well documented function.

Carefully selected Homeopathic medicine brings about qualitative change at a wide range of symptoms in children with autism.

It also helps in behavior modification to reduce child’s hyperactivity, irritability, violence etc.

Thus it plays a distinct role in reducing or eliminating autistic features

            Homoeopathy ranks higher than other forms of medical management of Autism, as unlike others, it acts at the level of miasm, susceptibility and sensitivity, which are important in the genesis of Autism and the manifestation and progression of its various symptoms.

            Thus we conclude that Homeopathy is an effective weapon to tackle this epidemic of Autism and can bring a smile on the face of parents as well as the children suffering from this disorder




Psoriasis is a chronic, immune mediated (type 2 and type 17) chronic skin disease. The production of the immune proteins that leads to continuous inflammatory mediated process. The result of chronic inflammation is the formation of hyper keratotic layer of skin which gets attacks of atopic dermatitis leading to symptoms of itching, pruritis and in situ bleeding. ACE CSD, with the multiple factors that mediates the immune response and control the protein receptors, in addition to the multiple regeneration peptides that are specifically extracted from healthy skin of newly born sheep; in addition to multiple Chinese herbs that contains different anabolic factors was tested to be able to regenerate the damaged skin and locally modulate the immunity reactions so the skin can regenerate fully to replace the damaged skin with normal healthy skin.



Medo  Roga  is   defined   as   an accumulation  of excessive quantity of  Medo Dhatu , resulting increase in body size and the pendulous appearance in buttock, belly, and the breast. It  can be  correlated as   hyperlipidemia  and  obesity. This study has been  focused to   evaluate    the effectiveness of  Dasanga  Guggulu  in  the management of Medo Roga as an observational study. Total of 30 clinically  diagnosed  hyperlipidemic  patients  were selected purposively  from Kayacikitsa   clinic at Ayurvedic Teaching Hospital, Borella. A  self designed questionnaire was   administered   to collect  the  data . Patients were given 3g   of   Dasanga  Guggulu   in equally divided  doses  in three times  per  day  for continuous  period of  three months. Lipid profile  and   Body Mass Index (BMI)   were   observed   before and after   the treatment . Results   revealed  that Dasanga   Guggulu was      statistically  significant   for  decreasing    Total  Cholesterol (p<0.001),  LDL (p<0.001), Triglycerides (p<0.05) and VLDL (p<0.001). Further   it was found  that  Dasnga Guggulu    was  statistically highly significant (p<0.001)  for     reduction    of   BMI , Waist     Circumference , Hip    Circumference  and no adverse effects found in the safety profile. Based on   these findings   it   can   be concluded   that  Dasanga  Guggulu  is  safe   and  an  effective treatment  for Medo Roga and hyperlipidemia .



Currently an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University, Egypt. He is interested in investigation of the biological importance of some medicinal plants.


Background: The liver is an essential organ in medication disposal and detoxification. The current study aims to assess the hepatoprotective effect of Plantago Psyllium L. seed extract against the carbon tetrachloride intoxicated rats.

Methods: Male albino wistar rats were categorised into five groups (10 rats each). Hepatotoxicity was induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) administration for a period of 9 weeks.

Results: Treatment of rats with Psyllium seed ethanol extract could significantly alleviate the toxic effects of CCl4. This was evidenced by the restoration of the level of different conventional liver biomarkers. Moreover, we analysed several oxidative biomarkers such as lipid peroxidation, reduced glutathione and catalase enzyme levels. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that all fractions showed dose dependent antioxidant activity using DPPH assay. The substantial antioxidant potential was displayed by the ethyl acetate fraction. The same pattern of results was shown with Phosphomolybdate and total phenolic and flavonoid assays. The promising results of antioxidant activity of ethyl acetate fraction provoked us for performing further HPLC/UV-DAD analysis of the mentioned fraction, which showed high content of chicoric acid and its derivatives. Our data show that these biomarker levels were restored to near normal values. To confirm our results, a histopathological study was conducted. Hispathological data indicated that Psyllium extract safeguarded the liver architecture to close typical. Finally, we employed western blot technique to assess TNF-α protein level. Intoxication with carbon tetrachloride lead to an increase in the TNF-α expression level. Importantly, treatment with Psyllium seed ethanol extract resulted in a decreased expression level of TNF-α in comparison to that of CCl4 treatment.

Conclusion: The data presented in the current study on Psyllium seeds have demonstrated their potential hepatoprotective properties compared to the standard silymarin natural medicine. This effect may be due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect of Psyllium extract.



Scientist L- IV in  Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (Ministry of AYUSH Govt of India)  . 22 years research experience in clinical research . 34 papers published in National and International journals.  15 Papers presented in National and International conferences in India and abroad. Presently perusing Ph.D  from department of Biotechnology Jamia Millia IslamiaNew Delhi. India.


With global realization that use of synthetic drugs is not safe on the long run, the medical fraternity at large is looking at alternatives from natural sources to combat diseases particularly those in which conventional modern system of medicine has little to offer. This realization on the one hand has increased demand for herbal drugs and on the other hand need for quality standardization of drugs has gone up. The standardization of herbal drugs used in Unani system of medicine  such as “Sufoof Jawahir Mohra” which is prescribed in Unani system for therapeutic use as  tonic to multiple vital organs and stimulant to innate heat and it is useful in general weakness and weak functions of the vital organs has been taken up for standardization by modern analytical techniques, so as to ascertain its quality standard. The parameters which were carried out are organoleptic parameters, physico-chemical parameters and High performance thin layer chromatography revealing specific identities for the particular drug and to evaluate pharmacopoeial standards. Results suggest that the drug is safe for therapeutic use and the present study can be used as a reference standard for quality control in future.


Session Introduction

LR Motadi

Professor, Biochemistry North-West University, South Africa

Title: Cannabis sativa induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells

Prof Motadi is an expert in African Traditional medicine focusing mainly on it Biochemical impact on cancer development and progression. For his life career on cancer his focus has always been targeting the cellular machinery and restoring them in cancer as a way to control cancer progression. 



Breast cancer incidence rate has increased beyond that of lung cancer, making it the most common malignancy among women. Breast tumour progression is partly as a result of p53 inactivation by overexpressed ubiquitous regulatory proteins that possess p53 binding domain. Restoration using any molecules of p53 might assist in the treatment and improved prognosis of breast cancer. The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of Cannabis sativa butanolic plant extract on MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell line. MTT assay, xCELLigence assay, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, and caspase-3/7 assay  were conducted to assess for anti-breast cancer activity. Cannabis sativa was able to induce cell death and inhibit cell growth MTT and xCELLigence assay at a concentration of 150µg/ml. Flow cytometry confirmed the induction of apoptosis following G0 cell cycle arrest in MCF-7 and G2/M arrest in MDA-MB-231 cells. Confocal microscopy further showed the induction of cell death, with or without caspase 3/7 activation.  In conclusion, Cannabis sativa butanolic extract has the potential to induce apoptosis in MCF-7 cells and MDA-MB-231.



Kim is a registered Korean medical doctor and herbalist. After training and applying Korean medicine therapy to patients with pain on musculoskeletal system, he decided to take his life-long interest in health to the next level. He chose to study ‘modern’ traditional Korean medicine because it offered the best of both worlds – the yang of Western rationalism and the yin of Eastern wisdom. As a practitioner, Kim strives to bring both aspects to his work and is devoted to continuing the expansion of his knowledge of modern techniques and classical teachings. In addition to Korean medicine, Kurt is a longtime practitioner of Tai Qi and Qi Gong (Chinese movement & energy exercises). He often incorporates elements of these therapies into his treatments to make them more effective. For Kim, the practice of medicine is the evolution of a life-long passion – an interplay of competency, artistry and compassion.


Background : Charcot Marie Tooth disease can cause muscle weakness and foot deformity. Ankle pain induced by foot deformity affect patients’ gait pattern and quality of life.

Objectives : The purpose of this study is to evaluate the traditional Korean medicine treatment for ankle pain induced with Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease, especially Chuna manual therapy on ankle joints.

Methods : One patient was treated with acupuncture, phamacopuncture, herbal medication and chuna manual therapy on ankle joints. To evaluate the pain of ankle, lower back and lower extremity, visual analog scale(VAS) was measured.

Results : After treatment for 5 week, the pain of ankle joint was declined from VAS 6 to VAS 2.

Conclusions : Traditional Korean medicine treatment including acupuncture, pharmacopuncture, herbal medication and Chuna manual therapy is effective for ankle pain with foot deformity. But further studies are required to prove the effectiveness of Chuna manual therapy on ankle joints.