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Spain to host Europe's largest TCM hospital

(China Daily)    13:11, February 05, 2016

A clerk weighs traditional Chinese medicine in a Tongrentang pharmacy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in November, 2013. [Photo/China Daily]

Spain is to host the largest traditional Chinese medicine hospital in Europe, following the signing last week of an education and clinical practice cooperation agreement between the Beijing municipal government and Spanish authorities.

Barcelona, in the Catalonia region, will provide land for its construction, which is expected to cost 80 million euros ($88.6 million), according to Spanish business newspaper Expansion.

"This center will be the first of its kind outside Asia, an initiative that will make Catalonia the reference point in Europe in the field," wrote the Catalonian government in a press release.

The Catalonia Trade and Investment Institute will supply temporary office space for the creation of the European Development and Promotion Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine, an institution that will work on the expansion of the discipline across the continent.


Ma Liangxiao, a PhD of the School of Acupuncture-Moxibustion & Tuina of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine introduced a form of acupressure to relieve insomnia on a bilingual TCM health lecture on May 30, 2014 in Beijing. [Photo by Song Jingli/chinadaily.com.cn]

The agreement also involves the launch of a TCM Master's degree-a collaboration between the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, the University of Barcelona and the University of Pompeu Fabra, due to start in September.

The hospital will develop a joint-research program with scientists from IDIBAPS, a biomedical research institute in Barcelona.

The clinical practice cooperation will enable the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine to send doctors to the University Hospital Clinic in Barcelona to treat patients under the supervision of local health authorities.

People listened and learned how to apply acupressure at a bilingual TCM health lecture on May 30, 2014 in Beijing. [Photo by Song Jingli / chinadaily.com.cn]

China has been making increased efforts to expand TCM outside the country, pushing for the ancient discipline to be accepted worldwide.

Xinyue Calduch, a spokesperson for the Spain-based European Foundation of TCM, said the plans to build Europe's largest TCM hospital reflect China's strong intention to invest in the promotion of the benefits of the use of natural medicine.


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