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New Event: The Empirical-Heuristic Scientific Basis for Chinese Medical Concepts and Therapies

Participating brings you 2 CPD credits

About the Event

Professor Hong Hai will evaluate the five-element model and the diagnostic-therapeutic paradigm of Chinese medical syndromes, and will suggest how these heuristic models can be subjected to clinical trials.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) should be viewed as a set of practices derived from empirical experience. Its diagnostic and therapeutic models are heuristic in the sense of having been constructed to explain clinical findings. It's concepts like ‘qi’ and ‘phlegm’ are constructions to best fit these explanatory models. This approach to understanding TCM directly deals with the charge that TCM is not based on science.

This is the main theme of the book Principles of Chinese Medicine: A Modern Interpretation (Imperial College Press 2015). The author also urges the more extensive clinical testing of TCM models of syndrome differentiation, which is the core of Chinese medical theory.

About the Speaker

Prof Hong Hai is Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. A former Singapore Member of Parliament, he has been chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee on Health, and chairman of the academic committee of the TCM Practitioners Board of the Singapore Ministry of Health. He currently serves as Executive Council member of the Academy of Chinese Medicine in Singapore, Vice-Chairman of Committee of International Communication of Chinese Medicine, World Federation of Chinese Societies, and an editorial board member of the American Journal of Chinese Medicine. A graduate of Harvard and Cambridge, he holds the MD from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and a PhD in the philosophy from the London School of Economics. Besides his latest book Principles of Chinese Medicine, he is co-author of Cancer Management with Chinese Medicine (2012) and editor of Acupuncture: Theories and Evidence (2013).

About the book

Principles of Chinese Medicine: A Modern Interpretation (Imperial College Press 2015) reinterprets Chinese medicine using the approach of the philosophy of science in a manner that strikes common ground with biomedical science.

Where: AcuMedic
When: 6pm, Fri 23 Oct
Price: £15

Spaces are limited. To book your place, call 0207 388 6704



Last Updated: October 07, 2015


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