Time to tap un­der­es­ti­mated re­source of TCM

China Daily (USA) - - VIEWS -

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.

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