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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2011, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (11): 1161-1164.doi: 10.3736/jcim20111101

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Introduction of the World Health Organization project of the International Classification of Traditional Medicine

Peng-fei Gao1, Kenji Watanabe2()   

  1. 1 Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jinshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai 200540, China
    2 Center for Kampo Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
  • Received:2011-06-29 Accepted:2011-07-13 Online:2011-11-20 Published:2011-11-15

The World Health Organization plans to incorporate "traditional medicine" into the next revision of its International Classification of Diseases — Version 11 (ICD-11). If traditional medicine is included in ICD-11, it is definitely an epoch-making issue. The expected result is the International Classification of Traditional Medicine, China, Japan and Korea Version (ICTM-CJK). The intention of the ICTM project is not only beneficial for traditional medical components, but also might be beneficial for Western biomedicine. For this shared purpose, China, Japan and Korea must understand the meaning of this project and collaborate to develop it.

Key words: Western medicine, medicine, traditional, International Classification of Traditional Medicine, World Health Organization

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