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Singapore: Turf wars in community gardens

The locked community garden at 552, Serangoon North Ave 3, has forced some residents to grow their own plants outside their flats and on other plots of land in the estate:ST Photo: Rachel Au-Yong.

The RC had asked Mr Tan Thean Teng, 73, to stop dispensing medical advice along with his herbs, as well as to involve more immediate neighbours in gardening.

By Rachel Au-Yong and Camillia Deborah Dass
The Straits Times
June 10, 2017

Excerpt:

Illegal for unregistered person to practise TCM

The Ministry of Health has made clear that only registered practitioners can carry out traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practices, such as the prescription of herbal medicine for treatment.

It sent this statement in response to queries from The Straits Times, following a recent case of a veteran community gardener whom residents approached for herbs with medicinal properties. He would give them the herbs from the community garden in Jurong West, along with medical advice.

Last week, he said he would no longer be maintaining the garden at his Housing Board estate.

Said MOH yesterday: “To be a registered practitioner, one must hold a recognised qualification and pass the Singapore TCM- Physicians Registration Examination.”

Under the TCM Act, it is an offence for a person who is not registered as a TCM practitioner to practise, advertise or claim to be qualified to carry out prescribed TCM practice. If convicted, first-time offenders can be fined up to $25,000 and jailed for six months.

MOH advised those with medical problems to exercise due diligence and consult the relevant healthcare professionals.

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