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A review of stories making the headlines.

Confucius, TCM best represent Chinese culture
Straits Times, 4 January 2011

In Singapore, a survey among 2,000 college students shows that Confucius, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and former chairman Mao Zedong broke into the top 10 Chinese cultural icons among the 270 candidates. Other items on the top 10 list are Chinese characters, calligraphy, the Great Wall, the five-star national flag, the Imperial Palace, statesman Deng Xiaoping and the Terracotta Warriors.

Alternative medicine gaining ground in Malaysia
Mb.com.ph, 4 January 2011

Alternative medicine is increasingly gaining acceptance among Malaysians in not only maintaining good health but also in treating ailments. In Malaysia, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda and Siddha medicine are the three most common alternatives for the Chinese and Indian communities. The president of the Malaysian Society for Complementary Medicine (MSCM) Dr Lee Chee Pheng said TCM is the fastest growing industry in the world based on the market demand. The Health Ministry is going to introduce the TCM Act, which is expected to be effective by next year, and would provide guidelines to better regulate TCM practices in Malaysia.

TCM associations call for guidelines on fees, charges
Channelnewsasia.com, 6 January 2011

Two Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) associations in Singapore are urging the TCM Practitioners Board for guidelines on fees and charges. The Association for Promoting Chinese Medicines and Singapore Chinese Physicians Association, representing some 2,000 practitioners, are calling for the introduction of a charging guideline. There is currently no set structure, resulting in customers either overpaying or being undercharged. Some customers have even reported paying up to S$5,000.

Hefty investment boosts traditional Tibetan medicine
Xinhuanet.com, 7 January 2011

China spent nearly 288 million yuan between 2006 and 2010 to boost traditional Tibetan medicine and improve medical facilities in Tibet. 128 million yuan was used for the establishment of new hospitals and the renovation of six prefecture-level hospitals. Another 52 million yuan was spent to renovate local medical facilities. A 40-million-yuan research body has been established to facilitate R&D in traditional Tibetan medicine. In addition, 68 million yuan are specially used to improve pharmaceutical and first-aid services in Tibetan hospitals. Tibetan medicine is at least 2,300 years old, and has absorbed the influences of traditional Chinese, Indian and Arab medicines.

TCM rehab center opens in Shenyang
INTERFAX-CHINA, 12 January 2011

Liaoning TCM Hospital in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province, has opened an on-site traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) rehabilitation center. According to the announcement, the 5,000-bed center is the largest of its kind in China, and will provide treatment and rehabilitation services for patients suffering from occupational injuries, pediatric cerebral palsy, and geriatric diseases. Services provided by the center are covered by the national medical insurance program, the announcement also said.

China to strengthen traditional Chinese medicine R&D
Xinhuanet.com, 14 January 2011

China will upgrade its research and development (R&D) of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in 2011 by improving the inheritance and innovation systems, according to Wang Guoqiang, vice health minister and director of the State Administration of TCM. In terms of inheritance, efforts will be made to establish databases of ancient TCM publications, to study its basic theories and to conduct a general survey on TCM resources. Wang also called for innovation in building a clinical R&D system, setting up key labs, facilitating technology transfers into the industry and improving R&D management and quality control. Wang said China would further develop traditional Chinese medicine amid the country's ongoing reform of the national health care system.

Tainted herbal powder recalled
Hong Kong's Information Services Department, 15 January 2011

The Department of Health has instructed Dynamic Medical Company to recall Chinese herbal powder Ramulus Cinnamomi as it is believed to be contaminated with aconitum alkaloids. A 27-year-old woman developed palpitations, dizziness, chest discomfort and shortness of breath after consuming the powder and was hospitalized. The powder, with a batch number B20100513, was manufactured on the Mainland, and was supplied by a local licensed Chinese herbal medicines wholesaler named Dynamic Medical Company. The department has informed drug regulatory authorities on the Mainland for further investigation.

Remedies in hand for sore feet
The Standard, 21 January 2011

Chinese medicine practitioners at the University of Hong Kong in collaborated with organizers of the Standard Chartered Marathon have designed a series of medical therapies, including soups, acupressure and foot soak, that aid athletic performance and recovery. Doris Mok, president of the Bachelor of Chinese Medicine Alumni Association at HKU, said after training, athletes can make soup with American ginseng, peanuts and purple haricot for recovery. Athletes are also recommended to apply acupressure to acupoints like the Greater Yang point and the Fengchi point.

The oldest acupuncture school in texas offers dual master's degree program with Chinese university
Medical News Today, 23 January 2011

Having pioneered acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine education in US, the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCTCM) has recently gone global. TCTCM has concluded a dual-degree program agreement with Zhejiang Chinese Medical University (ZCMU), Hangzhou, China. TCTCM have the opportunity to earn two degrees; one in the United States and one in China. Masters candidates enrolled in this program are required to attend courses and fulfill an internship in China. This agreement marks the first time that a major Chinese University has recognized the equivalency of an American institution's acupuncture and oriental medicine degree program.

China tightening regulation of processed TCM materials sector
INTERFAX-CHINA, 26 January 2011

China is strengthening regulation of its processed traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) material sector. The regulations urge local drug watchdogs to focus on rooting out unlicensed suppliers of raw TCM materials. The new rules also prohibit companies from repackaging processed TCM materials produced by other manufacturers. Medical institutions are required to standardize purchase management of processed TCM materials, while drug suppliers must now provide quality assurance reports, business licenses and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certificates to the hospitals they service.

Compiled By:
Rose Tse, Integrated Chinese Medicine Holdings Ltd.
Tweety Tse, Integrated Chinese Medicine Holdings Ltd.