First Czech-Chinese Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Opens

First Czech-Chinese Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Opens

The opening ceremony of the Czech-Chinese Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Research took place on June 17 2015 at the University Hospital Hradec Králové (UHHK) in East Bohemia. The Vice-Chairperson of the State Council of People’s Republic of China Mrs. LIU Yandong was present at the ceremony, as well as Director-General of the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) Mrs. Margaret Chan, Vice-President of the Czech government Mr. Pavel Bělobrádek, the PRC Minister of Health Li Bin, Czech Health Minister Svatopluk Němeček and many other important guests.


_MG_7760The opening of the centre was part of the additional program of the summit of Health Ministers of countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEEC) and China entitled Health Ministers Meeting 2015, which took place on June 15 – 17 in Prague as part of the cooperation between the Group 16+1 countries. During the summit, a Memorandum on Cooperation between UHHK and its partners from Shanghai was signed, which made it possible to establish the centre and take other steps together in the area of TCM. The collaboration between UHHK and its Shanghai partners began two years ago and within a short period of time it became a model in this area for the entire Group 16+1.


_MG_8310The opening of the centre is the first step. In autumn 2015 the hospital wants to make TCM outpatient departments accessible and within three years it intends to build a brand new stand-alone clinic, for which a plot and a project has already been prepared.

This would be a unique facility among the CEEC countries, the largest of its kind in the Central and Eastern European region, which would become a teaching and research centre for this whole area. Similar facilities already exist in a number of Western European countries.

“We want to find a model which we could implement throughout Central and Eastern Europe,” said Roman Prymula, director of the University Hospital Hradec Králové, who presented the project and cooperation at the summit.

At the recently open TCM centre in UHHK there will be two physicians from Shanghai, who will lead clinical research and visit patients at other clinics. At first, there will be scientific research, which will show whether there is potential in TCM and compare its results with Western methods of therapy.

The hospital would like to monitor TCM therapy effects in neurology, for instance in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, and in oncology. “We want to use the advantages of TCM, ease the adverse side effects of treatment with biological medicine, i.e. pain, vomiting, etc., because we believe TCM has a lot to offer,” said Roman Prymula.



The hospital will not substitute Western medicine with TCM methods, but it wants to take advantage of the positive sides of both to improve care and ensure maximum rise in the patients’ quality of life. To that end, it intends to cultivate TCM in a complex manner.

“It should mean we offer complementary care. We certainly do not wish to substitute Western medicine with Eastern, but to offer integrated care in places where we have clearly documented the advantages of both systems,” Roman Prymula assured his audience.

Firstly, the hospital would develop acupuncture care and related procedures, or acupressure. Gradually, TCM treatments and care should be developed in a complex manner at UHHK. The hospital will also cooperate with Bohdaneč spa, where a TCM centre is being established for the spa’s clients.


The creation of the Czech-Chinese Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Research and the cooperation in this area was made possible by very advanced collaboration between the Czech Republic and PRC in healthcare. This collaboration, which was extended to include the 16+1 Group, was received favourably by the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Mr. Bohuslav Sobotka.

“In Chine, TCM is naturally considered to be a national treasure, a legitimate scientific discipline, and it is supported widely by experts as well as the general public. TCM is gaining growing support in the world and it also has the support of the World Health Organization. Modern European medicine can use TCM as a suitable complementary tool to treat and reduce patients’ problems in some diagnoses,” said Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka during the summit.