‘Stop il­le­gal for­eign TCM physi­cians’


THE Fed­er­a­tion of Chi­nese Physi­cians and Acupunc­tur­ists As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia has urged the Health Min­istry to crack down on un­li­censed for­eign tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine (TCM) physi­cians prac­tis­ing in the coun­try.

Its pres­i­dent, Ng Kok Poh, said he has per­son­ally come across many such TCM physi­cians and “qigong masters” ply­ing their trade in Malaysia, Ori­en­tal Daily News re­ported yes­ter­day.

These peo­ple have even taken up news­pa­per ad­ver­tise­ments where they have ex­ag­ger­ated their skills, he said, adding that many con­sumers have com­plained that they felt cheated.

He pointed out that un­der the Medicines (Ad­ver­tise­ment and Sale) Act 1956, 20 types of dis­eases and med­i­cal con­di­tions are not al­lowed to be ad­ver­tised with­out the min­istry’s ap­proval.

How­ever, these for­eign TCM physi­cians and qigong masters ig­nore this pro­hi­bi­tion, claim­ing to be ex­perts in treat­ing ill­nesses such as car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases, kid­ney dis­ease, di­a­betes, erec­tile dys­func­tion, pre­ma­ture ejac­u­la­tion, and even can­cer in their news­pa­per ad­ver­tise­ments or fly­ers, he said.

“De­spite our nu­mer­ous com­plaints to the Health Min­istry, there does not seem to be any im­prove­ment in the sit­u­a­tion.

“As such, we hope the min­istry would take a se­ri­ous view of this prob­lem and crack down on these un­li­censed TCM prac­ti­tion­ers,” Ng said.

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