Traditional Chinese Medicine Has Few Takers in China

by Savitha C Muppala on  November 12, 2006 at 3:31 PM Alternative Medicine News
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Traditional Chinese Medicine Has Few Takers in China
A case of other side of the grass is greener; the west is all taken up with traditional Chinese medicine, whereas, in China, home grown remedies are being abandoned for seemingly better western medicines.

Recently a proposal is doing the rounds to formally put out traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM from the Chinese healthcare system. But this has raised public ire to a certain extent and has also piqued the government.

TCM departments in Chinese hospitals cater to nearly 300 million visits a year. Further traditional treatments are far cheaper than Western drugs; the government is highly supportive of its benefit in treating ailments from HIV to cancer, even effective for addicts who are greatly benefited by TCM for effective deaddiction.

Clearly the Chinese are slowly changing sides to western medicine, infact a recent survey has shown that 72% of Chinese would rather opt for modern medicine in place of TCM. China's Ministry of Health rising in support of traditional medicine, said "TCM is the essence of China. In modern times it is still an important choice for us to cure diseases and pain."



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