Think back to when you were younger, do you remember there being many health food stores? What about the size of the organic produce section at your local or big brand grocery store? Chances are that your access to health food stores, alternative medicine products, and organic produce has significantly improved through time; so much so that these are even at risk of daring to be commonplace! This observational change in supply is entirely due to a growing demand in these industries. With the healthful food products movement establishing itself as widespread and commonsensical, the general public now finds themselves not only turning to natural foods but also natural medicines. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complimentary alternative medicine (CAM) modality which, too, rides the wave of the ever growing “natural” movement.
All CAM modalities are enjoying a growing demand and supply. However, only one of these modalities, Traditional Chinese Medicine, were approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) by its inclusion in the highly influential International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) document that categorizes and assigns codes to medical conditions, and is used internationally to decide how doctors diagnose conditions and whether insurance companies will pay to treat them. With this milestone, more and more countries will begin to regulate and license Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners. The approvals by the WHO and via the regulation of the profession in various countries are important steps that subscribe the general public to notions of the safety, efficacy, and medical validity of Traditional Chinese Medicine. For instance, in Canada these modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine are regulated in British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador; see here for more details. Furthermore, British Columbia even has the regulated title of “doctor” for this profession and Ontario is in the process of developing a "doctor" member class as well. With the profession becoming regulated, and the “doctor” title use opening, public universities and colleges have started offering programs aligned towards a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine. All of these variables amount to a wonderfully ripe employment prospect that is constantly growing. The future of Traditional Chinese Medicine is bright; a career in this profession is ripe for the picking.
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