Guidelines on Developing Consumer Information on Proper Use of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(2004; 109 pages) View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentForeword
View the documentPreface
View the documentGlossary
Close this folder1. General Considerations
View the document1.1 The benefits of TM/CAM
View the document1.2 The risks involved in the use of TM/CAM
View the document1.3 Proper use of TM/CAM by consumers
View the document1.4 Additional important aspects for the proper use of TM/CAM
Open this folder and view contents2. Development of Consumer Information
Open this folder and view contents3. General Principles and Activities for Ensuring Reliable TM/CAM Information
Open this folder and view contents4. Topics to Consider when Developing Consumer Information Promoting Proper Use of TM/CAM
View the document5. Use of this Publication
View the documentReferences
Open this folder and view contentsAnnexes
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1.3 Proper use of TM/CAM by consumers

In view of the benefits and risks of TM/CAM therapies, efforts to ensure proper use of TM/CAM need to involve a wide range of stakeholders including consumers, governments, health authorities, NGOs, professional and consumer organizations, and TM/CAM researchers. Proper use of TM/CAM by consumers is a relative term that is influenced by the local culture and context (see section 2.1) and primarily dependent on the individual’s knowledge and ability to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of TM/CAM use.

The following is a checklist of basic questions which may be used by consumers to help facilitate proper use of TM/CAM.

• Is the therapy suitable for treating the condition?

• Does the therapy have the potential to prevent, alleviate and/or cure symptoms or in other ways contribute to improved health and well-being?

• Is the therapy or herbal medicines provided by a qualified (preferably registered and certified) TM/CAM or health care practitioner with adequate training background, good skills and knowledge?

• Are the herbal medicinal products or materials of assured quality and what are the contraindications and precautions?

• Are the therapies or herbal medicinal products available at a competitive price?

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