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The conference topics are presented as clearly-defined sub-groups so that the instructors and applicants can submit their papers under the related sub-groups. The titles,approved by the Scientific Committee,are as follows:

Health and disease prevention; education; treatment; records and evidence; integrative medicine; culture and public opinion; treatment risks,side-effects and errors.

Health and Disease Prevention

  • The role of traditional and complementary medicine in improving lifestyle (including nutrition,exercise and stress)
  • The role of traditional and complementary medicine in disease prevention

Education

  • The need for the development of academic training in traditional and complementary medicine
  • Educational patterns in traditional and complementary medicine
  • Educational problems in traditional and complementary medicine

Treatment (use of medications,massage therapy,music therapy,acupuncture,yoga,etc.)

  • The status of traditional and complementary medicine in incurable diseases
  • Herbal therapy in traditional,complementary and classic medicine
  • The processing of medicinal herbs and its significance in traditional,complementary and classic medicine
  • The role of traditional and complementary medicine in reducing treatment costs
  • The role of complementary and traditional medicine in reducing the burden of diseases
  • The necessity of moving toward alternative treatments for chronic diseases
  • Therapeutic approaches in traditional and complementary medicine (e.g.,herbal therapy,acupuncture,massage therapy,chiropractic,homeopathy and naturopathy)

Evidence and Records

  • Evidence and records (e.g.,historical,contextual and clinical records) in the field of traditional and complementary medicine
  • The current status of traditional and complementary medicine in the health systems of Iran and the world
  • Teachings based on traditional and complementary medicine for general practitioners and families

Integrative Medicine

  • The necessity,drawbacks and forms of integrative medicine
  • Integrative medicine and medical interactions
  • The importance of the establishment of traditional and complementary medicine in the system network
  • An introduction to medical schools in traditional and complementary medicine (traditional Iranian medicine,traditional Chinese medicine,etc.)

 Culture and Public Opinion

  • The role of culture,belief systems and medical ethics in the progress and development of traditional and complementary medicine
  • The role and status of cultures in the effectiveness of traditional treatments
  • Sub-cultures and misconceptions about traditional and complementary medicine
  • The role of folklore medicine in healthcare systems
  • Barriers against the progress of traditional and complementary medicine in Iran and the world

 Treatment Risks,Side-effects and Errors

  • Treatment side-effects and errors in traditional and complementary medicine
  • Factors leading to treatment side-effects and errors (e.g.,inadequate training,unauthorized interventions and use of non-standard tools) in traditional and complementary medicine
  • Methods for reducing treatment side-effects and errors in traditional and complementary medicine