Australia Legalizes Traditional Chinese Medicine
   2012-07-19 20:50:28    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: liuranran

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has said that as of July 1, acupuncturists and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners must be registered under the national registration and accreditation scheme with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA).

A screenshot of the official website of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) [Photo: Agencies]

Five thousand Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinics are reportedly in Australia now. They serve about 2.8 million people every year and 80 percent of the patients are native English speakers.

"Some of the traditional Chinese medicines, such as acupuncture, massage and other treatments can cure a number of diseases that can't be done by western medicine, especially some chronic diseases," claimed an unidentified surgeon from Westmead Hospital in Sydney.

"This initiative by the Australian government not only legalizes Chinese medicine, but also raises the social status of Chinese medical practitioners." Deng Li, Australian correspondent from CRI said. "Chinese medicine now enjoys a high degree of social recognition in Australia."

However some of famous Chinese medicine doctors in Australia are without BA, MA or PhD degrees and complain about the requirements for governmental registration such as a high educational level and English proficiency.

A Chinese herbal pharmacy. Chinese herbs have been used for centuries. Among the earliest literature are lists of prescriptions for specific ailments, exemplified by the manuscript "Recipes for 52 Ailments", found in the Mawangdui tombs which were sealed in 168 BC. [Photo: Agencies]

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