The 1st edition of Congress The Journey of the Needle was held in Maastricht the Netherlands 8-9 Oktober 2016. TJotN objective is to focus on the use of acupuncture needles in Healthcare.


Program The Journey of the Needle 2

Chair of the day: Jasmine Uddin (UK)

For the 2019 edition we work around 3 themes:

  1. Holism as unique selling point? : as acupuncturists, we perceive the unity of mind-body-spirit and the interconnectedness of all beings as an inseparable viewpoint while needling our patients. Is it still our unique selling point? And how typical is this feature for the so called ‘western acupuncture?’ And is it scientifically justifiable?
  2. From evidence to implementation: we like to emphasis successful initiatives of implemented acupuncture/needling interventions into Healthcare.
  3. Afternoon: variables of efficacious needling. The highlighted variable is Palpation!

Vrijdag 27 september/ Friday 27 September

Time Activity/ Zaal Castor
8:30 Ontvangst
9:00-9:10 Opening and welcome. Johanna Biemans
9:10-9:35 A model for unity in the brain, Clare Foley (I)
9:35-10:00 Acupuncture and a modern day renaissance in medicine, Willem Pinksterboer(NL)
10:00-10:25 A study of the western acupuncturist, Dr. Kai Wu (CN)
10:25-10:50 Recent developments in Chinese acupuncture research: embrace of the biomedical model, Dr. Mike Cummings (UK)
10:50-11:10 Panel discussion
Discussants: Dr. Mike Cummings UK), Dr.Wu Kai (CN), Clare Foley(I)
11:10-11:35 Break
11:35-12:00 From evidence to implementation, acupuncture in anaesthesiology, Dr. Taras Usichenko (G)
12:00-12:25 Beyond the evidence, implementation steps of complementary medicines in The Netherlands, Martine Busch (NL)
12:25-12:45 Panel discussion:
Discussants: Dr. Martine Busch(NL), Dr. Taras Usichenko(G), Dr. Andrew Liem(NL)
12:45-14:00 Lunchtime
17:05-17:15 Goodbye;Take home messages, suggestions and questions, Johanna biemans


Time Activity Activity
Zaal Pollux Castor
14:00-15:15 Palpation: Let our hands do the talking. John Jaarsveld Palpation and specifics with needles: e.g. periosteal needling, diagnostic needling and the use of longer needles in deep needling. Dr. Mike Cummings.
15:15-15:45 Coffee/tea break Coffee/tea break
15:45-17:00 Holism as unique selling point. Interactive brainstorm. Johanna Biemans(NL) Unified Acupuncture Theory and the role of palpation. Jonathan Shubs (CH)

Time Activity/ Earth
14:00 Implementation: join forces met Martine Busch (only by invitation)
15:45-17:00 Cooperation Belgium-Tne Netherlands (only by invitation)

Time Activity
17:25-18:15 Opportunity to chat and have a drink
18:30 Dinnertime