What alternative health

practitioners might not tell you



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Article about Professor Zhang Gongyao of Central South University, Hunan province, China, who has been warning that Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) is often unscientific, unreliable, dangerous, a threat to endangered species, and even fatal to humans in some cases. His comments have triggered an important debate in Chinese society and have revealed that many Chinese feel distrustful of traditional medicine, especially as their country moves into the global mainstream. According to the report, Chinese newspapers have been pointing out that China has about 270,000 traditional medicine practitioners today, far fewer than 800,000 in the early 20th century. Meanwhile, the number of physicians trained in Western medicine has soared from 87,000 in the early 20th century to about 1.75 million today. The respected Chinese newspaper, Southern Daily, commented "If the government wants people to trust traditional medicine, it must make a greater effort to prove the reliability and scientific basis of traditional medicine otherwise traditional medicine will keep declining every day". Canadian Globe and Mail (11th November 2006)