14 Apr '11, 2am

TCM to be outlawed in European Union: BEIJING - Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbal treatments will be out...

TCM to be outlawed in European Union: BEIJING - Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbal treatments will be out...

BEIJING - Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbal treatments will be outlawed in European Union (EU) countries starting in May in a move that is likely to cost the industry $500 million (S$628.25 million) a year and put about 100,000 practitioners out of work. Under the EU legislation, named the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive, all traditional herbal medicines that have not received official approval will be pulled off store shelves. And, so far, none of the TCM products sold within the EU have been approved. "The coming ban will deal a huge blow to the TCM industry in the EU," said Shen Zhixiang, secretary-general of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies. The European market consumes about one fourth of the total TCM exports from China, according to statistics from China's State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In respo...

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