Judith Farquhar on Integrating Alternative Medicine: Recent Chinese Experience
The People’s Republic of China has been a world leader in the successful inclusion of East Asian traditional medicine in the national public health system. Biomedical criticisms notwithstanding, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has found an important and official niche in China’s health services. Now, newly recognized traditional medicines are proliferating in China. This lecture reported on recent efforts to develop minority nationality medicines, and consider the implications for “integrated” (or disintegrating?) Chinese health care.