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White paper underlines China's efforts in TCM int'l exchanges
   2016-12-06 13:00:24    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Min Rui

American swimmer Natalie Coughlin posts a photo on her Instagram, showing her receiving the traditional Chinese cupping treatment. [Photo: Instagram]

A white paper released by the State Council Information Office on Tuesday has underlined China's efforts in promoting international exchanges and cooperation in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

The white paper, titled "Traditional Chinese Medicine in China", said traditional Chinese medicine has been spread to 183 countries and regions around the world.

According to the World Health Organization, 103 member states have given approval to the practice of acupuncture and moxibustion, 29 have enacted special statutes on traditional medicine, and 18 have included acupuncture and moxibustion treatment in their medical insurance provisions, the white paper said.

TCM medicines have gradually entered the international system of medicines, and some of them have been registered in Russia, Cuba, Vietnam, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and other nations, according to the white paper.

Moreover, the white paper stressed China's efforts in providing TCM medical aid overseas.

To date, China has sent medical teams to over 70 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, with TCM professionals in almost every team, accounting for 10 percent of the total number of staff. A project has been launched to build TCM centers in African countries, and specialized TCM stations have opened in Kuwait, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Malta, and Namibia.

In recent years, China has strengthened work in the prevention and control of AIDS and malaria in developing countries, and in African countries in particular. Chinese medical teams have treated complicated and refractory diseases with TCM, acupuncture and moxibustion, medical massage, and methods combining Chinese and Western medicine, saving many lives and winning extensive appreciation from governments and people concerned, the document said.

An introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners use a variety of techniques to promote health and treat disease. The most commonly used approaches include Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, and cupping.

Chinese herbal medicine

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine [File Photo: Baidu]

Chinese herbal medicine originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. Chinese herbal medicine practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices to treat or prevent health problems.

As part of a new health drive, Chinese authorities are stepping up research into herbal medicine and are encouraging scientists to look for its next magic cure.

The game changer for Chinese herbal medicine was undoubtedly the discovery of artemisinin, which landed China a Nobel Prize last year, and is now widely used in anti-malarial drugs throughout the world.

Tu Youyou, the Chinese researcher who discovered artemisinin, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine last year. She was the first Chinese national to win a Nobel Prize in science, and the award significantly raised public and academic interest in TCM.


Model Bar Refaeli has shared a snap of herself with needles sticking out of her face during an acupuncture session. [Photo: Instagram@ Bar Refaeli]

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine involving thin needles being inserted into the body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine.

It is commonly used for pain relief and is also used to treat a wide range of conditions.


Round brown marks left by the traditional Chinese cupping treatment are seen on the body of American Olympic champion Michael Phelps. [Photo: Sina Weibo]

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin.

Through suction, the skin is drawn into the cup by creating a vacuum in the cup placed on the skin over the targeted area.

The therapy has been used in ancient Chinese medicine for thousands of years as a way to treat pain, muscle stiffness and other issues.

This is favored by many Olympic athletes competing in Rio this year.

It caught people's attention because the therapy often leaves round marks that look like bruises on the skin, but certainly they are not.

Perhaps one of the most notable athletes to sport the signature cupping marks is Michael Phelps. Other athletes, including American swimmer Natalie Coughlin and American gymnast Alex Naddour have also embraced the practice, as you can see below.

American Olympic champion Michael Phelps receiving traditional Chinese cupping treatment. [Photo: Sina Weibo]

American gymnast Alex Naddour posts a photo on his Instagram, showing the round brown marks on his shoulder which are left by the traditional Chinese cupping treatment. [Photo: Instagram]

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