Ovono Nkomo


Ladies and Gentlemen

For the organization of the 1st World Congress of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the 21st century who will be held in ESTORIL-CASCAIS-PORTUGAL 9th-10th November 2019.
We wish you a warm welcome!


我们将于 2019 年 11 月 9 日至 10 日在 葡萄牙 ESTORIL-CASCAIS 举行
21 世纪第一届 世界针灸和中医药大会 ! 我们衷心欢迎大家!

Vice Chairman

John Mcdonald


Welcome from the Vice-President, Dr. John McDonald, PhD

On 9th and 10th of November, the 1st World Congress of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in 21st Century will be held in Estoril, Portugal. The Chairman for this Congress is Ovono Nkomo from Gabon, who has recently received the Pride of Africa Award. I am honoured to have been appointed as the Vice-President of this Congress, which will bring together 71 speakers from 14 nations including Portugal, Brazil, China, USA, Australia and Germany. The theme of the Congress is the role of TCM in Prevention in the 21st Century. In addition to the speakers there will be two important forums: Validation and Challenges for Acupuncture and TCM in the 21st Century and Teaching and Education of Acupuncture and TCM in the 21st Century.

Problems with acupuncture research and its interpretation will be highlighted by Acupuncture Now Foundation President, Matthew Bauer who will speak on problems with inappropriate treatment dosages in studies, while I will speak on problems with placebo controls and with the inappropriateness of randomised controlled trials for assessing complex interventions.

We are very pleased that licensed acupuncturists Ruth McCarty and her neurosurgeon husband Dr William Loudon will be joining us to share their work at Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) which was featured in the documentary film “Getting to the Point: Episode 1”.

The outstanding scientific program also includes speakers like Volker Scheid, Reginaldo Filho, Andrea Noll, Ricardo Teixeira, Zhang Jian Bin and Hiroyuki Tsuru.

We would like to thank the Organising Committee, the Scientific Committee and the Honour Committee, for their excellent work. We would also like to acknowledge the valuable support this Congress has received from the European TCM Association (ETCMA) and other professional associations around the world.

We hope you can join us in Estoril for this exciting event in World Acupuncture.



This event will honor outstanding figures of the spread of traditional Chinese Medicine in the Western and Eastern World such as Dr. Giovanni Maciocia, Dr. Tao Kun and Dr. Wang Ning Sheng.

Giovanni Maciocia


Tao Kun


Wang Ning Sheng