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Chinese Medicine Conference

A one-day conference covering the modern and traditional practice of Chinese Medicine hosted by University of Bridgeport’s Acupuncture Institute (UBAI).

During this day-long event, speakers from the United States and China presented topics including Traditions and Ethics in Chinese Medicine to Modern Efficacy and Interpretations of Chinese Medicine. Lectures and panels were presented in four parts. Lunch was provided in the afternoon.

Participants were eligible for continuing education credits in the form of seven PDA (Professional Development Activity) Points. (NCCAOM PDAs pending)


Special Guest Speakers 


Luo Wei / Zhang Zilong OMD

Born Zhang Zilong he was given the Daoist Lineage Name Luo Wei

Academic Affiliations

  • Visiting Professor Central South University, Hunan, PRC
  • Vice President of the Professional Committee on Science
  • Yanhuang Culture Research Association, Hunan PRC
  • Secretary-General of the Taoist Association of Xiangtan City, PRC
  • Fourth CPPCC Members Xiangtan Yuhu District
  • Millennium Dongyue Temple Daoist Priest

Xichen Lu, Ph.D.

Academic Affiliations

  • Full Professor, Department of Ethics, South Central University, Changsha
  • Executive President of the International Institute of Taoism
  • Director, Religious Culture Research Center, South Central University
  • Vice President, Hunan Province Religious Communication Association
  • Visiting Faculty, Southern Mountain Kun Tao Daoist Academy, Nanyue, PRC

Event Schedule

8:30 – 9:30 AM

The basic principles evidence-informed practices examined with a special emphasis on the ethical issues facing practitioners and researchers. Application of research to case evaluation and evidence-informed practices will be emphasized. The use of case studies and case series as a tool for individual practitioners will also be discussed.
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Use a collection of research databases to locate acupuncture and medical information
  • Understand the significance of evidence-informed practices in acupuncture practice & research
  • Understand research ethics and informed consent
  • Compare different types of research

9:30 – 10:15 AM

Even the simplest Qigong movements can enact the actions of the Five Elements to therapeutic effect. In turn, these simple movements provide the basis for more famous therapeutic arts such as Hua Tuo’s “Five Animals Play” and Taijiquan. In this short workshop, we will explore the fundamental internal dynamics of the Five Elements as they relate to the Zang.

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Traditions and Ethics in Chinese Medicine, Dr. Xichen Lu (South Central University of China)

    Xichen Lu, Ph.D., is the director of the Institute of Religion at South Central University (Changsha, PRC), Vice President of the Daoist Culture Research Association of China, council member of the Association of Chinese Religions, and a scholar as well as practitioner of Daosim. She has published six books on Daoism and over two hundred scholarly articles.
    Keynote: Ethics of the Daodejing and Classical Chinese Medicine

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Traditional Aspects of Chinese Medicine, Panel 1

    • Paul Marks, MSTOM, L.Ac. Graduate of PCOM, Liaoning UTCM PhD candidate
      Paper: The Patients Behind the Masters: How observation of unique patient populations leads to disparate models of medicine.
    • Myoung Im, MSTOM, L.Ac. Graduate of PCOM, Liaoning UTCM PhD candidate
      Paper: Classical Views of Cognitive Thought: Discussion of the Five Spirits Viewed from the Classics
    • Canny Rogas, MSAC, L.Ac. LMT Graduate of PCOM, Liaoning UTCM PhD candidate
      Paper: Historical Analysis of Stroke in Chinese Medicine
    • Discussant: Alex Garcia, MSTOM, L.Ac. Graduate of PCOM, Liaoning UTCM PhD candidate
    • Moderator: Steve Jackowicz, MAC, L.Ac., Ph.D.

Part 3, continued: Modern Efficacy and Interpretations of Chinese Medicine

1:30 – 3:30 PM

  • The Modern Application of Chinese Medicine, Panel 2

    • Mike Ishii, MSTOM, L.Ac. Graduate of PCOM, Liaoning UTCM PhD candidate
      Paper: Social Discrimination and Chronic Disease in Non-White Populations Viewed Through A Diagnostic Lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine
    • Ailin Kojima, MSTOM, L.Ac. Graduate of PCOM, Liaoning UTCM PhD candidate
      Paper: TCM Perspective on the Treatment of Autoimmune Disorders
    • Kendra Philips MSAC, L.Ac. Graduate of PCOM, Liaoning UTCM PhD candidate
      Paper: The modern day use of acupuncture and Asian Medicine in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress and emotionally related syndromes in global communities affected by natural disasters.
    • Discussant: Sean Chillemi, MSTOM, L.Ac, LMT, HHC

2:30 – 3:30 PM

  • Dr. Luo Wei  (Chang Sha) Daoist Acupuncture – practical modern applications

    Luo Wei, OMD, Director of the Daoist Acupuncture Health Center in Changsha PRC, is a graduate of Hunan University of TCM. He is also a lineage holder of classical Daoist acupuncture methods. He specializes in the treatment of recalcitrant disease with the classical methods of Chinese Daoist acupuncture. He is known as a living example of the vanishing classical tradition.
    Keynote: Classical Approaches to Medicine: Daoist Acupuncture

3:45 – 4:30 PM

In this presentation, Dr. Brett will identify safety issues and best practices solutions for acupuncture and related techniques. She will combine evidence from the literature review with reports of adverse events and malpractice cases in the US to clearly identify protocols and practices as “critical,” “strongly recommended,” and “recommended” for acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, electroacupuncture, gua sha, and bleeding techniques. The presenter will discuss the differences between adverse events, side effects and errors. She will also discuss the difference between “standard practices” and “best practices.”

The presenter will update participants on the proper use of disinfectants for office surfaces and reusable medical devices (cups, gua sha tools). She will also update participants on use of acupuncture and related techniques in public health settings.

The presenter will identify issues that may be overlooked by acupuncturists who learned CNT procedures prior to the publication of the 7th Edition CNT manual and share her experience in integrating the updated procedures into an established clinical setting. Dr. Brett will review the “frequently asked questions” that CNT training personnel have asked since the updated CNT Manual has been published.


At the conclusion of this presentation, the participants will be able to:

  1. Identify adverse events associated with acupuncture, moxibustion, heat lamps, cupping and electroacuptuncture
  2. Correctly use disinfectants for surfaces and reusable medical equipment
  3. Understand how to create “best practice” guidelines for their own clinics
  4. Identify safety practices that are evidence based for acupuncture and related techniques
  5. Minimize errors associated with acupuncture and related techniques.