The National Council dealt, during its summer session, with the motion 20.3664  Prevention, treatment and monitoring of epidemics and pandemics. Promoting salutogenesis and taking into account complementary medicines” , a motion tabled by the National Councilor and President of Fedmedcom, Edith Graf-Litscher during the first year of coronavirus, in 2020. The National Council has subscribed to the first two points which oblige the Federal Council: 

  1. to appoint at least one complementary medicine specialist to the clinical care working group and to the Federal Commission for Pandemic Preparedness and Management;
  2. complement the pandemic plan with lessons learned from complementary medicine on salutogenesis and building disease resistance.

“I am very happy that a majority of the National Council has followed my proposal and adopted these two central points”, says Edith Graf-Litscher. “It is important for the future management of epidemics and pandemics to sustainably strengthen the health competence of the population as well as its resistance and to make use of the knowledge and experience of complementary medicine for this.” The motion was supported by members of the PS, the Greens, some members of the Center fraction and by the majority of the UDC. The motion will now move on to the Council of States once it has been dealt with by its health committee.

International Declaration for Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Health Care

A statement for Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (TCIH) was recently launched at the initiative of international health organizations. Fedmedcom is a co-signatory. The declaration is understood as a call to political decision-makers to integrate traditional, complementary and integrative medicine into health systems.

The declaration calls for a respectful collaboration between traditional, complementary and conventional practices and for the development of a holistic, person-centred approach to health. The aim is to have a large number of signatories around the world, to organize a demonstration during the assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) in May 2023 in Geneva and to prepare a resolution.

WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine

The World Health Organization (WHO) has founded a traditional medicine center in the Indian city of Jamnagar. This WHO World Center for Traditional Medicine , supported by a $250 million investment by the Government of India, aims to harness the potential of traditional medicine worldwide through modern science and technology to improve the health of people. people and the planet. It is estimated that about 80% of the world’s population uses traditional medicine. “Millions of people around the world rely on traditional medicine as the first line of treatment for many diseases,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.