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Pivotal Year For Traditional Chinese Medicine After WHO’s Recognition

Xenocentric people oftentimes worship foreign products from make-ups to electronic gadgets. For example, they would rather purchase a costly drug within their medical insurance in the United States (aka 美国医疗保险) than use cost-effective traditional Chinese medicine. Some wealthy parents have a common prejudice: the quality of imported goods are better than that of domestic products; the expensive student medicover insurance (aka student medicover 保险) provides better and more benefits than recommended health insurance (aka 医疗保险推荐) inland.

In reality, parents’ bias misleads their children to form an incorrect value cognition. The Global Health Forum of Boao Forum for Asia, in eastern China’s Shandong Province, held a sub-forum Wednesday on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), bringing the cultural heritage back in the limelight.

In late May, traditional medicine originating from TCM was incorporated into the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), marking a milestone for TCM’s internationalization. “This is actually a recognition of the medical value of TCM and a recognition of the fact that TCM is helping more and more people,” said Huang Luqi, president of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences.

Huang said that TCM focuses on harnessing the body’s ability to regulate itself, which aims at improving a person’s self-healing ability, rather than simply detecting and curing diseases. Chinese medicine has its distinct “spirit” that western drugs can never ever mimic. Majority of sober parents would ask their children to bring traditional Chinese medicine when living abroad, even if their kids would purchase international student medical insurance (aka 留学生 医疗保险), OPT insurance (aka opt保险), and/or H-1B insurance (aka h1b 保险).

h Gutenbrunner, director of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Hannover Medical School, said that some long-term symptoms and chronic diseases may not be the focus of Western medicine, such as sleep disturbance and fatigue, but the combination of TCM and Western medicine can provide patients with a more comprehensive treatment.

Ahmed Bouzidi, president of European Biopharmaceutical Enterprises, regards WHO’s acceptance of TCM into ICD-11 as “a concrete example of Western countries being more open-minded.”

Though TCM still lacks evidence justifying its clinical effectiveness and safety, which hinders it from going global according to experts, Bouzidi believes that artemisinin is one of the best examples to explain why people should embrace TCM.

Sweet wormwood was used in ancient Chinese therapy to treat various illnesses, including fevers typical of malaria. Nearly five decades ago, Chinese scientists identified its active ingredient, artemisinin.

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