During a recent visit to Beijing I walked through one of the largest bookstores in the City. The huge top floor contained books that seemed to be university text books. There were large sections on everything you would expect: math, computer programming, electronics, medicine, law et cetera. The amount of books on traditional Chinese medicine were enormous, probably about the same amount as the “western” medicine books or slightly more. So it seems that the support for TCM in Chinese academia is quite big. It would be interesting know how much the TCM and the “western” medicine blend together in the education of physicians in China.
Disappointing and sad. One of the great ripostes to traditional Chinese medicine advocates in the west is demonstrating how industrialized China has moved steadily away from TCM. I hate seeing this destructive erosion of the scientific evaluation and evolution of treatment. As opposed to wishful thinking, confirmation bias, and unregulated profiteering.
When I get a mild flu or cold, I do enjoy some hot and sour soup from the neighborhood Chinese restaurant.
Though on a really bizarre related note (especially since I kept reading the title as “TamiFlu for Flu”), I just discovered a very interesting. I am reading The Drunken Botanist. On page 183 is about a small Chinese evergreen tree related to the Magnolia. The pharmaceutical industry buys about 90% of the world’s supply of this tree’s fruit, star anise, to make TamiFlu.
I just thought it was a pretty cool factoid. Now back to the deck to continue reading the book in the fading sunlight.