The Modernization of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Taiwan—Past, Present and Future

  • Chieh Fu Chen
  • Yau Chik Shum
  • Sze Piao Yang
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 546)

Abstract

Honed by clinical wisdom accumulated over thousands of years, a time-tested system encompassing theory, system, structure, education, examination, and practice has evolved for traditional Chinese Medicine. Although unassuming, as characteristic of Oriental tradition and heritage, Chinese Medicine nonetheless has faithfully and steadfastly served to protect the health of the Chinese and neighboring populace over thousands of years. In Mainland China, Chinese Medicine has never been relegated to the status of alternative medicine. Instead, the government has spearheaded the modernization of Chinese Medicine since 1950. Instead of pitting the two major health protection systems, viz. Chinese Medicine and the Western system against each other in confrontations and competitions, recent efforts have been directed at integrating the complementary aspects of the two systems into a comprehensive system, integrative medicine. Young doctors, known as East-West Integrative Medical doctors (“New Generation” Chinese Medicine medical doctors in Taiwan) are trained in both disciplines to assume primary and secondary medical care in the community. The results are increasingly recognized and accepted by Western nations.

Keywords

Chinese Medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine Western Medicine China Medical College Integrative Medicine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chieh Fu Chen
    • 1
  • Yau Chik Shum
    • 2
  • Sze Piao Yang
    • 3
  1. 1.National Research Institute of Chinese MedicinePeitou, Taipei, (112)Taiwan
  2. 2.Institute of Pharmacology, School of MedicineNational Yang-Ming UniversityPeitou, Taipei, (112)Taiwan
  3. 3.Society for Integration of Chinese, and Western MedicineR.O.C.ChanghuaTaiwan

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