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Acupuncture is a widely accepted form of therapy and is increasingly being incorporated into the western medical environment, both in hospitals as well as in general practice. The New York Times senior editor, James Reston's report on acupuncture anaesthesia during the historic Nixon visit to China in 1972, gave impetus to the spread of acupuncture usage internationally.
Chinese Medicine as a comprehensive medical system has hitherto remained largely obscure to the rest of the world, except for East and South East Asia; however the systematic modernisation of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, and its integration with Western medicine, has given rise to a new healthcare model increasingly adopted by eastern countries. The demand for Chinese Medicine in the west has necessitated a considerable reaction from various government bodies and the pharmaceutical industry as well as the medical profession. Education, proper practice and safety in medicine have become the key issues of concern for those who work towards an established role which Chinese Medicine can contribute to humanity's healthcare. The Chinese health authorities and medical profession are increasingly concerned with unsafe and unqualified practice of Chinese Medicine in the West. A consensus decision has been reached to increase the level of education in the medical profession, and to set up safety protocol for Chinese medical practice and medicinal products
The Chinese Medical Institute and register (CMIR) is set up jointly by the AcuMedic Foundation and the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, and forms part of this programme to ensure optimum standards. The institute is dedicated to the modernisation of Chinese Medicine, and its proper integration into conventional mainstream medical practice. Focusing on educational programmes of a high standard, the Institute enjoys the backing of the top educational institution in China; whilst also co-ordinating research projects internationally. The institute maintains a register of properly qualified practitioners, who abide by a set of practice code. The other functions of the institute are to provide a forum for academic exchange and public awareness of the benefits and development of Chinese medicine, of which acupuncture is a part. The Institute also has a publishing programme to facilitate the above aims.
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The Forum, AcuMedic Centre, 7th September 2013
On 31st December 2013 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will end the 'sell through' transition period of herbal medicine products. What this means to Chinese medicine practitioners is that they have to set up their own dispensary to individually make up and prescribe herbal medicine. They can no longer prescribe ready-made herbal medicine products to their patients.
Professor Man Fong Mei, Chairman of the CMIR and the Chinese Medical Council (CMC), led the seminar by providing a clear explanation of the ongoing regulatory situation and what practitioners must do to ensure that they retain the right to prescribe herbal medicine. Chinese medicine practitioners must take the following steps:
We are pleased to announce that there will be three foundation courses on Chinese medicine and acupuncture held during 2014.
On 31st December 2013 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will end the 'sell through' transition period of herbal medicine products in the UK.
What this means to Chinese medicine practitioners is that they have to set up their own dispensary to individually prescribe and make up herbal medicine for their patients. They can no longer prescribe ready-made herbal medicine products.
The Statutory Regulation proposal from the Department of Health to establish the 'qualified prescriber' is still under consideration. Once enacted, all practitioners will have to demonstrate their adequate qualifications as 'qualified prescriber' before they can prescribe Chinese medicine. The CMIR Chinese Herbal Materia Medica Diploma Postgraduate programme is designed to meet this requirement.