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Chinese acupuncture is expected to be included in the US " Medicare " 

文章更新:贝诺康医药   更新时间:2018年11月01日   分享到:

The news comes from a White House announcement on October 24: Trump has signed a bill called H.R.6 to find alternative medicines and therapies for pain and curb the spread of opioid painkillers in the United States.

The US political news website Politico noted that the bill included acupuncture and medical massage as alternative therapies to be evaluated. This means that Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion is expected to be recognized by the US Department of Health as one of the alternative pain treatments paid for by federal insurance. To Just in February of this year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (VHA) included acupuncturists in the medical system catalog and began recruiting licensed acupuncturists in March. This means that the U.S. federal agency has officially recognized the profession of therapist after the states. As of January 1 this year, the number of licensed acupuncturists in the United States has increased by 257% over 1998, reaching approximately 38,000, and there are about 60 accredited acupuncture schools in the United States. Today, 47 of the 50 U.S. states, as well as Washington, D.C., have passed legislation to legalize acupuncture. If the effects of acupuncture and moxibustion can be confirmed in the assessment required by the US federal law, acupuncture and moxibustion may enter the US medical insurance system and usher in the opportunity for further development.


Chinese medicine will be included in the WHO Global Medical Compendium for the first time

The highest authority of the World Health Organization, the World Health Assembly, will launch the organization's 11th edition of the Global Medical Compendium in 2019. According to a report in the American journal Nature, the World Health Organization included Chinese medicine in the latest edition of the Global Medical Compendium for the first time.

The information of the newly incorporated traditional Chinese medicine will be included in Chapter 26 of the 11th edition of the Global Medical Compendium. This chapter mainly explains the classification system of traditional medicine, which will be implemented in WHO member states in 2022.


The Global Medical Compendium is also known as the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, which has absolute influence in the world.

Traditional Chinese medicine (Traditional Chinese medicine) is widely praised and praised in many countries and regions in the world, and more and more foreigners are willing to try and receive Chinese medicine treatment. For example, cupping, which is called the "Red Circle in the East" by foreigners, has spread all over the world, and many political figures, celebrities, and athletes are fans. More and more foreign friends believe in and use Chinese medicine, and at the same time become obsessed with learning Chinese medicine.

It should be easy to obtain Since traditional medicine is part of the goal of achieving universal health care, the WHO has been very supportive of Chinese medicine. According to the WHO, in some countries, traditional medicine is cheaper and easier to obtain than western medicine.

WHO officials also stated that there was a lack of global classification and terminology tools for Chinese medicine.

The Global Medical Compendium makes up for this. According to “Nature”, Choi Seung-hoon, the traditional medicine consultant of the Manila West Pacific Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the time, led dozens of representatives from Asian countries to put forward a list of 3106 traditional medicine terms. English translation. These contents will be included in Chapter 26 of the Global Medical Compendium, explaining the classification system of traditional medicine.

In an interview with Nature, the WHO stated that the goal of its traditional medicine strategy is to “incorporate traditional medicine products, practitioners, and medical practices into the health system through supervision, research, and where appropriate, to promote the safe and effective application of traditional medicine."