A healthcare service based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), will soon be established, according to the nation’s top TCM authority.
Based on trials at more than 170 TCM institutions, guidelines, rules and standards will be formulated for the service, said Wang Lian, spokesman of the State Administration of TCM at a press conference on Tuesday.
The project, initiated in 2007, will help standardize a rising number of TCM services across the country to prevent fraud, Wang said.
Xu Zhiren, director of the medical affairs department of the administration, said the new department would integrate examination centers at hospitals to give advice regarding TCM drugs or techniques.
To improve the service, more than 500 community clinics will be selected to perform TCM, he said.
This is legitimizing TCM to an even greater degree. There is no doubt there is demand but to promote what amounts to ineffective, placebo treatment is not a good solution. Prevent fraud? I have to laugh at that line.