Chinese Medicine in Crisis by Heiner Fruehauf

Chinese Medicine In Crisis: Science, Politics, And The Making Of “TCM” By Heiner Fruehauf

The latter half of the 19th century and through the end of the 20th century has been a time of great political, economic, cultural, and scientific transformation in China. Chinese medicine, the shining gem of traditional science, has had to endure many assaults in this process, sinking the field into a quagmire where it had to fight bitterly for its own survival. This course of events can be called “The Century When Traditional Chinese Medicine Was Tied up in the Straightjacket of Utter Delusion.”
~ Li Zhichong, Director of Chinese TCM Association, 2002

This article is based on the conviction that the traditional art of Oriental medicine is dying–both in mainland China, home of the mother trunk of the field, and consequently overseas where branches of the tree are trying to grow. (2) It may be an anachronistic piece, written at a time when TCM administrators around the world are celebrating major advances in the field, such as increasing numbers of students, practitioners, patients, colleges, universities, and hospitals, which all appear to reflect a booming state of Oriental medicine. But if we truly respect our tradition as a living organism and listen intently to the deeper layers of its pulse, it becomes evident that the original vitality of the system is expiring, although its true condition may be obscured by a steroidal glow on the surface.

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