Chinese Medicine Around The World is an overview of what you can expect in different regions of the world, as stated by WHO (The World Health Organisation) who strongly supports the global integration of traditional medicine with Western medicine and recognises that traditional medicine is a vibrant and expanding part of health care.[i] Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO says:
“The two systems of traditional and Western medicine need not clash. Within the context of primary health care, they can blend together in a beneficial harmony, using the best features of each system, and compensating for certain weaknesses in each”.
- In 2014 there were over 4,200 registered practitioners of Chinese medicine
- The use of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture is supported by The Fertility Society of Australia
- Chinese medicine is regulated by the government and taught at degree level
- There are about 440 700 health-care institutions providing Chinese medicine; in both Chinese medicine and General hospitals, clinics and health stations
- About 90% of General hospitals include a Chinese medicine department which provides services for both outpatients and inpatients
- Chinese medical institutions are governed by the same national legislation on medical institutions as conventional medical institutions
- Patients are free to choose Chinese medicine or conventional medicine for their healthcare
- 84% of Japanese physicians use Kampo (the Japanese variation of Chinese medicine, mainly herbs) in daily practice[ii]
- In 2011 there were 295 049 registered medical doctors and 276 517 registered pharmacists who solely prescribed Kampo medicines[iii]
- Acupuncture, moxibustion, Japanese traditional massage, and judotherapy are partially covered by private health insurance
- Chinese herbal medicine was added to the basic health insurance package in 2012; this and four other types of therapy will be trialled until 2017 following the outcome of a referendum in which 67% of the population voted for the change.
- Since 1990 about half of the population used a traditional medicine each year[iv]
- The Minister for Health announced that Chinese medicine should be available within the NHS in 2014
- Chinese medicine is widely available, well regulated and taught at degree level
- Specialist training and treatment in fertility is available via organisations such as the Woman’s Natural Health Clinic.
United States of America
- There are about 50 accredited schools of Chinese medicine in the USA
- The American public is increasingly supportive of Chinese medicine; nearly 40% of Americans used complementary therapies in 2008, self-spending $33.9 billion in 2007.[v]
- Women, higher income and higher educated people are the greatest users of complementary medicine in the US
[i] WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023
[ii] Moschik EC et al. ‘Usage and Attitudes of Physicians in Japan Concerning Traditional Japanese Medicine (Kampo medicine): A Descriptive Evaluation of a Representative Questionnaire-Based Survey.’ Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012. Volume 2012, Article ID 139818,
[iii] Government of Japan, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). Annual Health, Labour and Welfare Report 2011–2012. Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, 2012.
[iv] Frass M et al. Use and Acceptance of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Among the General Population and Medical Personnel: A Systematic Review. The Ochsner Journal, 2012, 12(1): 45-56.
[v] ‘Development of traditional Chinese medicine in United States’ Beijing Da Xue Xue Bao. 2012 Oct 18;44(5):715-9.