A doctor treats a patient with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) acupoint catgut embedding therapy in the evening at the Second Affiliated Hospital of the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Nov. 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Tao)
BEIJING, March 30 (Xinhua) -- China will step up efforts to boost the development of the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) industry during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), reported People's Daily Tuesday quoting officials.
China has basically completed the formulation of the 14th Five-Year Plan for TCM development, said Yu Wenming, director of China's National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, at a press conference held Monday.
China has also launched a series of major projects, including national TCM epidemic prevention and treatment bases, national TCM inheritance and innovation centers, and key hospitals with TCM characteristics, laying a foundation for promoting TCM inheritance and innovation, introduced Yu.
These projects will involve TCM medical treatment, health care, education and other respects at national, provincial, city and county levels, and the central government's investment in these projects may double that of the 13th Five-Year Plan period, according to Liu Qunfeng, head of the planning and finance department of the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
During the 14th Five-Year Plan period, China will further accelerate the construction of the TCM science and technology innovation system, said Li Yu, head of the science and technology department of the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Specific efforts will be made to promote the investigation, protection and research of ancient TCM documents, and set up 10 to 20 national TCM clinical medicine research centers and coordinated innovation networks, as well as about 30 national TCM inheritance and innovation centers by relying on TCM medical institutions and scientific research institutes, Li noted.
Efforts will also be made to establish a TCM service system that integrates prevention and health care, disease treatment and rehabilitation, start the building of national and regional TCM centers, and build TCM hospitals and departments with distinct advantages and characteristics, so as to provide high-quality and efficient TCM services, stated Jiang Jian, head of the medical administration department of the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
According to Lu Guohui, head of the personnel and education department of the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, emphasis will also be put on strengthening the training of TCM professionals, and another 1,000 or so inheritance studios of famous and senior grassroots TCM experts are planned to be built to serve the people.
(Edited by Gu Shanshan with Xinhua Silk Road, firstname.lastname@example.org)