2021 Conference

SAR's 2021 International Research Conference 
June 17-20, 2019 | Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Pandemics, Pain, & Public Health: Roles and Relevance of Traditional East Asian Medicine

SAR’s 2021 conference is organized around the theme of Roles and Relevance of Traditional East Asian Medicine as it relates to our current world environment.  To our knowledge, this conference will be the first acupuncture and TEAM research forum focused on the current global viral pandemic.  These unprecedented and complex times necessitate a diverse audience that can inspire innovative thinking and new approaches to this challenge.

While not yet broadly accepted by mainstream healthcare in the U.S., acupuncture and adjunct TEAM modalities have been used to treat viral pandemics in the past, and are gaining in popularity.  Recent data suggests that acupuncture may be effective for COVID-19 and associated symptoms.  Patients experience persistent fatigue and dyspnea which provides opportunity for acupuncture and TEAM to be integrated into recovery processes to reduce symptoms and improve function and quality of life.  Indeed the rise in mental health issues co-occurring with social isolation during COVID-19, can also be treated with TEAM.  Finally, Chinese Herbal Medicine is an additional provocative modality within TEAM gaining recognition as a potential therapy for COVID-19. 

In response, SAR aims to broaden its conference’s usual focus on acupuncture to include Chinese Herbal Medicine, Qigong, and related mind-body research.  During the conference, we will present the current studies, discuss both limitations and opportunities, to improve the rigor of these investigations to strengthen the evidence base.

Stay tuned for information about the exciting Conference Program we're putting together to share knowledge, stimulate thinking, and explore the issues affecting us all in this field of practice.

At this time, we are planning this event as a hybrid conference model, incorporating both in-person and virtual conference spaces, yet plans may change to being an all-virtual conference depending on the Covid-19 environment as we get closer to the conference dates. Information will be posted here on the website as available.

For information about sponsoring the event, contact Laura Triplett at [email protected]