On July 22nd, 1946, World Health Organization (WHO) in the Constitution of the World Health Organization defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” As a consequence, to promote the notion “Medicine for all， or more accurately, Health for all,” we could start by putting aside the mechanistic point of view of the Allopathic medicine and abiding by the teaching of Dr. Chou-Yi, the former founding president of World Federation of Chinese Natural Therapy 。“Promote the revolution of medicine. Revive Chinese culture. Nurture the spirit of world community.” Therefore, the ever evolving natural medicine could prosper not only on the basis of Chinese culture and its medical philosophies but assorted other Eastern and Western traditions as well. In general, the term of Chinese Natural Medicine intends to simplify and systemize various natural medicine systems of different cultural backgrounds so it could be merged into a new holistic medicine body. The theories and practice of Chinese Natural Medicine are intended to be made applicable in daily life and, most fundamental but essential, to keep all proposed principles in perspective.
Since the beginning of 21st century, climate change, natural disasters, energy and food shortage have hit many countries worldwide; all kinds of acute and chronic diseases have been rampant causing enormous stress to governments, healthcare systems and the public around the world. Deeply inside, people feel that our environment has been pushed to a point that nature could no longer bear with. We are facing to a more drastic environmental change.
Dr. Chen, HouQi, Director of Natural Rehabilitation Center, Chicago, U.S.A., indicated in his article The Historical Mission of Natural Medicine: New Medical Concept in the 21Century (October, 2010) ‘ Chronic diseases are now a global threat to human health and it is the major cause of death worldwide. This is a war without guns and its damage to the developed and the developing countries likewise is beyond our estimation.
In November 1996, WHO pointed out in a report “Today’s medicine is creating a global atmosphere of injustice and unaffordability and a lot of countries have been pushed to its limit.” Richard H. Carmona (M.D., M.P.H., FACS) in 2007 said “Disease-based medicine has reached to its end. We need health-centered natural medicine to enhance health and prevent diseases.”
Related Information of World Health Organization
1. Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases: World Heart Day is observed on September 29 every year.
Cardiovascular diseases are caused by the heart and blood vessel problems, including coronary heart disease (CHD, heart attack), cerebrovascular disease (stroke), hypertension (HT), peripheral arterial disease, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease and heart failure.
Heart attack and stroke are acute diseases, mainly caused by the blockage in vessels and blood failure to flow into the heart or brain. The most common cause is the plaque buildup in the arteries, blood vessels and capillaries. Stroke may result from the cerebrovascular thrombus or hemorrhage..
Cardiovascular diseases are on the top leading causes of death, more than other causes.
It was estimated in 2008 that the total number of deaths due to cardiovascular diseases reached 17.3 million a year, 30% out of total deaths. Among them, about 7.3 million people died of coronary heart disease and 6.2 million died of stroke.
It caused tremendous effects upon low and middle income countries, more than 80% cardiovascular diseases deaths occurred in low and middle income countries, similar among male and female.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is still estimated to be the world's number one killer and by 2030 the number of deaths caused by CVD is expected to rise to 23.3 million.
Most CVD can be prevented by addressing risk factors like unhealthy diet, obesity, lack of physical exercise, hypertension, diabetic and hyperlipidemia.
The total number of deaths due to hypertension reached 9.4 million a year, 16.5% out of total death. 51% is due to stroke and 45% is due to coronary heart disease. In 2030, the number of deaths caused by CVD is expected to rise to 23.3 million.
2. Cancer：World Cancer Day is observed on February 4 every year.
Cancer is one of the main causes of global deaths. It caused 8.2 million deaths in 2012.
Most common cancers are lung cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer.
The common types of cancer are different between males and females.
About 30% of cancer patients die of five improper behaviors and wrong diet：high BMI（Body Mass Index）, low intake of fruits and vegetables , lack of exercise, tobacco and alcohol use.
Tobacco use is the most risk factor to cause cancer. It caused 22% of cancer death and 71% of lung cancer death globally.
The deaths of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) amount to 20% in low and middle income countries.
Globally, more than 60% of new cancer cases occur in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America and amount to 70% of cancer deaths.
The number of cancer cases is expected to rise from 14 million in 2012 to 22 million in 2032.
3. Liver and gallbladder diseases：World Hepatitis Day is observed on July 28 every year.
Hepatitis is inflammation of liver. The most common cause is virus infection. There are 5 major hepatitis viruses：hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.
Five major hepatitis viruses cause acute chronic infection and inflammation of liver and may result in liver Cirrhosis(LC) and liver cancer. These viruses become a key global health risk factor and result in 1.4 million deaths. World Hepatitis Day, a global campaign marked by WHO and its allliance, is observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness on hepatitis and the diseases caused by hepatitis.
According to World Hepatitis Day 2013, WHO released the facts as follow:
1.4 millions new cases of hepatitis A is estimated every year.
240 millions people live with chronic HBV infection.
150 millions people are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus.
C. Topic and Content
To follow up the topic of Forum 2012: “Prevention, Treatment and Healing of Non-communicable disease”, and to awake people who are currently facing the risk of getting diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular& cerebrovascular diseases, liver and gallbladder diseases, Forum 2014 sets up the topic as “Chinese Natural Medicine on Prevention and Reversal of Liver/Gallbladder, Cardio-Cerebral Disorder and Cancer”
D. Purpose of Forum
Promote the development of Chinese Natural Medicine in Asia. Focus on health prevention and modulation of non-communicable diseases.
E. Aim of Forum
The aim of this Forum is to promote Natural Medicine through research and education in order to introduce its real value to the public, academic institutes and medical professionals. The promotion of health education should be consistently carried on.
At the same time, the World Chinese Natural Medicine Forum should be held once every two years at different country or place.