ATCMA’s Response to Pamela Fayerman’s October 15 Article on Chinese Herbs and Medications

ATCMA’s Response to Pamela Fayerman’s October 15 Article on Chinese Herbs and Medications

Pamela Fayerman’s October 15, 2015, Vancouver Sun article,” Chinese herbs mixed with medications can be hazardous,” draws attention to a local and current emergent medical issue- the potential dangerous interaction of Chinese herbs and western prescription medications. This issue is especially critical in BC, a province with a sizeable Chinese population. If this issue is not addressed immediately and properly, its threat to the public safety is only likely to intensify.

The responsibility for the resolution to this issue needs to be shared equally by the two BC dominant regulated Health Care providers involved: the Western Medical System and the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Industry. These two bodies need to put aside their individual differences and to communicate with each other collaboratively for the benefit of BC’s patients. The public also has a role to play in addressing this problem.

ATCMA, the largest and most influential Association of BC’s TCM practitioners suggests that the Ministry of Health is in the best position to initiate the resolution process. To do so, it should convene a committee in which the two medical systems are equally and fairly represented. This committee, under the direction of the provincial government’s Ministry of Health, should be given the responsibility to attend to two critical tasks: (1) the development of an educational component on herbs/ medication interaction, (2) the development of a similar education program to be made available to practitioners from both Western Medicine and TCM who are already licensed.

The first task could eventually be developed into a component of the pre licensing educational requisites for both the Western Medicine and TCM training programs. The second one could be made available as a compulsory Professional Development offering to practitioners already practicing. This way, all future health care providers who prescribe herbs and medications can be fully informed about the precautions they need to consider when they prescribe herbs and medications to their patients.

ATCMA, who is prepared to provide competent, fully qualified nominees to serve on such a committee, hopes that the Western Medical System also agrees to cooperate and to provide its support behind the establishment of an effective and safe Health Care system for BC residents, many of whom choose to access both the Western Medical system and TCM . This resolution may also provide an opportunity that we should not miss, one in which the two medical systems start to collaborate to provide our patients the safest health care available.

This approach can yield two important benefits: one immediate and the other long lasting. It can provide a workable resolution to the current herb/medication crisis, and it can start the dialogue that needs to take place between the Western Medical System and the Traditional Chinese Medicine components of British Columbia. Both benefits can enhance the lives and health care of our citizens. There is no logical reason why the Ministry of Health should not endorse this common sense proposal.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of ATCMA by Joseph Ranallo, BA (Hons), MA, R. Ac.


Pamela Fayerman在温哥华太阳报2015年10月15日刊登的文章,“中草药与西药混合可能是危险的”,引起了目前紧急医疗问题的注意─中草药和西医处方药相互作用的潜在危险。这个问题在卑诗省比较严重,这省有相当多的中国人口。如果这个问题没有立即妥善处理,其威胁公共安全只可能加剧。






作者: ATCMA by Joseph Ranallo, BA (Hons), MA, R. Ac.

2nd Annual General Meeting – Oct 4, 2015 – 10am – 3pm

ATCMA 2015 Annual General Meeting Report

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Meeting start at 10am, firstly reviewed the last meeting minutes, President Dr. Che Fei gave the President Reports and Board member ​​Yaohua Gao published Financial Report. From the report, it shows the association is steady developing through the efforts by Board member and the enthusiastic support of member. For the past three years, the financial resources of our association are growing, which came from the membership dues and the Supporting Members and many enthusiastic people.

We were actively in touch with CTCMA, ICBC, the Ministry of Health as well as insurance companies and other sectors of communication, to provide better practice environment for TCM Practitioners.  We updated the website for the promotion of traditional Chinese medicine and promote our members have established a good network platform. In addition, in the near future, members will be able to watch the videos of Continuing Education Seminars on the website, making it easier for all members to pursuit the knowledge they are interested. History has been proven that in order to have a good practice environment which requires all members to unite and work together. Thank you for the enthusiastic members of the Association for their support and help.Jian Wen Fu working enthusiastic on the development of the association for many years, he spent a lot of time , energy and money to being the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Traditional Chinese medicine , he was awarded a lifetime membership in ATCMA.  ATCMA was also completed alternate member election procedures, by the presence of members of the collective voting, through the appointment as Board member Guan Ping Chun decision. There are three lectures on the day of AGM:  Dr Shian Gu made ​​a lecture on “How to TCM Practitioner communicate with Western Medical Doctor.”He let us know the status and the value of traditional Chinese medicine from the point of Western medicine and also how to publicize and promote the Traditional Chinese Medicine to get the recognition of the Western medicine doctors, so that to give us some suggestions how to let the Western medicine Doctors introduce the patients to the TCM Practitioners. TCM Practitioners Yaohua Gao, the lecture topic is “Clinic Research on Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B by TCM compound “;  Professor Zhang Hong Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine to do gave us a lecture on” Acupuncture treatment of allergic diseases “. All three lectures are very useful guidance on the clinic practice. 15:00 the end of AGM. After the meeting, the First New Board Meeting was held . 

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ATCMA 2015年会员大会报告


2015年10月4日,ATCMA 于3800 Wesbrook Mall 举行了2015年年会。

会议从上午10点开始,会上回顾了上次的会议纪要;车飞会长作了会长报告,高耀华理事作了财务报告。通过报告我们知道:通过理事会成员的努力和广大会员的热情支持,我们的协会在稳步发展。三年来,我们协会的财务资金在不断增长,这既有会员的会费,也有赖于会员和热心人士的友情赞助。协会理事们在积极与CTCMA、ICBC、the Ministry of Health以及保险公司等部门联系沟通,力求为中医执业者争取更大的执业空间和更好的执业环境。


会中举办了三场讲座:Dr. Shian Gu做了“中医执业者如何与西医医生沟通”的讲座,他让我们了解了西医眼中的中医地位和价值,同时还对于如何向西医宣传推介中医并获得西医医生的认可,从而让西医为我们推介合适的患者提出了良好的建议;高燿华中医师做了“中药复方抗乙肝病毒治疗观察”的讲座;成都中医药大学的张弘教授做了“过敏性疾病的针灸治疗”的讲座。高医师和张教授的讲座对于我们的中医临床有很有益的指导和帮助。