Traditional Medicines at the Heart of China’s Basic Healthcare

10 May 2009 (Last Updated May 10th, 2009 18:30)

The Chinese State Council says it aims to provide traditional medicine services to its citizens at all levels of its healthcare network. In a recent circular, the council has ordered county governments to set up traditional medicine departments and add such hospitals to their regular ne

The Chinese State Council says it aims to provide traditional medicine services to its citizens at all levels of its healthcare network.

In a recent circular, the council has ordered county governments to set up traditional medicine departments and add such hospitals to their regular network, according to news site China View.

Governments at all levels are also expected to increase investments in traditional medicine hospitals to improve facilities, support research and train doctors.

Theories and practices such as herbal medicines, acupuncture and dietary therapy are a part of Chinese medicine experiencing regained popularity.

The council also said such hospitals will be included in the list of designated hospitals under the country's health insurance programmes.

The circular does, however, acknowledge problems in passing on and renewing the ancient teaching. As a result, the government will register ancient medical books and develop a catalogue and digital database for them.

By staff writer.