30 October,Chinese medicine to be formally regulated
New Zealanders consulting practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine can be sure they are properly trained and registered, thanks to a new law coming into force on Monday, Health Minister Andrew Little says.
“The Government has agreed to regulate Chinese medicine including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and tui na massage therapy,” Andrew Little said.
“Chinese medicine is currently a self-regulating practice in New Zealand, with up to 1200 practitioners who act independently in assessing, treating, and referring patients, and usually operate in sole practices.
“Public and sector consultation supported the regulation of Chinese medicine. Putting this regulation in place will provide assurance that practitioners are appropriately qualified and competent to practice.”
The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (Designation of Chinese Medicine Services as Health Profession) Order 2021 sees Chinese medicine regulated under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003 from November 1.
“The purpose of the HPCA Act is to protect the public by providing mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise their professions,” Andrew Little said.
“More than 25 different health professions are regulated under the HPCA Act, including nurses, dentists, midwives, chiropractors, osteopaths, and podiatrists.
The Chinese Medicine Council will establish the qualifications and competency standards that will need to be met to be registered as a practitioner of Chinese medicine.
Suitably qualified candidates for membership of the new Chinese Medicine Council are encouraged to register their interest with the Ministry of Health.

Traditional Chinese medicine originated from China. Traditional Chinese medicine carries the experience and theoretical knowledge of ancient Chinese people in fighting diseases. It is a medical theory system gradually formed and developed through long-term medical practice under the guidance of ancient simple materialism and spontaneous dialectical thinking. .
Traditional Chinese medicine has a long history and originated in primitive society. The theory of Chinese medicine in the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period has basically taken shape. Anatomy and medical divisions have appeared. The “four diagnosis” has been adopted. I wish you wait. Since ancient times, there has been a saying that “medicine and Tao are interlinked”.
Facts have proved that Chinese medicine has played a vital role in the fight against new coronary pneumonia. In particular, the “three medicines and three prescriptions” summarized in this anti-epidemic practice have accumulated valuable anti-epidemic experience and saved countless lives. For this reason, mainstream media at home and abroad including Qiaobao and Qiaowang have also made extensive reports.
It is precisely because Chinese medicine has the irreplaceable status and curative effect of western medicine, so Chinese doctors have brought the essence of Chinese medicine to New Zealand and carried it forward. In New Zealand, there are more than 1,200 Chinese medicine practitioners represented by the “Beijing Chinese Medicine Museum” which was first registered and operated by Dr. Zheng Gang. The regulation of Chinese medicine issued by the government this time undoubtedly affirms and supports the Chinese medicine community.



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