China is the only country in the world where Western medicine and traditional medicine are practised alongside each other at every level of the healthcare system.
Traditional Chinese medicine has a unique theoretical and practical approach to the treatment of disease, which has developed over thousands of years.
Traditional treatments include herbal remedies, acupuncture, acupressure and massage, and moxibustion.
They account for around 40% of all health care delivered in China.
The current government policy of expansion of traditional facilities and manpower is being questioned because many hospitals using traditional Chinese medicine are already underutilised and depend on government subsidies for survival.
Research priorities include randomised controlled trials of common treatments and analysis of the active agents in herbal remedies.
As more studies show the clinical effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicine, an integrated approach to disease using a combination of Western medicine and traditional approaches becomes a possibility for the future.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecine chinoise, Système santé, Organisation santé, Médecine traditionnelle, Médecine occidentale, Homme, Chine, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Chinese medicine, Health system, Public health organization, Folk medicine, Western medicine, Human, China, Asia
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0391644
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 12/09/1997.