Heather McLeod


Body, Mind, Soul,


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Worldwide TM/CAM Status

Legal Status of TM/CAM : A Worldwide Review


A comprehensive analysis of the legal status of TM/CAM in 123 countries around the world was released by the WHO in 2001, the Legal Status of Traditional Medicine and Complementary/Alternative Medicine : A Worldwide Review.


Information is included on:

• The situation as regards the use of TM/CAM;

• The regulatory situation of TM/CAM remedies and practitioners;

• Health insurance coverage of TM/CAM; and

• Education and training of practitioners of TM/CAM.


  “[It provides] summaries of the policies enacted in different countries and indications of the variety of models of integration adopted by national policy-makers. Through country-specific sections ... it is designed to facilitate the sharing of information between nations as they elaborate policies regulating TM/CAM and as they develop integrated national health care systems.”






WHO Global Atlas of TM/CAM


The WHO published a two volume book in 2005, the WHO Global Atlas of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.


“Through global and regional maps and tables, the map volume provides a visual representation of topics such as the popularity of herbal/traditional medicine, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, osteopathy, bone-setting, spiritual therapies, and others; national legislation and traditional medicine policy; public financing; legal recognition of traditional medicine practitioners by their area of therapy; education and professional regulation; conventional health-care practitioners who are entitled to provide various traditional, complementary and alternative therapies; and many other aspects.”


“The text volume expands and supplements the map volume through detailed accounts of the development of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in 23 countries across the world, as well as overviews of the status in each of the six WHO Regions.”





Dr Zhang Qi of the WHO announced in November 20093 that a second global survey of the status of TM/CAM was planned in 2010/2011.





Traditional Medicines: Global Situation Issues and Challenges, 2011


The WHO has begun to release the World Medicines Situation Report 2011.  “The third edition of the World Medicines Situation Report brings together new data on 24 key topics relating to pharmaceutical production and consumption, innovation, regulation and safety …  Each chapter of this report is written by a different author. Chapters are being published electronically, in batches. The new report updates the 1988 and 2004 reports.”


The chapters released in April 2011 include Traditional Medicines: Global Situation Issues and Challenges. This chapter describes the use of traditional medicines, including herbal medicines, around the world.



World Health Organization (WHO) on

Traditional Medicine

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See also pages:

Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine