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Woman convicted for practice of Chinese medicine without registration

     A 64-year-old woman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months' jail, suspended for three years at Kwun Tong Magistrates' Courts today (May 28) for the charge of practice of Chinese medicine without registration.

     A beauty centre located at 168 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mongkok, Kowloon, was raided by the Department of Health (DH) and the Police in a joint operation on May 12 last year. Investigation found that the aforementioned woman provided acupuncture therapy at the premises. She was arrested on-site for suspected illegal practice of Chinese medicine.

     Based on traditional Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture is one of the Chinese medicine therapies. It involves the stimulation of specific acupuncture points on the human body for health maintenance and disease treatment. As acupuncture may involve skin penetration, improper use could lead to bacterial and viral infection, unwell feeling related to fainting during treatment and needle breakage.

     "The DH is very concerned about the potential risks and complications of Chinese medicine-related beauty services provided by persons not qualified to practise Chinese medicine," a spokesman for the DH said.

     "According to section 108 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Cap 549), any person who practises Chinese medicine while not being a registered Chinese medicine practitioner or listed Chinese medicine practitioner commits a criminal offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of $100,000 and to imprisonment for three years," the spokesman explained.

     Members of the public are strongly reminded that procedures conducted at beauty centres like acupuncture may carry risks. These procedures require a client's informed choice and potential users are advised to discuss with health-care professionals about the benefits and risks of such procedures and the full details of the procedure before making a decision.

Ends/Thursday, May 28, 2015
Issued at HKT 19:39


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