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TCM, Western Medicine Can be Integrated for Better Health (China)

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

There is an ongoing debate in China as to whether Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western pharmaceuticals can learn to co-exist. Chen Zhu, China's health minister, is a firm supporter that TCM and Western medicine do not have to be mutually exclusive. There has been a significant push from within China and around the world to prove the effectiveness of TCM scientifically. But experts say the benefits of TCM are not always scientific and can not always be measured by Westernized standards. This makes supporters like Chen Zhu hopeful that the two medical philosophies can be made to compliment each other. On the other hand, critics say this vastly different outlook is what makes it impossible for the two to work together. (Click here for more

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