(Yicai Global) June 30 -- The BRICS Health Ministers Meeting and a high-level traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) meeting to be held in Tianjin July 6-7, will promote development of traditional Chinese medicine outside China.
"As BRICS countries are located in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, conducting exchanges and cooperation on traditional medicine, including traditional Chinese medicine, in the other four BRICS countries can set a model for relevant cooperation between China and other countries and bring traditional Chinese medicine to more countries and regions to significantly lift its influence around the world and fully promote it in going global," said Zhu Haidong, deputy director of the International Cooperation Department of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, at a briefing on June 28.
All parties will regard the meeting as a platform upon which to build further consensus on health cooperation among BRICS countries, inherit, develop and exploit TCM, promote its integration with modern medicine in an open and inclusive manner, implement the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy: 2014-2023 and relevant resolutions, push health-related sustainable development objectives through 2030, and conduct negotiations on and finalize the Tianjin Communique, one of the achievements at the BRICS Health Ministers Meeting.
"Each BRICS country has its own traditional pharmacopeia. Under the bilateral framework, China will conduct exchanges and cooperate with Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa on traditional medicine," pledged Zhu Haidong, adding that this will enhance their friendship and gain more support from the public for cooperation among BRICS countries.
TCM has spread to 183 countries and regions, with 103 member countries recognize use of acupuncture, 29 members have put in place laws and regulations on traditional medicine, 18 have included acupuncture into their medical insurance systems, per World Health Organization (WTO) statistics. TCM has also been included into the international pharmaceutical system and registered as medicine in countries such as Russia, Cuba, Vietnam, Singapore and the UAE.
Total exports of TCM products were USD3.426 billion last year, and hundreds of traditional Chinese medicine colleges have been established in more than 30 countries and regions to develop local traditional Chinese medicine talents, Zhu said. The China-based World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies has 201 members in 55 countries and regions, and the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies has 253 members in 67. About 13,000 foreign students study TCM in China each year and 200,000 patients outside China visit it to receive TCM therapy. China has sent medical teams to more than 70 countries, of which TCM specialists made up nearly 10%. Use of TCM is also widespread to prevent and treat critical diseases, such as a technological scheme to prevent and treat malaria using the TCM herbal simple of artemisinin in hot-spots such as Southeast Asia and Africa, thereby significantly reducing morbidity and saving many patients.