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China releases plan to develop TCM

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BEIJING, May 7 (Xinhua) -- The State Council, China's cabinet, published a five-year plan on Thursday to promote traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) by increasing its role in the national healthcare system and making TCM products and services more competitive abroad.

The 2015-2020 plan aims to deepen medical reform, improve people's health, and help transform the country's economic development mode, according to the State Council.

TCM refers to a holistic medical system involving practices including herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage and exercise. It is generally considered an alternative to modern healthcare.

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