Hundred Meetings

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

22-24 September 2017
Wokefield Park, Reading

Merlin Young

Workshop title

Sustainable medicine in an increasingly unstable and unsustainable world: What role might acumoxa truly play?

Workshop times

Sunday 0900 - 0945

Workshop description

This talk will try to explore the role that acumoxa might yet play in today’s imbalanced world, but specifically in relation to the ‘have-nots’ (i.e. those who are still deprived of the basic human right of accessing and enjoying the fruits of modern science and medicine). He will discuss these issues in the light of the results of the Moxafrica-Ugandan moxa-TB Randomised Control Trial, the first study that has ever explored the recovery tendencies of human TB patients using daily self-administered small-cone direct moxa, as well as of a new moxa-TB project developing in North Korea (DPRK).  He will also explore what ‘sustainable medicine’ might actually mean in an age in which the costs of medicine everywhere are spiralling upwards, while at the same time economic inequalities are growing.

Speaker biography

Merlin Young is a co-founder of Moxafrica, a charity which was specifically established to systematically investigate whether small cone direct moxa might help fight drug-resistant TB today and tomorrow (given the well-documented record of it being used to treat TB in Japan at the height of its epidemic in the pre-antibiotic era). Originally trained in acupuncture at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in the UK, Merlin has subsequently focused his practice on Japanese acumoxa techniques and has been a member of the Toyohari Association since 2003.

He is author of two books, ‘The Moon over Matsushima’ (an extensive discourse on moxibustion), and ‘Blowing in the Wind – Drug-Resistant TB and the Poor’ (an exposition of humanity’s long and deadly relationship with this terrible disease, and an exposé of the immense threat that it now poses in its drug-resistant forms to the health of millions in low- and middle-income countries).

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