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China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion holds Its national congress

The 5th national congress of the China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (CAAM) was held from August 19 to 21 in Beijing. Mme. Cheng Donghong, vice-president and executive secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Wang Guoqiang, vice-minister of health, and Zhang Boli, president of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS), were present at the opening ceremony and addressed the meeting. Some 500 delegates and guests from across the country attended the congress. 

Li Weiheng, president of the fourth council of CAAM made the opening remarks. He said that the past six years has seen the rapid development of China’s acupuncture and moxibustion and CAAM has made a radical progress in its operation during this period. CAAM has exerted its positive role and made remarkable achievements in pushing forward the development of China’s acupuncture and moxibustion, in conducting academic exchanges and training, in popularizing acupuncture and moxibustion science, in promoting exchanges with foreign countries and in accelerating the standardization of acupuncture and moxibustion. 

In her remarks, Mme Cheng Donghong spoke highly of the performance of the fourth council of CAAM and put forward new demands for its future work. She hoped that CAAM will further unite its members in studying and practicing the scientific outlook of development and open up new prospects for the association and make new and greater contributions to China’s medical sciences. 

Vice minister Wang Guoqiang in his address hoped that CAAM will continue its efforts in pushing forward the scientific progress and technical development of acupuncture and moxibustion so as to provide better services for the development of Chinese medicine. He also hoped CAAM will continue to popularize knowledge and culture of acupuncture in the aim to improve the health level of the nation. 

President Zhang Boli pointed out that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is at its best stage of development and along with the deepening of reform of the medical system in China, Chinese medicine will certainly play a greater role in the health care of the people. As an important part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and moxibustion should assume greater historical responsibility. He said that CACMS, to which CAAM is affiliated, will give full support to CAAM in its operation. 

At the congress, Liu Baoyan was elected president of the 5th national council of CAAM and Yang Jinsheng secretary-general.