HHS Secretary and Chinese Minister of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Traditional Chinese Medicine Research

“Many Americans incorporate other medical practices in health care staff and are interested in the potential of a variety of approaches in traditional Chinese medicine,” said Leavitt. “This project will improve our understanding of how and when to appropriately integrate traditional Chinese medicine with Western medical approaches to improve the health of Chinese and American people.”Participants in the roundtable include a delegation from the Chinese State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, academics from universities in the United States, and scientists and researchers from NIH, the Indian Health Service and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese Vice Minister of Health Wang Guoqiang to foster collaboration between scientists of both countries in research on traditional Chinese medicine and integration.

The signing marks the opening of a two-day traditional Chinese medicine Research Roundtable at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The roundtable features scientific presentations by researchers from China and the United States. Topics include the synthesis of Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, criteria for evaluating traditional Chinese medicine practices and the application of modern scientific tools such as proteomics (the study of proteins) in the study of traditional Chinese medicine.

Thirty-six percent of Americans use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to the National Health Interview Survey 2002. United States, traditional Chinese medicine is an alternative medical system that is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. Integrative medicine combines mainstream medical practices with other medical practices.

Traditional Chinese medicine includes many practices, including acupuncture, tai chi therapy, and herbal. In 2007, the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) supported nearly $ 20 million for research on traditional Chinese medicine.

The Memorandum of Understanding and the establishment of an international collaboration will help advance scientific research on traditional Chinese medicine.

Leavitt has been achieved at the time of the signing by FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, NCCAM Director Josephine P. and Briggs, MD

The roundtable, which was coordinated by NCCAM, National Cancer Institute of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Fogarty International Center, will be held in advance of the fourth session of the US-China Economic Strategic Dialogue, which began today in Annapolis, Maryland

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