Chinese Medicine is coming back…in China

During the Mao years in China, Traditional Chinese Medicine was sabotaged by the dictator in favor of “progressive” Western medicine.  Mao’s desire for China to be seen as current and cutting edge left little room for the perfectly aged, “folkloric” traditional medicine of the country.

However, the medicine is making a comeback according to this article on an online Chinese news source.

An excerpt:

Wang Guoqiang, vice health minister and director of the State Administration of TCM (SATCM), made the remarks here Thursday at the annual national conference on traditional Chinese medicine.

In terms of inheritance, Wang urged efforts be made to establish databases of ancient traditional Chinese medicine publications, to study its basic theories and to conduct a general survey on TCM resources.

He also called for innovation in building a clinical R&D system, setting up key TCM labs, facilitating technology transfers into the industry and improving R&D management and quality control.

Wang also disclosed the following figures concerning the country’s previous efforts in promoting traditional Chinese medicine:

In 2010, the SATCM accepted the registration of 400 important ancient traditional Chinese medicine books.

Besides providing inheritance studios for 181 TCM masters, the SATCM started a comprehensive service platform for the exchange of their clinical experiences and academic thoughts.


This is very good news, especially exciting to know government officials are discussing Research and Development, and enhancing quality control.

Here is a link to a timely and complimentary article on Blue Poppy’s blog regarding potential future laws and regulations of Chinese herbs here in the U.S.