Strategies in Developing Integrative Medicine in China
Training of academic personnel and continued development of hospitals, schools and research institutions are key steps in advancing the profession of integrative medicine, asserts Dr. Chen Shikui.
More Evidence-Based Research Is Needed
Dr. Ian Tseng, a rheumatologist from the University of British Columbia, Canada suggested that it is essential for Traditional Chinese Medicine to gather evidence of its efficacy in order to gain acceptance by Western physicians.
Cancer Medications Based on Chinese Herbs
Professor Tommy Cheng of Yale University discussed his innovative approach in developing a botanical prescription drug to reduce the toxic effects of chemotherapy cancer treatments and to enhance the therapeutic effects of a broad spectrum of anti-cancer treatments.
Challenges in Using Herbal Medicine in Germany
Professor Rudolf Bauer, Ph.D. of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Graz in Austria states that quality control and the assurance of the safety of raw materials are among the challenges when the first traditional Chinese medicine hospital was opened in Germany. Professor Bauer is one of the major figures in addressing this issue in Europe.
Defining Integrative East-West Medicine
In five succinct statements, Professor Li En sums up the scope and objectives of Integrative East-West Medicine.
How to Bridge Traditional Chinese and Western Medicines
Leroy Hood, Ph.D. discusses the important role of the systems approach that uses new strategies, technologies, and computational tools, which, together, may hold the key to successfully blending traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine.
Using Herbal Medicine in Denmark
Peter Frandsen, M.D., Medical Director of the Odsense University Hospital in Denmark, discusses the challenges Traditional Chinese Medicine faces in the Western world.
Path to Leadership in Integrative Medicine
A pioneer of integrative medicine, Dr. Chen Keji, tells about his childhood contact with traditional Chinese medicine, and how he later took upon the study of Chinese medicine after his training in Western medicine.
What the Future May Hold for Integrative Medicine
Multiple perspectives for the future of integrative medicine and its integration into mainstream practices were shared by Professor Chun-Tao Che, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Professor Ka-Kit Hui, Director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine; and Dr. David Wong, rheumatologist in Canada.
Overcoming Hurdles in Gaining Acceptance by the Mainstream
The biggest challenges for traditional Chinese medicine is to prove that it is safe and evidence-based, stated Professor Gustav Dobos of Germany. These hurdles include difficulties in obtaining funding for research in this area.