Traditional Chinese medicine could become a global leader in medical
treatment, a top science official said yesterday.
"Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), with its peculiar way of observing life
and disease, has the greatest potential for original innovations among all the
other academic disciplines in the country," Liu Yanhua, vice-minister of science
and technology, said.
made the comments at a ceremony marking the launch of a new report on TCM's
potential to prevent and treat major infectious and chronic diseases.
The document, "Outline for Innovative Development of TCM" was co-published by
16 central government ministries and other official bodies.
TCM and forthcoming breakthroughs in life science are expected to be "one of
the points of penetration for China's scientific research into the world".
To encourage more innovation, China will invest more money in the area and
encourage international cooperation in the TCM research field.
And to give TCM a better footing on the world market, "a system of standards"
would be established for medical treatments, medicine production, teaching,
scientific research and market entry.
Such a system of standards would help boost TCM's "recognition and
understanding" throughout the world, Yu Wenming, deputy director of the State
Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, said.
That system was expected to be the same as that applied to the world's
More monitoring efforts will also be made on the side effects of TCM,
according to the outline.
The State Food and Drug Administration received 369,000 reports of adverse
drug reactions last year, of which TCM accounted for 15 percent, Wu Zhen, deputy
director of the administration, said.
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