DEVELOPMENT STATUS AND PROSPECT OF CHINESE MEDICINE EDUCATION IN SPAIN
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have existed for thousands of years in their country of origin and area of influence. In the West, they have been introduced gradually, however it is not until the last 40 years that its implementation has achieved great notoriety. This fact has generated a controversy that goes from its most staunch defenders to the most stubborn detractors, the former based on its benefits and the latter based on its lack of scientific evidence.
The WHO Strategy 2014-2023 on Traditional Medicine urges member countries to regulate it, as a step prior to their incorporation into the National Health Systems of each country. Even so, the controversy persists, although in recent years we have seen how it was regulated in countries like USA, Australia, Chile, Portugal, etc., in other countries it is in process of regulation more or less advanced.
In the present presentation, it is intended, from the analysis of the situation of the topic in the different countries of the world, to verify if, as we thought, there is a tendency to regulate TCM independently of Western allopathic medicine, at the same time as the practice of so-called "integrative Chinese medicine" (a combination of Chinese medicine and Western allopathic medicine) is progressing and the research projects on the subject.
This analysis should allow us to infer what should be its location in the university system, within the framework of the European educational system.
Research – Chinese Medicine – Natural medicine – Acupuncture – Historical Analysis – Legal Framework – Regulation – University education – European training