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National Policy on Traditional Medicine and Regulation of Herbal Medicines - Report of a WHO Global Survey
(2005; 168 pages) Ver el documento en el formato PDF
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Ver el documentoAcknowledgements
Ver el documentoExecutive summary
Ver el documentoAcronyms, abbreviations and definitions
Ver el documentoWHO Regions
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido1. Introduction
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido2. National policy on traditional medicine and complementary/alternative medicine
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido3. The regulatory situation of herbal medicines
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido4. Member States, WHO and herbal medicines
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido5. Country summaries
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Ver el documentoAnnex 1. Text of survey instrument

Acronyms, abbreviations and definitions


complementary and alternative medicine


Good Manufacturing Practice


International Nonproprietary Names


traditional medicine

Complementary/alternative medicine (CAM): often refers to a broad set of health care practices that are not part of a country’s own tradition and are not integrated into the dominant health care system. Other terms sometimes used to describe these health care practices include “natural medicine”, “nonconventional medicine” and “holistic medicine” (1).

Herbal medicine: plant derived material or preparations with therapeutic or other human health benefits, which contain either raw or processed ingredients from one or more plants. In some traditions, material of inorganic or animal origin may also be present.

Traditional medicine (TM): is the sum total of knowledge, skills and practices based on the theories, beliefs and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illnesses (1).


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