East meets West: current issues relevant to integrating Chinese medicine
1 Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, 6/F, William MW Mong Block, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR, China
2 Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, 1959 NE Pacific St, Seattle, Washington, 98195, USA
3 University of Hong Kong 3/F Ap Lei Chau Clinic, 161 Main Street Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, China
Chinese Medicine 2012, 7:20 doi:10.1186/1749-8546-7-20Published: 3 September 2012
This article describes the challenges that integration of Chinese medicine (CM) and biomedicine are likely to bring for improving safety, research, education, and cross-disciplinary communication. Potential strategies to meet these challenges are suggested, including the use of accessible language for the Western biomedical community, and further development of whole-system randomized controlled trials that support individualized treatment approaches.