Semantics

Let’s ease into this topic. Just outlining some questions here.

What do we call our medicine? Here are some terms, which don’t even go into herbalism:

  • Whole Systems-Traditional Chinese Medicine (WS-TCM)
  • Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM)
  • Oriental Medicine (OM)
  • Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM)
  • Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM)
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion
  • AcuMoxa Therapy
  • Five-Element Acupuncture
  • Japanese Acupuncture
  • Meridian Therapy
  • and many more…

So… how do we define our terms?

 

 

What is “medical?”

How define in terms that are also meaningful to policy-makers, hospitals, public, etc?

DIAGNOSIS, Pattern differentiation, Point Selection… WHO trying to define these terms…

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