More than 700 practitioners of Chinese Medicine will be in Auckland this weekend for the 13th World Congress of Chinese Medicine. Representatives from societies in 21 different countries will be attending lectures on all aspects of Chinese medicine, including herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping and guasha. The congress is being held by the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies and hosted by the New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine.
World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies(WFCMS) is an international organization of TCM approved by the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China and registered in the Ministry of Civil Affairs, with its headquarter in Beijing. The president of WFCMS is Madam She Jing, former vice minister of Ministry of Health and Commissioner of State Administration of Chinese Medicine Societies. At present, there are 251 member societies from 67 countries and regions.
The New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine (NZCCM) is a private tertiary education organization based in Auckland and with a second campus in Hawkes Bay. The college offers NZQA approved Bachelor courses in both acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
The congress is supported by all New Zealand traditional acupuncture and Chinese medicine professional organisations - Acupuncture NZ, the NZ Register of TCM Practitioners, the NZ Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Society and the NZ Acupuncture Standards Authority.
Keynote speakers at the opening ceremony on Saturday morning include Prof. She Jing, Chairman of WFCMS (Former vice Minister of Health, and Commissioner of State Administration of TCM, China), Phil Goff (Mayor of Auckland), Madam Xu Erwen, (Consul General of PRC in Auckland) and Dr Yang Jian (MP, Auckland).