Venezuela

Alban South America

Venezuela Statistics The Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis has 41 members in Venezuela. There are approximately 10 chiropractors practicing in Venezuela. Regulatory Situation In Venezuela, health care is restricted to formally educated medical professionals. Section 13 of the 1975 Venezuelan law on the practice of medicine states that persons who perform any act that is restricted to medical practitioners, without having …

Peru

Alban South America

Peru Background Information The principal traditional medical specialties are herbalism, traditional birth attendance, and bonesetting. The National Institute of Traditional Medicine has 17 branches throughout the country. It disseminates information and conducts research on traditional medicine. In particular, the Institute is responsible for a research program in traditional medicine known as the General Direction of Research and Technology. This program …

Ecuador

Alban South America

Ecuador Background Information In Ecuador, there are associations of traditional medicine practitioners that work at regional and local levels. Some of these associations were created by indigenous organizations and others by state initiatives. Statistics There are chiropractors practicing in Ecuador. Regulatory Situation Section 174 of the Ecuadorian Health Code of 1971 limited the practice of physicians, pharmacists, dentists, midwives, and …

Columbia

Alban South America

Colombia Background Information Traditional medicine is widely practiced in Colombia. Statistics 40% of the population has used complementary/alternative medicine. There are chiropractors practicing in Colombia. Regulatory Situation The Congress of Deputies officially recognized homeopathy as a system of medicine in 1905. In 1914, the Government standardized training requirements for homeopathic doctors and established a system of title protection. Only allopathic physicians …

Chile

Alban South America

Chile Background Information The Mapuche Community Hospital offers traditional and allopathic treatment options. Practicing at the hospital are traditional medical providers, bonesetters, and two allopathic doctors. The hospital is affiliated with Mapuche University. Both the hospital and the university receive financial support from the Ministry of Health. Statistics In Chile, 10% to 12% of the population is indigenous. Seventy-one per …

Brazil

Alban South America

Brazil Statistics In Brazil, there are an estimated 12,000 homeopathic physicians, 200 homeopathic veterinarians, 100 homeopathic dentists, 1300 homeopathic pharmacists, and six homeopathic laboratories. There is a chiropractic association in Brazil. Regulatory Situation Regulations governing traditional medicine in Brazil include La Política de Atención Integral a la Salud Indígena de FUNASA, which promotes respect for the traditional systems of health …

Bolivia

Alban South America

Bolivia Background Information The principal specialties of traditional medicine practitioners are coca qawiri, midwifery, aysiri, materos, qulliri, milluris, qaquidores, paqos, layqiri, and rezadores. Statistics In Bolivia, where 50.5% of the population is indigenous, the proportion of the population with access to allopathic medicine ranges from 11% to 70%. depending on the region. There is a strong preference for traditional medicine. …

Argentina

Alban South America

Argentina Statistics In Argentina, an estimated 3000 physicians and 500 pharmacists practice homeopathic medicine. There are practicing chiropractors. Some kinesiologists are also members of the chiropractic association. Regulatory Situation Traditional medicine is regulated by Article 75-17 of the Constitution, Ley 23.302, Decreto 1269-96, and Resolution 83-94. Only professionally qualified doctors who have graduated from recognized medical schools may legally practice …