Time to tap underestimated resource of TCM
ast is East andWest is West and never the twain shall meet” Rudyard Kipling famously wrote, but a recent high level international conference in Frankfurt, Germany, is determined to prove him wrong, at least with regards healthcare, by finding scientifically-sound intersections betweenWestern medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. It’s a task that, although not easy, could help cost-effectively promote patient health around the world while at the same time contributing to the health of China’s economy and giving a boost to China’s soft power.
The Silk RoadHealth Industry Cooperation Forum brought together experts from home and abroad to begin to turn today’s problem into tomorrow’s opportunity. Former Italian prime ministerMassimo D’Alema called it “an extraordinary initiative to combine cultures and economic cooperation.”
Forum Chairman and former Chinese minister of health, Zhang Wenkang, set the tone by stating that the European Union and Chinese health industries “can learn from each other and find opportunities for cooperation” .
WorldHealth Organization Assistant Director-General Ren Minghui, said that he sawgreat promise in improving the world’s health through local production and research and development of medicines. He went on to say that “traditional medicine is a very important, but often underestimated resource” that is the primary or only form of treatment for millions of people.