WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy: 2002-2005
(2002; 70 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
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View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentAcronyms, abbreviations and WHO Regions
Open this folder and view contentsKey points: WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002 - 2005
Open this folder and view contentsChapter One: Global review
Open this folder and view contentsChapter Two: Challenges
Open this folder and view contentsChapter Three: The current role of WHO
Close this folderChapter Four: International and national resources for traditional medicine
View the document4.1 UN Agencies
View the document4.2 International organizations
View the document4.3 Nongovernmental organizations
View the document4.4 Global professional associations
View the document4.5 International and national professional associations
View the document4.6 Specific initiatives
Open this folder and view contentsChapter Five: Strategy and plan of action 2002 - 2005
View the documentAnnex One: List of WHO Collaborating Centres for Traditional Medicine
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex Two: Selected WHO publications and documents on traditional medicine
View the documentReferences
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4.5 International and national professional associations

Many different international Islamic Organization for Medical professional associations support WHO activities. The Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences (IOMS) (http://www.who.int/ina-ngo/ngo/ngo192.htm), for example, plans to work with WHO on preparation of a manual on the use of medicinal plants. Islamic medicine incorporates modern Western medicine but its fifth criterion of "utilizing all useful resources" means that it is also willing to consider any potentially useful treatment therapies, including TM/CAM therapies, such as treatment with herbal medicines. IOMS established the Centre for Research on Herbal Medicine in Kuwait. A non-profit organization it extends its services to all those who seek treatment with herbal medicines and other products.

Many national professional organizations also work with WHO. National professional organizations include TM practitioners associations in Africa and Asia. For example, there are 22 TM practitioners associations in sub-Saharan Africa. In China, national professional associations exist for those who practise both allopathic medicine and TM, for practitioners of manual therapy, and for specialists in nutrition and health foods. In India, professional associations have long existed for practitioners of ayurvda, unani, sidha and homeopathy.

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