January 17, 2016

World Health Organization and Chinese Medicine

The World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) has established an official relationship with the World Health Organization which will help traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) play a bigger role in providing health care to people overseas, officials from both sides said on Wednesday…

“The WHO recognizes the values and role traditional medicine can play in national health systems, especially in primary care,” Bernhard Schwartlander, WHO representative in China, said.

There is continuing demand for traditional medicine around the world. It is not only used to treat diseases and is widely used for disease prevention, health promotion and health maintenance, he said.China.org.cn

For more information on medicinal herbs used in Chinese Medicine, you can obtain the book, Medicinal Plants in China, from WHO (World Health Organization). (It) Catalogues the 150 species of medicinal plants most commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine. The book, which was compiled in collaboration with the Institute of Chinese Materia Medica*, was produced in an effort to communicate knowledge about herbal medicine that has accumulated over thousands of years, has been confirmed through both empirical experience and scientific evaluation, and yet has rarely been published outside the Chinese literature.

*Institute of Materia Medica 


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Jeffrey Russell practices Chinese Medicine in Louisville, KY. His practice uses acupuncture, herbalism, moxibustion and auricular medicine.  You can read about his clinic here. You can also reach him at 502 299-8900.


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