Traditional and Complementary Medicine Law

Regional Representative, Rita Nunez, highlighted the approval of the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Act, at the last session of the Misions House of Representatives, and emphasized that it is the first national rule in this regard.

This was explained by the legislator, part of the Concorde Renewal Front bloc “We are talking about traditional and complementary medicine, that is, there is no way that can replace it. What we discuss with health professionals is knowledge of complementary and traditional medicine practices that accompany or assist, for example, in the process of, for example, recovery and analgesia.”

Nunez argued that “scientific advances have made traditional medicine perhaps play a leading role because of what science means. What science gives us is scientific method, verification, and almost certainty. Traditional and complementary medicine has always been around.”

For the legislator, one of the fundamental changes that will come with the approval of the law, written by the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Carlos Rovira, will be the intervention of the Ministry of Public Health as an executive authority that “will determine under what circumstances healers who are not physicians, but who are Reiki practitioners or who have received training in complementary therapies “.

In addition, he emphasized that thanks to the joint work, the ministries of public health, education, science and technology will be able to create space or monitor the training of professionals.

“sHe added that it is about the possibility of treatments, their validation, and that the traditional doctor works with Reichsit or with a reflexologist who accompanies the patient’s recovery.”

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Missionary Representatives, in the 12th Ordinary Session of the 2022 Legislative Session, approved a bill by the legislator and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Engineer Carlos Eduardo Rovira, which establishes a regulatory framework for traditional and complementary medicine.

This regulatory framework aims to identify traditional and complementary medicine practices and treatments within the public health system and is optional for patients who decide to initiate such treatment, as it is used as a complement to conventional or mainstream medicine.

The ratified regulation clearly defines the definition of this type of medicine, it is the knowledge that is outside the tradition or prevailing. That is, the set of practices and treatments undertaken to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases, and to maintain or improve the health, physical, mental and social well-being of people, and which are currently taught mostly in educational institutions of state-licensed medicine.

Whereas, traditional medicine refers to the sum total of knowledge, skills, and practices based on theories, beliefs, and experiences relating to ancestral origin and ancient and respected use in the societies to which they belong.

Complementary medicine, on the other hand, is a broad group of healthcare practices and treatments that are not part of a country’s traditions or traditional medicine, and are not fully integrated into the mainstream health system.

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Some examples of traditional and complementary medicine are traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, traditional indigenous medicine, anthropological medicine, naturopathy, plant medicine, orthopedics, reflexology, Reiki, yoga, and Tai Chi Chuan.

The new law fully incorporates the practices described above into the list of medical benefits responsible for territorial jurisdiction and county social work so that they are recognized in the public health system. In addition, the legal text ensures respect for the guidelines established by the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding traditional indigenous medicine, and the integration of people who perform experimental health procedures into the public health the above-mentioned city communities.

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