The debate about establishing a scientific basis for TCM still rages in Australia. A letter published in the Medical Journal of Australia (2012) by two medical academics strongly objects to the granting of academic degrees in alternative medicine, calling it “pseudoscience.” The letter asks academic institutions to “stand up for science.”
Defending Australian Medical Education.
The campaign to pressure universities and health funds to reject alternative medicine would have the effect of cutting off
Response came from Australian academics defending Australia’s mix of health science programs,
The Need to Improve Research.
A review of research into TCM treatment carried out by America’s National Institutes of Health found that
In 2013, the World Health Organization [WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy–World Health Organization, PDF] released a document that is now widely cited as evidence, and justification for making advertising claims in Australia. The Chinese Medicine Board of Australia has issued a rebuff of using the WHO document as justification for their statements. “Traditional use evidence” should not be regarded as valid evidence of effectiveness.
“All advertisers must ensure that any statements and claims made about Chinese medicine practice are not false, misleading or deceptive or create an unreasonable expectation of benefits…”
There is no doubt that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is based on facts established through long practical human experience over thousands of years.
Science to explain TCM.
Change is slow. However, throughout the TCM community, an awareness of merging science and tradition is appearing. Recently a new journal, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine has joined other medical journals. Articles begin to resemble those of other scientific medical publications.
Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medecine ( SITCM) offers a Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (BTCM) which is accredited by TEQSA and approved by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) for practitioner registration in all three divisions: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Dispensing, and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Please contact us to learn more.