The future of prevention

Looking back on - 25 years of § 20 Sozialgesetzbuch V

(Social security code No. V, Germany) and looking ahead

Report of Nora Laubstein, ANME e.V.

The German Kneipp - federation, the head organization for anthroposophic medicine in Germany (DAMID) and the legal health insurance company BARMER had invited to the well frequented event on November 13th, 2013, in Berlin.
The day was divided up into three conceptional parts „Where do we stand?“Parallel forum A +B, and „What do we expect?“-, these dealt with the situation of primary prevention (Primary Care) in the Public Health area in Germany.

Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products in Europe and the World:

TradeReg-Symposium 2013


by Dr. Mathias Schmidt (ANME+EUAA)

From 30 September to 2 October the symposium “TradeReg 2013: Regulation of Herbal and Traditional Medicinal Products – European and global strategies” took place in Bonn (Germany). During this three-day-symposium the regulatory approaches were presented for Europe and beyond the EU borders: there were, for example, presentations on the regulatory situation of herbal medicinal products in Brazil, Japan, Canada or the United States of America.

Of course, a major emphasis went to the collected experience with the registration of traditional herbal medicinal products in Europe.In view of the current European situation many participants had hoped for answers to pressing questions, especially with respect to the transfer of unregulated food supplements to the market segment of regulated traditional medicinal products. This hope was, however, deceived: ultimately the messages gave more information on what is not possible than aids to the question how manufacturers of food supplements could make practical use the so-called facilitated registration.

Naturopathic Medicine Week

Washington, D.C., September  - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating October 7 – October 13 as Naturopathic Medicine Week.

The resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing “safe, effective, and affordable health care...” and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions.

Shamanic Network Europe e. V.

What about the concern of the association „shamanic network Europe e.V.“ under the umbrella of ANME e.V.?

We just finished our first festival at castle Ludwigstein, right in the middle of Germany. Not only Germans, but Norwegian, Estonian, Austrian, Finnish and Irish guests came to the 4 day event of „Shamanic Network Europe e.V.“ The topic there was „traditional healing work and spiritual customs in Europe“. Till now we arranged only week-end seminaries about the same subjects. For us, these both aspects are closely connected. We will show this by an important example.

Regarding herbal regulation in the UK

Statement from Michael McIntyre chair of the European herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHPA), 24/09/2013 

The regulation of herbal medicine practitioners of all traditions, western, Chinese Ayurvedic and Tibetan, has been a matter of ongoing debate in the UK for the past 15 years. In 2000 the prestigious House of Lords’ Select Committee on Science and Technology recommended in its report on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that herbal practitioners should be statutorily regulated like doctors and nurses.

Following this in 2001 the UK Government launched a Department of Health Working Group to review this option. The Working Group, under independent chairmanship, published its findings in 2003 also calling for the statutory regulation of herbal practitioners.