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TCM continues to find favor with Chinese

09-21-2010 09:57 BJT

BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Nearly 90 percent of respondents in a recent survey on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) said they have received treatment from practitioners, with more than 40 percent of them in favor of its lower cost.

The State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine released the survey results on Sunday. It was the first poll on TCM to receive government support.

The Horizon Research Company, an independent concern, polled 300,000 people in China's 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities from 2007 to June this year, before compiling its report on the basis of 100,103 valid responses.

Not surprisingly, the poll shows that TCM is well received by the Chinese.

Eighty-eight percent of respondents said they had consulted TCM doctors and practitioners, or used remedies based on TCM, while only 5.6 percent said they never tried it.

More than 31 percent of respondents said they turned to TCM as their first choice when they needed medical advice. In contrast, only 6.8 percent preferred western medicine.

"I prefer TCM to western medicine because the former is more natural and contains fewer chemicals that could be harmful to the liver and kidneys," said Liu Zhili, a 46-year-old Beijing resident.

Most chose TCM, however, because it costs less. In the survey, 52.2 percent of male respondents and 47.8 percent of female respondents said TCM is cheaper than western medicine.


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