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.


2 thoughts on “Chinese Medicine is coming back…in China

  1. Hi Rob! Thanks! Yes, I recently learned about that- Mao’s interest in bringing all aspects of Chinese Medicine into one system, so no one is excluded from applying it, no “secrets” anymore. Good ol’ standardization. I guess a “Western scientific approach” to TCM. Few people understand that herbs cannot be prescribed according to the same theories point selection is, and vice versa.
    If I could volley the you should read back at ‘cha, “Applied Channel Theory” is a great book that details how to arrive at your point selection by using the 6 stages (Tai yang, Yang Ming, etc…). Was written by an American apprentice to a successful Chinese practitioner in China. Good reading.

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