Industry News for New York College of Traditional Chinese
Mineola, New York 11501
About the Conference
TCM has a long history of wildlife products being prescribed for and consumed by the public as medicinal ingredients. However, there has been misinterpretation about Chinese medicine that animal products are believed to be tonics and thus are procured from wildlife species, such as tiger bone, rhinoceros horn, bear gallbladder bile, and pangolin scale, which dramatically drive the demand by the public. Certain wildlife species are now on the edge of extinction due to such demand. TCM professionals play an important role. Therefore, we are holding a timely and crucial conference for the TCM community on protecting wildlife in herbal medicine practice.
TCM professionals are an important intermediate actor in the wildlife consumption chain as they can directly communicate with consumers and guide consumption behaviors. Although TCM professionals’ awareness and attitudes toward the use of wildlife products are critical, this field is less investigated. There are a number of reasons why we, as TCM practitioners, need to speak up to protect wildlife from being used in TCM practice.
A famous ancient master of TCM practice, known as the “King of Chinese Medicine,” Sun Si Miao (581-682 AD, Tang Dynasty) in his classic Priceless Prescription, well-known chapter “Da Yi Jing Cheng” 大 医 精 诚 - Great Doctor of Medical Ethics stated: “From ancient times, celebrated physicians sometimes treat diseases with live animals. However, both humans and animals cherish their lives. To treat human beings using animals is against the principle of saving lives. Therefore, I don’t use animals in my prescriptions.”
The impression that TCM must use wildlife for treatment is significantly damaging the reputation of the TCM community. It is clear that the use of wild animals has become a major barrier to the international acceptance of TCM. Although licensed acupuncturists and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners in the United States have no access to TCM products containing endangered wildlife products because of U.S. laws and regulations, the TCM community’s silence would confirm the general public’s misconceptions.
Therefore, the conference is designed to bring about increased awareness amongst the communities of acupuncture and herbal medicine. Invited speakers include scientific researchers, TCM practitioners and educators, as well as representatives of Chinese herbal manufacturers who will share their perspectives on wildlife protection in TCM. In order for encourage of more practitioners to participate in the conference, the conference will be conducted simultaneously in-person and online. Seven CEUs will be offered (NCCAOM & CAB) free of charge. Please mark your calendars for October 16, 2022 and join us for this conference, which will be the first one held by TCM communities on this topic.
The conference is co-sponsored by the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NYCTCM) and the Virginia University of Integrative Medicine and will be co-chaired by Drs. Yemeng Chen and Lixing Lao who are the presidents of these two schools, respectively. The conference thus far has been supported overwhelmingly by nationwide organizations such as CCAHM, ACAHM, NCCAOM, ASA and SAR, as well as more than ten schools of acupuncture and herbal medicine. At least four Chinese herbal companies have joined as supporting enterprises. We would invite more schools, local and national organizations, and herbal companies to join us as supporting organizations.
Please visit the conference website at www.wildlifeprotectionintcm.com to register. Please contact email@example.com to get involved and support the initiative.
Date: October 16, 2022
Hilton Financial District San Francisco
750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA, USA
(Online session simultaneously)
CEUs: 7 (NCCAOM and CAB) – No registration fee
Co-Chairs: Yemeng Chen, PhD., L.Ac., Lixing Lao, Ph.D., L.Ac.
New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NYCTCM)
Virginia University of Integrative Medicine