Frequently Asked Questions about Traditional Chinese Medicine

Q: How is Traditional Chinese Medicine recognised in Australia and globally?

A: TCM had been nationally registered in Australia in July 2012. And from then on, many countries in the World followed: They are Hungary, South Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Swaziland, Philippines, Chili, etc. Swaziland has included the acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine into their national healthcare system.

46 out of 50 states in the USA and 6 out of 10 states in Canada have recognised TCM. Within 196 countries in the World, there are 184 countries are with the practice of acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine. China and Australia signed the MOU on the development of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Australia on Nov 2014, and the related item also included into the Free Trade Agreement in 2015 for both countries.

There will be 11 government hospitals join-together to take a clinical trial on the treatment of Dementia and Alzheimer disease with Chinese Herbal Medicine (SE LUO TONG capsule) in Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane in 2018. We can see TCM industry as ready for further development in Australia.

Q: Why do we need Traditional Chinese Medicine?

A: Because people look forward to healthier and longer lives as their life quality has improved in the modern time. TCM centres around health maintenance, disease prevention, longevity, natural therapy, harmonising between environment and human beings, natural lifestyle, harmonising between physique and mental, diet, body constitution improvement, treating functional diseases, etc. which the medical and healthcare principles fulfil the demand for the people in the modern society.

Q: How do we learn Traditional Chinese Medicine?

A: As Chinese Medical philosophy originated from ancient time, firstly we need to know the concepts of the philosophy. Then we learn the channels, acupuncture points and the herbs which would heal the different kinds of diseases. Then practice is the most important part in SITCM for the students who master the basic skills and gain the initial clinical experience for their future practice. In the junior classes, we learn the theory, basic concepts and principles, in the senior class we learn from clients by combining knowledge and practice. TCM is not only a health care system; it changes your lifestyle. You do not only treat clients, but it also benefits your family, your friends. You will feel very accomplished when you help clients recover from diseases.