Chinese Traditional Medicine May Benefit Pakistanis: Director ICCBS
According to Dr. Iqbal Ch., Director of ICCBS in Karachi, traditional medicine is now the most advanced form of alternative medicine in the world.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has sparked worldwide interest and investment in research and development.
According to Dr. Iqbal Ch., Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) in Karachi, traditional medicine is now the most advanced form of alternative medicine in the world.
Dr. Iqbal has spent the last 30 years collaborating with Chinese medical experts. His centre has a long history of collaboration with Chinese universities and institutes in the fields of not only traditional Chinese medicine but also chemistry products, biomedical science, pharmaceutical science, etc.
“I’ve been very fortunate to work with top Chinese scientists in the field of natural products and herbal medicine. My interactions with them have been extremely fruitful because they are eager to collaborate. “They are willing to assist in the development of Pakistani scientists’ capacity,” he said in an interview with China Economic Net (CEN).
TCM has been practised in China for over 4,000 years, and Dr. Iqbal believes it has an extremely sophisticated medical system. TCM is also very similar to traditional medicines in Pakistan. These parallels drew two traditional medicine systems together.
“Traditional Chinese medicine may benefit Pakistanis. To accomplish this, we must send Pakistani physicians to China for medical training. We must bring Chinese medicine into Pakistan, register them, and get them manufactured in Pakistan,” he added.
He also stated that, despite Pakistan having the world’s fifth-largest population, there is no reliable enterprise or organisation working in the field of vaccine development, which he considers to be a critical component.
“We have relied heavily on international health organizations. With the introduction of Chinese vaccines, Pakistan’s capacity for vaccine R&D and industrial production can be increased,” he said.
China, in his opinion, has numerous advantages. China not only has a strong industrial base but also a well-developed pharmaceutical base and a comprehensive knowledge base.
He believes that there are numerous opportunities for the two countries to collaborate. Through this collaboration, Pakistan will benefit from Chinese research on prevalent diseases, viral diseases, metabolic disorders, and disease mechanisms.