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A Story of Herbal Medicine Research


A Story of Herbal Medicine Research Chinese medicine made a huge contribution to medicine in 2015 with Professor Tu Youyou, an eighty-five year old TCM researcher of The Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China, received half of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2015. During the Vietnam War in the 1960s the Chinese government decided to set up a research program to find a new drug for treating malaria, which was highly prevalent in Vietnam. Many scientists conducted studies but their trials failed for 190 times. (1) One day, Ms. Tu Youyou found a record of malaria treatment with a Chinese herb QING HAO Artemisia in an ancient medical book dated back to 1600 years in the Jin dynasty. Rather than use the traditional boiling extraction methods, the Jin dynasty TCM doctor used the raw herbal juice instead. With this low temperature extraction method the malarial parasite had a 100% killing rate. Soon after Ms. Tu Youyou’s discovery, many TCM universities undertook clinical trials, and the chemical structure of the Artemisia was discovered. Through several decades of application and pharmaceutical refinement, the QING HAO SU (Artemisia extract drug) has been proven to become the most effective medicine for malaria surpassing Quinine, the traditional chemical drug for this disease. Soon it became the first choice of US marines for their overseas troops to combat malaria, and QING HAO SU (Coartem) was approved by FDA, United States, as a formal drug on 8 April 2009. (2) After wiping out malaria in China, the herbal drug was introduced to African countries where still were affected by malaria. Since then millions of lives have been saved. It is for this reason Professor Tu Youyou was awarded a Nobel Prize. (3) It is estimated that there are more than ten thousand of TCM books that were published before 1900 (4) which may contain hold great medical value waiting to be discovered. Studying Traditional Chinese Medicine is the first step of this discovery. The philosophy of TCM will benefit the learners. The enrolment into the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine for 2019 has now opened. Open day is 21th July 2018, 10:00am – 2:00pm. The course will commence on 18 February 2019. Ph: (02) 0291191290

References: (1) TIANSHAN net 5 Oct 2015; (2) Journal of Guangzhou University of Pharmacology, 2009, 3; (3) Lanzhou Morning Herald 7 January 2018; (4) Baidu Wikipedia, TCM classic literature 12 November 2017

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Global Development of Traditional Chinese Medicine


(Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine)

    • Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have spread into 183 countries globally. (1)
    • China has signed 83 international agreements with the governments where would like to develop TCM in their countries. (9)
    • National TCM Act / Registration have taken effect in the countries: Australia, South Africa, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Hungarian and Switzerland. Many other countries will follow. (2)
    • 45 out of 50 states recognized TCM in the USA and 5 out of 10 in Canada. (2)
    • UK and Europe regulated complementary medicine. (2)
    • German established and run a TCM hospital for more than 20 years now. (2)
    • Czech set up a TCM centre in 2016 (3)
    • Spanish is going to set up a TCM centre. (4)
    • Russia set up many TCM centre and schools in recent years. (2)
    • Global TCM industry is about USD$170 billion in 2016. (5)
    • There estimated that 300,000 TCM practitioners outside China and 40,000 medical doctors practice acupuncture. (2)
    • Nobel medicine price was awarded to a TCM professor Tu Youyou in 2015. (6)
    • 2018 Swedish Schobery Prize (USD$ 1 million) was award to Dr Chen Zhu (China), Anna Dejean (France) and Hugues De The (France) for their contribution on the treatment of APL (Leukemia) with As3O2 (Arsenic), which related to The TCM literature Compendium of Materia Medica 1590AD, China. (7)
    • Chinese government has provided Chinese medicine services to African people with more than 2,000 Chinese medicine doctors have been sent to Africa. (8)
    • More than 200,000 patients visit China for TCM treatments and 30,000 overseas students study TCM in China every year. (9)
    • 11,874,936 acupuncture services were provided by Australian General Practitioners from 1995-2011. (10)
    • Hong Kong is building the first TCM Hospital in history. (11)
    • President Trump first time signed acupuncture into USA Healthcare law. (12)
    • WHO will formally recognize TCM in 2019. (13)


References: (1) China Congress, March 2018; (2) International TCM conference, Beijing, 29 May 2016; (3) CCTV net: 28, April 2017; (4) 8 May 2017; (5) UWS news Nov 2016; (6) Nobel committee 5 Oct 2015; (7) Swedish Schobery Prize 6 Feb 2018 (8) Xinhua News Agency, 18 August 2018 (9) phoenix TV 1 Sep 2018 (10). Acupuncture in Medicine, 2013, 0, 1-6. (11) Hongkong 6, Aug 2018; (12) 24 Oct Healthcare law, USA; (13) Nature, 26 August 2018. 

Traditional Medicine officially included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)

Time: 2019-05-25 17:23:47

On May 25, 2019, the 72nd World Health Assembly reviewed and approved the Eleventh Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), which was the first to incorporate the traditional medical chapters that originated in Chinese Medicine.

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is an internationally disease classification standard promulgated by the WHO. It is the normative standard for disease classification by governments in medical, management, teaching, research and policy formulation. It is authoritative in the global health field. The ICD has undergone 10 revisions over the past 100 years. After the 11th revision of the ICD started by the WHO in 2007, the Chinese State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine organised a national TCM system expert to conduct research and discussion, formed a drafting organisation plan led by well-known domestic experts, and sent a commissioner to serve as a member of the WHO project advisory group.

There were many groups involved in the creation of ICD-11. The Joint Task Force (JTF) was the steering group for the ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (ICD-11-MMS). The JTF provided strategic and technical advice to the WHO for the finalisation of the ICD-11-MMS development. The input drew on scientific advice, where recommended by the JTF or the WHO. The primary focus of the JTF was to recommend the subset of the ICD-11 foundation that would be included as codes in the ICD-11-MMS, which would be used for international reporting, as well as how to appropriately structure those codes for tabulation and aggregation. The JTF also provided guidance and support for the development of the ICD-11-MMS reference guide, including mortality and morbidity coding rules, the use of post-coordination in the ICD-11-MMS, and the suitability of the product for use as a classification. The JTF also sought advice, as necessary, from any other project stakeholders, such as the RSG, the vertical TAGs, the WHO-FIC Network, or other identified experts.

While the CSAC and MSAC are part of the maintenance process of ICD-11, the JTF and the Revision Steering Group have ceased to exist. Several of the Topic Advisory Groups continue to exist in the form of working groups of the relevant scientific societies and contribute with their expertise to the work of the MSAC.

The World Health Organsiation’s Director-General’s Report states that ICD-11 includes a supplemental chapter titled “Traditional Medical Diseases – Module 1”. Incorporating additional chapters on traditional medicine into the International Classification of Diseases not only enables us to measure traditional medical services and medical conditions for the first time, but allows comparing their form, frequency, effectiveness, safety, quality, results and costs, with mainstream medicine. Comparisons with research can also be made.

The official release of ICD-11 helps China to establish a statistical network that links with international standards and reflects the information on Chinese medicine health services. From the perspective of statistical analysis, it highlights the ability and status of Chinese Medicine services in human health services. The international exchange and cooperation of Chinese Medicine, promoting the integration and development of Chinese medicine and the medical and health systems of all countries in the world, and laying a foundation for the world to understand and use Chinese Medicine, has very important practical and far-reaching historical significance.

Under the lead organisation and technical guidance of the WHO, after long-term efforts, and finally with the cooperation of relevant countries, I have established a disease classification system based on Traditional Chinese Medicine which also takes into account the traditional medical contents of Japan and South Korea in ICD-11. The article comprising of 150 traditional diseases and 196 syndromes (excluding specific and non-specific disease syndromes) was incorporated into the ICD-11 traditional medicine chapter.

China-Philippines Chinese Medicine Center unveiled in Manila 18 June 2019
Source: China Central Radio and TV Station International Online
Reporter: Wang Huayu Wang Haili

The China-Philippines Chinese Medicine Center held its unveiling ceremony in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, on June 17. The center is the "2018 Chinese Medicine International Cooperation Special Project" which was applied for by Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and approved by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is also the first Chinese medicine center in the Philippines.
Zheng Qiming, director of the China-Philippines Chinese Medicine Center, said that the center provides Chinese medicine services to local people, including acupuncture, scraping and massage, with the aim of giving the Philippine society a deeper understanding of Chinese medicine. In addition, the center also plans to build a Chinese medicine overseas training platform to promote the local Chinese medicine practitioner training and Chinese medicine application in the Philippines, so that Chinese medicine is highly recognized by the mainstream society in the Philippines.
Tian Shanting, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines, said that Chinese medicine is an important part of China's excellent traditional culture and hopes to promote it in the Philippines in the future.

European Medical Journal sited and adopted TCM herbal medicine for pre-cancer condition 18 June 2019

"Mordan, a herbal preparation, in a randomized controlled trial of 196 patients with chronic atrophic gastritis with dysplasia, was reported to reduce the rate of dysplasia by 24.6%." A recent reference in the Endoscopy International Authoritative Journal Endoscopy on the management of gastric epithelial precancerous diseases and lesions (MAPS II) is also the only Chinese medicine research cited in the treatment section of this article.

This reference comes from a team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Tang Xudong, published in the Journal of Chinese Journal of Combined Medicine, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2016. It involved a randomized controlled clinical trial of Morodan in the treatment of chronic atrophic gastritis with dysplasia. The efficacy of Morodan in the treatment of precancerous lesions was evaluated.

The research team relied on the Xiyuan Hospital of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Oriental Hospital of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, and the Second Affiliated Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It adopted a multi-center, randomized, positive drug-controlled clinical trial design method. The study included 383 patients with chronic atrophic gastritis with mild-to-moderate dysplasia. The patients were randomly divided into Chinese medicine syndrome treatment group, Chinese patent medicine Morodan group, and Western medicine folic acid group. The Chinese medicine hospital was randomly divided into Chinese medicine syndrome group and Western medicine folic acid group. In the randomized blind evaluation study, the Western Hospital patients (196 in total) were randomly divided into the Chinese patent medicine Morodan group and the Western medicine folic acid group. The randomized, double-blind, double-simulation study was performed for 6 months. The histological score was the main efficacy evaluation. The indicators were based on symptom scores, endoscopic mucosal lesion scores, and patient-reported outcome scales as secondary efficacy measures.

The results showed that the traditional Chinese medicine comprehensive treatment group (Traditional Chinese Medicine Syndrome Treatment Group and Morodan treatment group) improved the histopathological score better than the folic acid group. Among them, the Chinese medicine differentiation syndrome treatment group had a high rate of dysplasia, but there is no double-blind method due to the dosage form of the decoction, and there were methodological defects. The team only published a randomized controlled double-blind double simulation study in the Western Hospital. The results showed that the disappearance rate of atrophy and intestinal metaplasia was 34.6% and 23.0% in the treatment group and 24.3% and 13.6% in the folic acid control group. Morodan improved ocular erythema and bile reflux. Upper abdominal pain, upper abdominal blockage, hernia and loss of appetite were significantly better treated with Morodan than folic acid.

As the latest guide to comprehensive management of precancerous lesions in Europe, MAPSII is an updated version based on MAPS I for 7 years. The citation of the results of Chinese medicine research indicates that the evidence-based evidence of TCM has been more widely accepted and promoted worldwide, and it is of great significance for the globalisation of Chinese medicine.

First TCM Hospital in Egypt

Xinhua News Agency, Cairo, April 14,2019 (Reporter Wu Danni, Zhu Qiqi)

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Health Management and Service Innovation Center and Egypt Chinese University signed an agreement at the International Conference on Chinese Medicine and Functional Medicine in Cairo on the 14th. The two sides will jointly establish the Egyptian Chinese Medicine Hospital.

Bao Yong, director of the Center for Health Management and Service Innovation at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency that in the future, the two sides will work together to train Egyptian Chinese medicine professionals, not only to invite Egyptian medical personnel to study and exchange in China, but also to study at the Chinese University of Egypt.

The President of the Chinese University of Egypt and the former Minister of Higher Education of Egypt, Ashraf Shiha, said that China has made great achievements in the medical field. Traditional Chinese medicine contains unique therapeutic concepts. Integrating the advantages of traditional Chinese medicine into the Egyptian medical system is a win-win situation.

The International Conference on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Functional Medicine was held for two days and was co-sponsored by the Egyptian Ministry of Health, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Health Management and Service Innovation Center and the Egyptian University of China. The content includes traditional Chinese medicine and functional medicine reports, traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine research.

A successful treatment

Chinese Consulate General in Perth 30 May 2019

On the morning of February 23, 2019, Chinese student Tingting was seriously injured in a collision with a large truck while driving a car in Perth. She was sent to the Perth Royal Hospital for emergency treatment. After the Consulate General was informed, the first time to send staff to the hospital for the verification, the hospital is required to rescue. At the same time, I got in touch with Tingting's family and informed them of the relevant situation to help Tingting's mother arrive in Perth as soon as possible.

The hospital stated that Tingting was in a coma due to a serious head injury from the accident. Although the hospital was fully rescued, the brain was over damaged and could not take further treatment. It could only rely on ventilators and other equipment to maintain vital signs. The situation was critical. Tingting's condition affected the hearts of everyone involved. While urging the hospital to continue to do its best to treat Tingting, the Consulate actively contacted Perth Chinese doctor Xu. With the family’s agreement, Dr. Xu began acupuncture treatment for Tingting. After nearly half a month, a miracle happened! Tingting not only awakened from the coma, but also resumed spontaneous breathing. She could express her will with gestures. Although she could not speak, she was out of danger and gave great comfort to her family and her friends.

Dr Xu has successfully treated two Chinese citizens who were deeply coma through acupuncture treatment. This time, he treated Tingting every day for three consecutive months. In the course of treatment, he worked extremely hard and his superb medical skills and professionalism gained diplomatic ties praise.

On April 19 and May 21, Vice Consul General Jin Qian went to the hospital twice to visit Tingting, conveyed the concern and condolences of the consulate, and further assisted the family to formulate the next treatment plan and properly handle related follow-up matters. At present, Tingting has recovered well and can stand with support. The family has contacted a hospital in China and plans to return Tingting for treatment there in the near future.

After the accident, the local police and relevant departments rushed to the scene to carry out the rescue and sent Tingting to the hospital for emergency, which won valuable time for the follow-up treatment. At the same time, our officers actively tried to mobilize the strength of the overseas Chinese community to provide timely and meaningful assistance to the injured. The superb medical skills of famous Chinese doctors in the locality not only saved a young life, but also made the magical role of acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medical gem, known to more and more locals. This will develop interest in and enthusiasm for Chinese traditional culture among the people of Western Australia.

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