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The SMS – Societas Medicinae Sinensis (International Society for Chinese Medicine) is an international expert association, with its headquarters in Munich, for the promotion of Chinese Medicine. The SMS was founded in 1978 by Prof. Manfred Porkert and is dedicated to teaching the knowledge and traditions of Chinese Medicine in the pursuit of general human health and well-being. It regards this system of traditional medicine as a unique empirical science about the nature of human beings.
Over the last 40 years the SMS has been providing professional training in all the disciplines of Chinese Medicine:
In addition, it offers training in diagnostics and physiology. The SMS professional training programme sets and maintains particularly high standards and is the most comprehensive of its kind in the German-speaking world.
The significance of the SMS in medical and political terms is further underpinned by the publication of important standard works of medical literature and the renowned medical journal Chinesische Medizin. It is distinguished by a close collaboration between medical practitioners and Sinologists.
From its very inception the SMS has been involved in important scientific studies in the fields of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Germany. The reputation of the SMS is reflected in many national and international liaisons.
In 2013 Prof. Carl-Hermann Hempen, the President of the SMS for many years, established the first Master’s degree course in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the renowned Technical University in Munich. Here a close collaboration is maintained with the SMS as much of the training content is shared and many of the lecturers are involved in both programmes.
Every three years the SMS hosts an international congress with the title “Chinese Medicine in everyday clinical practice – principles, applications and science.” The congress focuses primarily on practical applications of Chinese Medicine and invites reputed speakers to share the knowledge they have gained in extensive clinical experience in talks and workshops with practitioners. In addition to facilitating this transfer of knowledge, the congress also provides the opportunity for lively discussion and personal interaction.