n March 29, China’s State Council released an action plan to improve the growth of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) during the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025). By 2022, specialists providing TCM services will attend all the country’s community-based health service centers and clinics in towns and villages.
The document specifies key goals in seven areas to improve the TCM network at the grassroots level, including the establishment of a center in every county to promote TCM techniques. The plan sets out 10 key tasks such as building a sound TCM service system, combining TCM with modern sciences, training qualified practitioners and developing a high-level system for continuing and protecting the tradition. It will foster high-quality development and innovation in the field.
Over the past few years, significant work has been made in TCM for the prevention of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, and in clinical work on key chronic diseases such as diabetes and major infectious diseases. TCM has played a positive role in Covid-19 prevention and treatment.