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    Kiwis will suffer from ban on Chinese Medicine

    12 December 2006
    Press Release: Association of Chinese Medical Herbalists

    NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE MEDICAL HERBALISTS - NZACMH
    MEDIA RELEASE

    Kiwis will suffer in new bill that bans Chinese Medicine

    Today the ANZTPA bill will have it's first reading in parliament. These new laws aim to regulate the natural health products industry. Instead they favour the commercial interests of the establishment and aim to restrict and outlaw much of the flourishing complementary health industry. With our failing health system, many kiwis are turning to centuries old medicine and paying privately for their healthcare. This new system will outlaw many herbal products currently in use, despite no deaths and very few adverse reactions. As a result many kiwis will be driven back to the sinking ship of the public health system.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine has developed for at least two millenia with over 10,000 different natural products prescribed for every ailment under the sun. In the last decade kiwis have turned to it in droves with an estimated four-fold increase in the number of practising Chinese Herbalists in the country. This takes the load off the public health system but also eats into the profits of the pharmaceutical and other medical companies. The risk to the public from trained practitioners is very low. However there is still some risk and we support the concept of regulating the industry. We DO NOT support regulations that attempt to kill the industry and laws that will in fact increase the risk to public health.

    The system is already failing in Australia. Chinese herbal products that do pass the regulations end up with labels in English that list different ingredients to those that the manufacturers have written in Chinese. High Quality FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved herbal products currently imported from the USA will be effectvely banned. This has created an 'under the table' market in Australia with an estimated 30% of all Chinese herbs now sold in Melbourne outside the law. This black market encourages the use of dangerous products, increasing public health risk. Asians are the fastest growing population group in the counrtry and China our biggest potential market. The NZACMH fails to understand how these racist laws will benefit the people of New Zealand.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00152.htm

Comments

  1. darawk
    How can they justify this garbage? I mean...with recreational drugs there is at least *some* justification, no matter how ridiculous. But banning chinese medicine is just pure protectionism at its worst, there isn't even a thin veil of "public safety" being cast over this.
  2. Nagognog2
    The same, or worse, has happened in the USA. Traditional Chinese medicine is commonly banned - when it's found. Bongo knows of one Chinese pharmacy in Boston that is shrouded in utter secrecy by the hebalist who runs it for fear of the Boston Police breaking in and confiscating everything in sight. The clientelle also are tight-lipped. If anyone asked what this or that was, they would claim it was spice for cooking pickled-bat soup - or some other crock of bull.

    In fact, this pharmacy is in the basement of a Wushu and Kung Fu club. Be interesting to see the cops try to raid that. Roll the film.
  3. Thirdedge
    Its not just Chinese medicine thats going to be f...ked with this act, Its all natural health. One year ago I wrote to every single member of parliment expressing my disgust at the proposed trans - tasman theraputic goods act. Most claimed they would not support the act, then at the last minute suddenly they all support it . . . pricks.
    This act will eventually see a doctors prescription required to purchase even vitamin C, and of course a synthetic state approved brand being the only choice.
    In a country where BZP is legal you,d expect better.
  4. Alfa
    If a member of parlaiment claims in writing they are not going to support a act and then do support the act, can't you sue them as the have broke their own signed statement?
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