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TCM masters honored

THE Chinese government honored 30 renowned herbal doctors in Beijing yesterday for their contribution to traditional Chinese medicine.

The doctors were given the title "TCM Master" by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the Ministry of Health and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

"The baton is now in the hands of us old people. We must pass it on to the followers in this marathon," said Li Furen, 93, one of the doctors honored. The 30 masters are mostly professors at colleges or universities of Chinese medicine, all aged over 74.

"Such experienced doctors play a significant part in passing on traditional Chinese medicine culture and promoting its academic development," said Wang Guoqiang, vice minister of health and director general of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, at the award ceremony.

Li Lianda of the Chinese Academy of Engineering said: "Experience over the past 5,000 years has proved that TCM can treat illnesses and save people."

More than 200 million people in China visit hospitals for TCM treatment every year.


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