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World Health Organisation Traditional Chinese Medicine Stragegy

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The World Health Organisation Traditional Chinese Medicine Strategy for 2014-2023

The World Health Organization recently released and update on its Traditional Medicine Strategy (2014 – 2023), which is a guide to government organisations, system planners and health practitioners around the world in relation to effectiveness, quality, availability, preservation and regulation of traditional and complementary medicine.

Traditional and Complementary Medicine is widely used around the world and valued for a number of reasons.

At the International Conference on Traditional Medicine for South-East Asian Countries in February 2013, the WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, stated that “traditional medicines, of proven quality, safety, and efficacy, contribute to the goal of ensuring that all people have access to care. For many millions of people, herbal medicines, traditional treatments, and traditional practitioners are the main source of health care, and sometimes the only source of care. This is care that is close to homes, accessible and affordable.

“It is also culturally acceptable and trusted by large numbers of people. The affordability of most traditional medicines makes them all the more attractive at a time of soaring health-care costs and nearly universal austerity. Traditional medicine also stands out as a way of coping with the relentless rise of chronic non-communicable diseases.”

Regardless of reasons for seeking out Traditional and Complementary Medicine, there is little doubt that interest has grown, and will almost certainly continue to grow, around the world.

Traditional & Complementary Medicine practices vary widely from country to country with certain practices (sometimes called modalities) regarded differently depending on the culture, understanding and accessibility of conventional medicine. A practice where significant progress has been made is acupuncture. Although acupuncture was originally a feature of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is now used worldwide. According to reports supplied by 129 countries, 80% of them now recognise the use of acupuncture.

This is great news for us in the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Profession here in Australia.

For the full report please visit: WHO Traditional Chinese Medicine Strategy