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
Open this folder and view contents1. General Considerations
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
Close this folder4. Topics to Consider when Developing Consumer Information Promoting Proper Use of TM/CAM
View the document4.1 General information
View the document4.2 Where to find reliable information
View the document4.3 How to identify reliable information
Close this folder4.4 TM/CAM medication therapies
View the document4.4.1 Therapeutic claims
View the document4.4.2 Quality
View the document4.4.3 Precautions
View the document4.4.4 Adverse events
View the document4.4.5 Potent and/or toxic TM/CAM medication therapies
View the document4.4.6 Interactions and contraindications
View the document4.4.7 Posology
View the document4.4.8 Methods of administration
View the document4.4.9 Self-medication
View the document4.4.10 Preparation of TM/CAM medication therapies
View the document4.4.11 Children, pregnant or lactating women and the elderly
Open this folder and view contents4.5 Procedure-based TM/CAM therapies
View the document4.6 Practitioners
View the document4.7 Pricing and health insurance coverage
View the document5. Use of this Publication
View the documentReferences
Open this folder and view contentsAnnexes
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4.4.10 Preparation of TM/CAM medication therapies

In some countries, it is common for consumers to prepare their own medicines from raw materials. In such cases, as for instance stated by the Department of Health in Hong Kong SAR, China (see Annex I), it is important that patients have some knowledge about the preparation of TM/CAM medication therapies. A recipe for the particular formula is always important. The consumer needs to be informed about how much material to use for a certain amount of water; in which order to put in the ingredients; how long to boil/simmer/steep the ingredients; and for how long it can be used after preparation.

Ideally TM/CAM practitioners should provide this information. However, it is useful for public information initiatives to bring up these issues and to provide general directions in some form (e.g. through brochures) for the preparation of TM/CAM medication therapies.

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