Chinese herbal medicine in health care: What can be learned from the context of hong kong?

W. F. Lai, Chung Yee Zenobia Chan

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Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is a popular form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Nowadays, the utilization of CAM is growing dramatically worldwide, albeit within the context of the domination of Western medicine (WM) in global medical systems. Based on the scattershot observations of situations in different places, we discern that the establishment of nomothetic control would be one of the necessary initial stages of CHM development. In this chapter, apart from explaining why such a legislative framework can function as a potential indicator regarding the growth and modernization of CHM in a region, we will also discuss the practical aspect of CHM and explore some of its exciting potential in health care sectors. It is worth noting that this is the first publication in the field to use the context of Hong Kong as a reference to comprehend and infer potential challenges and pre-conditions needed for furtherance of CHM in the direction of integrative Chinese and Western medicine (ICWM) and other practical areas under the social environment of an incompletely sinicized society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationAcupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Therapies
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781620815298
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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