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Accelerating the integration of traditional Chinese and Western Medicine

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At a symposium held by experts and scholars a few days ago, General Secretary Xi Jinping stressed that the combination of traditional Chinese and Western medicine and the use of both Chinese and Western medicine are a major feature of the epidemic prevention and control, and also a vivid practice of inheriting the essence of traditional Chinese medicine, keeping integrity and innovating.

With unprecedented strength, TCM intervened early and participated in the whole process, and cooperated with western medicine in consultation and treatment.Under the guidance of the holistic view of traditional Chinese medicine and the principle of syndrome differentiation and treatment, the integrated treatment of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine is an effective method to improve the cure rate, reduce the death rate and the proportion of "light to heavy", which is also one of the biggest highlights of the epidemic prevention and control in China.

Wuhan Jiangxia fangcang hospital, which was led by academician Zhang Boli, opened its cabin on February 14. It has treated more than 500 patients with integrated traditional Chinese medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. It has achieved "zero death", "zero conversion" and "zero infection" for medical staff.

Chinese clinical practice has repeatedly proved that the integration of traditional Chinese medicine elements into western medicine diagnosis and treatment programs can often form a unique clinical advantage.For example, the clinical evidence of Wuhan integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine hospital shows that in 662 cases of severe / critical patients, the death risk of patients in the traditional Chinese medicine decoction group decreased by 87.7% compared with the control group.For example, under the guidance of academician Tong Xiaolin, Wuchang community in Hubei Province provided integrated treatment of traditional Chinese and Western medicine based on cold dampness epidemic prescription for patients with mild illness, and distributed 50000 copies of traditional Chinese medicine decoction and granules in the community for free, and finally achieved no aggravation.

It can be said that no matter from the current actual needs of fighting against the new crown pneumonia epidemic situation, or from the long-term goal of improving the level of medical and health services in China, we urgently need to make the integration of traditional Chinese and Western medicine achieve full innovation, play a more important role, assume greater responsibility, release more energy, and reduce the national finance by providing diversified, efficient and high-quality medical servicesBurden, expand the supply of medical and health resources in China, and better meet the needs of the people for medical services.

Through the war of epidemic prevention and control, people have realized more deeply that it is necessary to further accelerate the integration of traditional Chinese and Western medicine.To make up for the shortcomings of the integration of traditional Chinese and Western medicine, we need to take comprehensive measures and take multiple measures simultaneously.

A set of policy system should be established as soon as possible to adapt to the characteristics of three different medical models: Traditional Chinese medicine, western medicine and the combination of Chinese and Western medicine.Clearly define three different medical models of traditional Chinese medicine, western medicine and integrated Chinese and Western medicine.It is necessary to clearly put forward the core concept of "comprehensive integrated medicine", which is to integrate the most advanced science and technology and practical experience in various medical fields under the guidance of the holistic view of traditional Chinese medicine and the methodology of syndrome differentiation and treatment, so as to achieve the overall dynamic balance, improve the health status and improve the quality of life.It is necessary to guide the integration and organic integration of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine from the policy level, advocate the integration of the holistic view of traditional Chinese medicine, syndrome differentiation and modern western medicine science and technology means, achieve inheritance and innovation, and accelerate the innovative practice of integration of Chinese and Western medicine.

Efforts should be made to create a pattern of medical and health services in which Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and the integration of Chinese and Western medicine are linked.In the future development, through scientific calculation and rigorous planning, increase the government's financial and policy support.We should strengthen the professional attribute of TCM service in TCM hospitals at all levels to form a differentiated positioning with western medicine hospitals; promote the establishment and improvement of integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine hospitals in various places, and add departments of Integrated Chinese and Western medicine in general hospitals. In the construction of hospitals and departments, we should adhere to the whole body thinking of TCM as the guidance, take the TCM syndrome differentiation as the core methodology, and comprehensively integrate the diversified technologies of Western medicinePath, treatment standards and modern medical equipment, constantly broaden the application channels of emerging and interdisciplinary knowledge and technology.

We should focus on the cultivation of a professional and interdisciplinary talent team in the field of Integrated Chinese and Western medicine.The course of integration of Chinese and Western medicine is offered in medical colleges and universities.The curriculum should take root in the basic laws and theoretical basis of traditional Chinese medicine, and add new and interdisciplinary teaching contents represented by cloud computing, big data, multi omics research, network pharmacology, artificial intelligence, biological information, gene screening, pre-warning and regenerative medicine, so as to promote the transformation of Integrated Chinese and Western medicine education from the combination of form and essence, and truly reflect the modern medical service solutionThe ability and value of complex diseases.

(the author is vice president of Chinese Medicine Association and chairman of the board of directors of tianshli holding group)

People's daily (19th edition, July 3, 2020)

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