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The WHO urges the governments of the world to include all traditional and complementary therapies in public health services.

The WHO urges the governments of the world to include all traditional and complementary therapies in public health services.

Governments and users are interested in more than herbals, and are beginning to examine aspects of TCM practices and professionals to determine whether they should be integrated into health service delivery.

The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 will help health authorities to find solutions that foster a broader vision of improving the health and autonomy of patients. The strategy has two main objectives: to support Member States to take advantage of the potential contribution of TCM to health, well-being and people-centered health care, and to promote the safe and effective use of MTC through the regulation of products, practices and professionals. These objectives will be achieved through the establishment of three strategic objectives, namely:

1) development of a knowledge base and formulation of national policies;

2) strengthening safety, quality, and effectiveness through regulation; Y

3) promotion of universal health coverage through the integration of TCM services and self-care in national health systems.

WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 (download PDF)

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