NICM PhD student receives best poster at iSAMS

4 October 2015

In October, NICM PhD student, Mike Armour, was awarded best poster for his research presented at the annual International Scientific Acupuncture and Meridian Symposium (iSAMS).

Awarded one of five best poster presentation awards, Mike’s poster - Acupuncture treatment for primary dysmenorrhea: The effect of changing treatment timing and mode of stimulation in a randomised trial - showed acupuncture to be an effective treatment for period pain, reducing the amount of pain women experienced and also for how long they had pain each month. Manual acupuncture seemed to give greater reduction in the need for pain killing medication than acupuncture with electrical stimulation.

The Awards are newly designed to recognize researchers who provide a detailed in-depth understanding of complementary medicine, and valuable contribution to the fields of basic and clinical acupuncture.

iSAMS is the International Scientific Acupuncture and Meridian Symposium of the Korean Pharmacopuncture Institute (KPI) and was established to provide a platform for information exchange and discussion between scholars to enhance the quality of oriental medicine research and to form an international research network. New Zealand’s Otago University, in Dunedin hosted this year’s symposium, with the University of Hong Kong set to stage next year’s symposium in November.