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Re: Is there a demand for TCM?

This thread seems very similar to this other:
https://www.englishforum.ch/employme...al-fields.html
Could mods perhaps merge them, please? Thank you.
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Old 23.02.2023, 11:17
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Re: Is there a demand for TCM?

Neatjun, before you get too far into the very risky process of setting up your own business, have you tried working for - or with - an existing TCM practice?

If not, it would seem to me that would be a first step. You would gain experience, develop a reputation, gain insights into how Swiss patients view this niche.

Here is a jobs portal for TCM:
https://www.tcm-stellenportal.ch/

There are only two jobs listed at the moment. I have no idea how active the market is, this is only something I found while googling.There may be other more active portals to look for jobs, this may be where networking with the Fachverband linked in your other thread ( https://tcm-fachverband.ch/ ) would help you. Any ‘in’ you can use to get involved with TCM practitioners in Switzerland would be beneficial to you.


I’ve not been able to browse the Fachverband TCM site, as it requires registration. However, an interesting point wrt language, gleaned from the little I could read on the site: A headline to an article in the news section says that the KK will not recognize practitioners without local language certification. I think it’s B2, but as above, I can’t read the article.

That site also has sections about Swiss certification and Weiterbildung which should be valuable information for you.

In addition to the Fachverband site, I found this, Schweizerischer Berufsorganisation für Traditionelle Chinesische Medizin (SBO-TCM)

http://www.fams.ch/mitglieder/sbo-

I don’t know enough about your field to assess these two organizations, so consider this info only.

I would think that getting active in a professional organization would be important to anyone thinking of entering the field here, let alone thinking of setting up one’s own practice.


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A word in general about setting up a business geared to ‘the expat market’:

The problem is that while yes, there are lots of foreigners here, we are all spread out. The number of foreigners in any one location who might be potential clients might not be enough to sustain a business. So a business really has to cater to local population as well. Which brings up the language issue.

Nothing other than a personal anecdote, so grain o’ salt and all that: In my circle of friends, many of us have lived/worked /studied in China and other Asian coutries and so are familiar with TCM as practiced abroad. But among my friends it’s actually the born and bred Swiss who have never lived outside Switzerland, not the expats, who are enthusiastic about/open to TCM and other alternative options.

Again, to me that speaks to the need to look towards the local Swiss, rather than expat, clientele.

Wishing you all the best.
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Re: Is there a demand for TCM?

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I thought this was a thread about Turner Classic Movies channel.
That was my first thought - and yes, there is a demand for TCM!
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All three tested positive for cannabis. At that time 100% illegal in Australia.
We called the client and asked them to please remove their 'herbal' products from our office immediately....
So the herbal relaxation remedy was by any standard a) herbal and b) highly effective, no? So TCM is not quite the same as homeopathy...
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Re: Is there a demand for TCM?

Obviously TCM loves THC and CBD.

I hate TLAs
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I can from personal experience say that they are at least very potent.

Personal experience is a long way from placebo-controlled, double-blinded, peer-reviewed studies, which is what the standard should be when we talk about creating effective health treatments.
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Personal experience is a long way from placebo-controlled, double-blinded, peer-reviewed studies, which is what the standard should be when we talk about creating effective health treatments.
I believe that there are plenty of placebo-controlled, double-blinded, peer-reviewed studies for the calming effects of marijuana...
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The vast majority of TCM does none of that... but plant based medicine doesnt get attention in the tabloids
None of it should.

Plants are not going extinct.

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so people focus on that 1% of bullshit.
Causing species of animals to become extinct because people believe using parts of it will increase their virility (or some other thing) is definitely what should be focused on.

I didn't think the WWF and National Geographic were tabloids.

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Pangolins have been classified as the world’s most trafficked mammal, with over a million thought to have been poached from the wild in the last decade.

Captured to fuel increasing demand from China and Vietnam, the illicit trade in pangolin meat, scales and body parts is driving this 80-million-year-old species to the brink of extinction.


From another tabloid
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