The World Health Organisation (WHO) has long supported natural medicine, but The Beijing Declaration explains exactly how they want their Member States to look at complementary healthcare.
On November 8, 2008 the WHO adopted The Beijing Declaration to promote the safe and effective use of traditional medicine (i.e. natural medicine and therapies).
This includes taking key steps to integrate natural medicines and therapies into national healthcare systems.
For member states (including Australia, America, and the United Kingdom) to follow the declaration, they must:
“The knowledge of traditional medicine, treatments and practices should be respected, preserved, promoted and communicated widely and appropriately based on the circumstances in each country.”
“Governments have a responsibility for the health of their people and should formulate national policies, regulations and standards, as part of comprehensive national health systems to ensure appropriate, safe and effective use of traditional medicine.”
“Recognising the progress of many governments to date in integrating traditional medicine into their national health systems, we call on those who have not yet done so to take action.”
Traditional medicine should be further developed based on research and innovation, using the WHO’s public health plan of action, which includes:
“Governments should establish systems for the qualification, accreditation or licensing of traditional medicine practitioners. Traditional medicine practitioners should upgrade their knowledge and skills based on national requirements.”
“The communication between conventional and traditional medicine providers should be strengthened and appropriate training programmes be established for health professionals, medical students and relevant researchers.”
Read the full declaration for WHO here.