Shenzhen to promote TCM in treating pre-disease conditions
Shanghai. March 15. INTERFAX-CHINA - Shenzhen will set up medical infrastructure to support the application of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in treating pre-disease conditions, Shenzhen Municipal Health, Population and Family Planning Commission announced on March 12.
People with pre-disease conditions are those who have been identified as being in the early stages of developing a particular disease.
According to the announcement, Shenzhen will first support the expansion of TCM medical institutions. Notably, Shenzhen Municipal TCM Hospital will be equipped with 1,500 beds by 2015. By the end of last year, the total bed count in Shenzhen's TCM medical institutions stood at 1,433.
In Shenzhen's Bao'an district, TCM medical institutions have started trialing the application of TCM in the treatment of pre-disease conditions since May 2009 and will complete the trial before the end of 2011. The trial will eventually be expanded to all TCM medical institutions in Shenzhen.
The current problems in promoting TCM in treating pre-disease conditions include a lack of initiative among TCM practitioners as well as a lack of relevant government regulations, the announcement said.
According to the announcement, Shenzhen Municipal Health, Population and Family Planning Commission has drafted a TCM regulation which aims to guarantee the development of TCM in the city, which will be examined and approved by the standing committee of Shenzhen People's Congress in March or April this year.