China has made significant progress in promoting traditional Chinese medicine internationally over the past decade, the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine said Friday.
Global TCM cooperation has expanded in 196 countries and regions, and the country has signed TCM cooperation agreements with more than 40 foreign governments and international organizations, said Wu Zhendou, director of the administration’s international cooperation division.
The country has set up 30 high-quality overseas TCM centers and TCM cooperation is included in 16 free trade agreements, he said at a news conference.
TCM also played an active role in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. China published the TCM treatment plans against the pandemic in multiple languages and held more than 100 live streaming events and webinars about the sector, he said.
It introduced TCM COVID-19 treatment plans in more than 150 countries and regions, delivered TCM products and dispatched TCM expert teams to countries and regions in need, Wu said.
For example, this year a team of TCM experts arrived in Cambodia to help the country fight the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.
In addition to treating COVID-19 patients with TCM, the experts also trained local doctors to use TCM to treat patients with other diseases, laying a good foundation for TCM collaboration, he added.
The country plans to build a TCM center in Cambodia to provide more TCM treatments to local patients, while also providing more professional training to local doctors, he said.
Li Yu, director of the administration’s science and technology department, said the country has formulated 37 international standards for TCM during the 13th Five-Year Plan Period (2016-20).
In addition, it has taken several measures to enhance the quality of TCM products, such as setting up cultivation bases for TCM herbs and a tracking system for TCM products, he said.
Over the past 10 years, the country has carried out a series of projects to protect and use old TCM books.
The experience of more than 200 renowned TCM experts has been captured and researched, while modern technology has been used to digitize their experience so that it can be preserved for future reference, he said.
Chen Xiangmei, president of the Chinese Association of Integrative Medicine, said the legacy of TCM experts’ experience and treatment has made significant progress over the past decade.
Western medicine needs to be further integrated with TCM, and the association has pushed for the creation of standardized guidelines for integrative treatment plans so that doctors specializing in Western medicine can learn more about the theories of TCM and use them for treatment, it said. they.