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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is having a really good week. And a really bad week. On the Sept 26th Beijing Hour show (audio podcast is above), Paul and I talk about two major news stories this week regarding TCM. The good news comes from a prestigious medical award being awarded to a Chinese pharmacologist for her discovery in the 1970s of artemisinin, an extract of a famous Chinese herb which is now the cornerstone of malaria treatment all over the world. I think it’s the prime example of how good research can discover wonderfully effective treatments from Chinese herbs. The bad news comes from a China Daily article discussing how “among all academic theses on acupuncture indexed by the Science Citation Index (SCI), a leading world thesis index system, only 5 percent are from the Chinese mainland.” How can China, the birthplace of acupuncture, be an almost non-player in the research of its own creation? Click on the above audio links to find out.
You can listen to all my previous podcasts at the podcast archive. My Beijing Hour guest hosting is usually every Wednesday morning arounf 7:35AM. You can always listen to the Beijing Hour on EZFM 91.5, which is broadcast from 7-8am every weekday by host Paul James. EZFM is the popular bilingual radio station on the CRI Radio network, broadcasting here in Beijing and on multiple stations all over the world, as well as live online here.
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