They propose the integration of traditional complementary medicine into public health policy

The project establishes the inclusion of traditional and complementary medicine practices, just as the province of Santa Fe did.

Provincial MP Gracia Jaroslavski (UCR) unveiled a bill aimed at integrating conventional medicine – which uses standardized treatments and scientifically proven medicines – and the traditional and complementary medicine system, which uses non-traditional personalized methods to help the sick body heal. and healthy to prevent and maintain health.

As a starting point, the legislator explained what traditional medicine is and why its articulation with conventional medicine implies a broader approach to health and generates concrete benefits.

It consists of “a variety of health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs, which include herbal, animal and / or mineral medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises applied individually or in combination for the maintenance of well-being and treatment, diagnosis and prevention of diseases’.

In this framework, the initiative that the MP encourages establishes the inclusion of the so-called traditional complementary medicine (MTC) in the public health system. This includes practices and therapies such as phytomedicine, osteopathy, reflexology, acupuncture, horse therapy, reiki and biodecoding, among others.

The text, presented to the Chamber of Deputies, states that the province “will promote the necessary regulatory and operational changes for the effective integration of TCM into the public health system, including staffing, infrastructure building and preparation of manuals for procedures”.

The initiative also establishes the establishment of a directorate of traditional medicine at the Ministry of Health of Entre Ríos, which should “establish training requirements, standards of professional ethics, control the quality and marketing of products used in practice. of the MTC and to prepare a vademecum ‘.

The project also envisages “implementing TCM training at different levels of higher education in order to expand the population’s access to these therapeutic opportunities”.

In his project, Jaroslavski supports the need to “promote the interaction between TCM technicians and conventional medicine specialists in order to improve patient outcomes”, who will have the opportunity to decide what type of therapy or treatment. medicine prefers to be cared for.

It will also set up registers or registration systems where technicians, therapists and / or professionals in authorized practices must register in order to obtain the relevant professional practice permit.

The radical legislature’s initiative recognizes six categories of TCM: holistic medical systems, mind and body medicine, biological practices, body-based manipulations and practices, energy medicine, and animal therapies. Within these categories you can find some of the following practices: Homeopathic medicine. Biocoding, acupressure, reflexology, magnetic therapy, tai chi, horse therapy, etc.

In terms of funding, the project stipulates that the Ministry of Health must draw up a budget that will allow “the launch of TCM in the province’s public health centers gradually and over a period of no more than three years”.

At the heart of the initiative, MEP Jaroslavski reaffirmed that “in recent decades, both in Argentina and in the rest of the world, there has been widespread and growing social demand for TCM”, which has led the World Health Organization to call on countries to integrate these practices in national health systems.

The legislator later pointed out that “there is a legal vacuum in Argentina regarding the regulation of TCM in an integrated way, as recommended by the WHO and the Latin American Parliament”, but clarified that “but in practice for several years some public and private hospitals (mainly from the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires) complement their health services with certain TCM practices. ”

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