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CHINESE MEDICINE IN THE WEST
By Dr. Roni Sapir
Academic Dean of East-West
President of IACCMP
Director of WFCMS
Acupuncture gained attention in the United States after
President Nixon visited China in 1972.
Traveling with Nixon was New
York Times reporter
James Reston, who received acupuncture in China after undergoing
an emergency appendectomy. Reston was so impressed with the
post-operative pain relief the procedure provided that he Reston
wrote about acupuncture upon returning to the United States.
In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) formally
recognized acupuncture as a mainstream medicine healing option
with a statement documenting the procedure's safety and efficacy
for treating a range of health conditions. While awareness of
acupuncture is growing, many conventional physicians are still
unfamiliar with both the theory and practice of acupuncture.
Chinese Medicine has developed rapidly in different aspects:
Schools of Chinese Medicine opened in the USA and Europe. The
common program is full time 4 years program that integrate
Western Medicine as part of the program.
Beside the Schools' Clinics for Acupuncture started to be part
of the normal use of the public followed by Chinese herbal
Medicine which started to be available on the end of the 80s.
At the beginning of the 90s Tui-na was introduced to the west as
major touch technique alongside with Qi Kong.
In Israel which the level and popularity of Chinese Medicine are
at the highest in the western world the development is very
rapid and the work for recognition is intensive and including
great efforts in 3 levels:
The first level
of action is making TCM available
everywhere in the country. Today Chinese Medicine practiced
in all Hospitals, Medical Centers, National Health Centers and
hundreds of Private Clinics are spread all over the country.
The second level
is the Education in which there are 4 main School for Chinese
Medicine that train practitioners to the top professional level.
There are hundreds of 4 years graduates every year in the
average age of 30 years old.
The third level
of action is getting Accreditation and
Regulation of TCM by the Israeli
Parliament. That work is cooperation between the health ministry
of Israel and the Israeli Association of Chinese Medicine.
My organization: East-West, the Israeli Center of Classic
Chinese Medicine is the largest in Israel and probably in the
The organization includes Education Centers which has 4 years
undergraduates program of Chinese Medicine,
Postgraduates Center for advance study in TCM,
20 hospitals all around Israel, 80
Acupuncture Clinics all over Israel, Pharmacy, Acupuncture
needles production line, Library and cooperation with Zhongfang
International Red Cross Hospital, which I had the honor to be
one of the initiators together with Dr.
I wish to open an International advance continuing study Center
in the Zhongfang Hospital. This Center will attract
postgraduate, Drs and Practitioners
from all over the world to come and study from the top doctors
of this very unique hospital.