In a bid to combat criticism and compete effectively with other forms of treatment, Traditional Chinese Medicine is getting its act together.

While interest in Oriental Medicine and other "alternative" therapies has been increasing in this country for a number of years, there are still many who remain unconvinced of its effectiveness. Often criticism is justified - though this is most likely due to the damaging actions of a minority of ill-trained and unscrupulous practitioners rather than a true indication of Oriental Medicine’s potential. A growing concern is the lack of an official regulatory body; at present anyone may establish a practice, whether or not they possess the relevant qualifications.

Although a national register has been proposed, many people still that feel not enough is being done to assure standards and keep out the quacks. But this may all be about to change, as this week Middlesex University admits students to Europe’s first ever degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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