WHO launches global plan for traditional and complementary medicine
WHO has undertaken "an ambitious re-focusing of efforts" by
launching a global strategy for complementary medicine. This
initiative is a response to growing concerns among patients and
practitioners over the safety, efficacy, and effect of traditional
and alternative medical approaches, according to "integrative
oncologist" Keith Block, Editor-in-Chief of Integrative Cancer
Discussing the new strategy, WHO spokesperson Daniela Bagozzi
explains that WHO will continue to investigate the potential of
traditional and complementary treatments for many conditions,
including cancer, although key priorities remain diseases that
notably affect developing countries, such as HIV and AIDS and
Block believes that developing countries will benefit from the
WHO initiative through knowledge dissemination and further
formulation of national policy, although he also commends the
emphasis on cultivation rather than harvesting of materials.
"The WHO strategy is likely to benefit the developed world as
well because of the promotion of studies of the efficacy and
quality of herbs and other traditional medicine techniques," he
Bagozzi points out that "a large part of the WHO strategy aims
to boost research into use of traditional and complementary
medicine, its effectiveness, quality, and safety".
[07/09/2002; Lancet Oncology]
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