Online Academic Conference of Integrated TCM and Western Medicine
on Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Coimbra, Portugal [Time]    2020-05-06 17:39:41 
 

On April 23, 2020, local time, an online academic conference of integrated traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Western medicine on prevention and treatment of COVID-19 (English Session), sponsored by World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies and organized by Zhejiang Association of Chinese Medicine, the Confucius Institute at University of Coimbra in Portugal and Wedoctor Group, was broadcast live on time. More than 10 Chinese and Western medicine experts and scholars from China and Portugal had dialogues and exchanges via this conference.

The conference was divided into two parts, namely subject report and discussion. The first part was presided over by Cai Wanru, Chairman of the Respiratory Diseases Society of Zhejiang Association of Chinese Medicine and Professor of the Second Clinical Medical College of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University. She thanked the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies for supporting this conference in her speech. The COVID-19 pandemic is a major emergency concerning global public health. In China's response to the COVID-19, a combination of Chinese and western therapies has been widely used, and we have achieved good results. This is the valuable experience of the Chinese people in fighting against the disease, as well as the experience for global fight against the epidemic. The event, by sharing experience in preventing and treating of COVID-19 with Chinese and western medicine, has established a platform for the exchanges of Chinese and Portuguese experts and scholars, strengthen the communication and cooperation between the two sides, and promote the joint response to the coronavirus disease.


Cai Wanru, Chairman of the Respiratory Diseases Society of Zhejiang Association of Chinese Medicine and Professor of the Second Clinical Medical College of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, presiding over the subject report on April 23

Yang Junchao, Vice President of the First Clinical Medical College of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University and Vice Leader of the Chinese Expert Medical Group for Fighting COVID-19 to Italy; Wu Xiaohong, Chief Physician of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, affiliated with Zhejiang University School of Medicine and Vice Leader of Medical Team of Zhejiang’s First Medical Group for Hubei Province and Dong Lei, Deputy Chief Physician of the Second Clinical Medical College of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University and Member of Medical Team of Zhejiang’s Second Medical Group for Wuhan had discussions and exchanges with Portuguese experts on prevention and treatment strategy of COVID-19 in TCM, experience in fighting against COVID-19 in first line, and diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 cases by integrated TCM and western medicine.


Experts sharing experience in epidemic control on April 23

Huang Zaiwei, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at University of Coimbra, presided over the discussion part. Professors and scholars from European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA), University of Minho, University of Porto, Portuguese Society of Chinese Medicine Association, Nanjing Chinese Medicine Space Association in Portugal, Van Nghi Institute in Portugal, Porto Human and Nature Academy in Portugal, and Portuguese Chinese Medicine Clinic in Portugal had exchanges with experts online on how to combine Chinese and western medicine to fight the COVID-19, the participation and effectiveness of Chinese medicine in epidemic prevention in Wuhan, the psychological intervention of Chinese medicine on COVID-19 patients, and the prevention strategies for healthy families and communities after social resumption.


Experts having online communication on April 23

Alberto Dias, Professor at Department of Biology from University of Minho and Director of the Sino-Portuguese Center for Medicinal and Food Plant Resources, said that since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, he participated, for the first time, in an English session exchange activity on fighting COVID-19 with Chinese medicine. The connection online was very successful and carried great significance. It is expected that the two countries could have more sharing and cooperation in the joint response to the epidemic and on academic research.

Ricardo Teixeira, Member of the ETCMA Executive Committee and President of ETCMA Portuguese Branch, said at last that the ETCMA has been following the epidemic control in various countries. He was very grateful to China to announce the diagnosis and treatment plan and share the treatment experience at the first opportunity, and at the same time, he was also aware of that the combination of Chinese and Western medicine has achieved good results in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The ETCMA is also studying and formulating a Chinese medicine prevention and treatment plan suitable for Europeans, and looks forward to cooperating with China. The event was supported by the Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the South Africa Association of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, the British College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the Brazilian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with nearly 5,000 scholars and experts watching the live broadcast.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak in Portugal, the Confucius Institute at the University of Coimbra, a Confucius Institute characterized by Chinese medicine element, has actively organized the TCM schools and societies in Portugal to establish an information sharing platform on the COVID-19. It has shared with the Portuguese expert groups in epidemic control and the doctors at the Coimbra Hospital and University Centre the Scheme for Diagnosis and Treatment of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (English Version) by China’s National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Confucius Institute also translated the Guidelines on Acupuncture and Moxibustion Intervention for COVID-19 (second edition) and the 7th trial edition of scheme into Portuguese and shared with various Chinese medicine institutions and schools. What is more, it has also contacted Chinese herbalists to establish an online free clinic platform to support the Portuguese people in fighting the pandemic.