The first WHO World Summit on Traditional Medicines opened on Thursday in the state of Gujarat, India. With this event, which should now take place every year, the World Health Organization wants to better assess non-Western medical and care practices in order to integrate them into national health policies.
Chinese medicine, acupuncture and moxas, Ayurveda, yoga… If their scientific foundations and their effectiveness are called into question in Western societies, traditional medicines are a mode of care and a heritage that many countries cherish and promote.
To frame these medicines qualified, in particular by Europeans, as “unconventional”, and to highlight the need to base medicine on scientific evidence, the World Health Organization (WHO) organizes, Thursday 17 and Friday August 18, its first summit dedicated to traditional medicine, in Gandhinagar, India, on the sidelines of a meeting of G20 health ministers.
It is in this city, capital of the state of Gujarat, in the west of the country, that the WHO center for traditional medicines opened last year, subsidized by the Indian government to the tune of of approximately 250 million euros, and whose goal is, according to the UN agency, to “mobilize ancient wisdom and modern science in favor of the health and well-being of people and the planet”.
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