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E. Merging Eastern and Western Medical Treatment

Narrator: This is Science Today. Recent studies have proven the effectiveness of combining Chinese medicine with Western conventional care for the treatment of certain chronic diseases. But what will it take to popularize this combination? Michael McCulloch, an epidemiology researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and a long-time practitioner of Chinese medicine, says it will be a shared effort.

McCulloch: On the manufacturers' end, there's an obligation to be aware of what their products are made of and how they're manufactured. On the part of practitioners, I believe the obligation is to take a more studied and more scientific approach to evaluating clinical evidence. And to being aware of what's out there in the scientific literature.

Narrator: And McCulloch says there is a great need for better reporting.

McCulloch: On the researchers end, particularly researchers in China, there's a huge obligation to apply better quality of reporting in clinical studies. And one of our goals in this collaboration is to contribute to the improvements in the quality of scientific reporting in the Chinese journals.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.