EU Far Behind India and China in CAM Research Activities!

ANME e.V.(Association for Natural Medicine in Europe) is calling for the active encouragement of CAM research.

The results of the EU-funded CAMbrella project1 at the End of 2012 show that CAM in Europe is still a quite neglected area of research. India, China and the USA, for example, have for years clearly organized, controlled, regulated, and made available their CAM healthcare systems. The EU, on the other hand, is merely marking time, there is no common approach to the regulation of CAM practices.

CAM (complimentary and alternativ medicine) is the generic term for a variety of different natural medicine healthcare systems used in the EU by more than 100 Million people and provided by 328,000 registered CAM practitioners, figures established by the CAMbrella project. To be specially mentioned are homeopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic.

The European Health Community welcomes President-elect Juncker’s decision to ensure the security of all Europeans by regulating health for the public good

October 22th 2014, Brussels – The NGO signatories of this statement wholeheartedly welcome the announcement of the reversal of the decision by President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker to move the competence for pharmaceutical and medical devices to the enterprise directorate.

Following negotiations within the European Parliament and concerns expressed by a number of member states, President-elect Juncker stated today that the "responsibility for medicines and pharmaceutical products will stay with the Directorate-General for Health because I agree with you that medicines are not goods like any other. The relevant policy will be developed jointly by Vytenis Andriukaitis and by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, who showed her incredible talents in her hearing." This signals that these policies are seen by President-elect Juncker as an essential part of European health policy. It also indicates that the safety and security of Europeans are prioritized in the new Commission. We would like to warmly thank President-elect Juncker for his commitment to the promise that he made in response to an open letter sent to him by 35 public health organizations where he stated that “As President of the Commission, I will make sure that public health will be at least as important in our policies as internal market considerations.”

With this new perspective, Mr Juncker has demonstrated that medicines are not an ordinary internal market good and that pharmaceutical policy is crucial to the sustainability of health systems; not solely an instrument for promoting economic growth. This can be seen also as a clear victory for public health, patients and European citizens. Commissioner-Designate for Health and Food Safety, Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis** will now have the tools to fulfill his mandate to harmonize pharmaceutical governance within the EU and facilitate emergency preparedness; the very reasons that in 2009 led the European Commission to move responsibility for medicines and medical devices into the hands of the health Commissioner.

** (10 September 2014, Brussels – Today Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis, former Health Minister of Lithuania, was designated as new European Commissioner for the Health Policy and Food Safety portfolio) 

Commissioner Borg addresses the European Parliament's Interest Group on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Tonio Borg is Member of the European Commission, responsible for Health and Consumer Policy

Brussels, Belgium, 27 June 2013
Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, attends a joint meeting of the European Parliament Interest Groups MEPs Against Cancer and MEPs for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

List of Complementary and Alternative Therapies*

* Copyright by ANME e.V.

This list should be an orientation registering several usual and well-known CAM-therapies in Europe. It is actually not complete, and indeed, it never will be complete, because CAM is developing itself by practicing and researching. The term “Traditional Medicine” (see under T ) is politically used by the WHO for natural healing systems. All kinds of diagnosis are not accounted.

**Complementary and Alternative Medicine



  • Alexander technique
  • Anthroposophic Medicine
  • Anthroposophic Healing
  • Antihomotoxicologic Therapy/Dr.Reckeweg
  • Astrologic Medicine
  • Autogenous Training
  • Ayurveda (Traditional Indian Medicine)


  • Bach-Flowers-Therapy
  • Biochemical Therapy by Schüßler
  • Bioenergetic Work/Lowen
  • Bioresonancetherapy
  • Breathe Therapy
  • Brain-Gym


  • Chelation therapy
  • Chiropractice
  • Colon-Hydro-Therapy
  • Color-Acupuncture by Mandel
  • Colortherapy
  • Cranio-Sacral-Therapy


  • Didgeridoo-healing/Atarte-Therapy
  • Dietical therapies /Nutrition


  • Ear-Acupuncture/Nogier
  • Electroacupuncture/VOLL
  • Energetical photontherapy
  • Energy-medicine
  • Eye-Acupuncture/Boell


  • Fasting Cure
  • Feldenkraistherapy
  • F. X. Mayr-Cure /Dietical Treatment


  • Galvanotherapy
  • Gemstone Therapy


  • Herbalism
  • Hildegard-Medicine/ Hildegard v.Bingen
  • Homeopathy, classic
  • Homeopathic complextherapy
  • Humoural procedures/cupping,leaches,blood-letting etc.
  • Hydrotherapy /Priessnitz
  • Hyperthermie/medical fever therapy
  • Hypnosis for healing


  • Isopathy by Enderlein/Sanum


  • Kinesiology
  • KNEIPP-Therapy (the five pillars)






  • Laser-Acupuncture
  • Laughing-Yoga
  • Light+Lasertherapy
  • Lymphdrainage


  • Magnetic-Field-Therapy
  • Manual therapies (eg.massage)
  • Meditation
  • Microbiological Therapy


  • Neuraltherapy/Hunecke
  • NPS-O- Paintherapy by Siener


  • Orgontherapy/Reich
  • Orthomolecular Medicine
  • Osteopathy
  • Oxygentherapy
  • Ozonetherapy


  • Painting Therapy
  • Physical medicine
  • Phytotherapy
  • Proprioceptive and biomechanical therapy


  • Qigong


  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Rolfing


  • Shamanism
  • Shiatsu
  • Siddhu
  • Spagyric Medicine
  • Spiritual Healing


  • Tai Chi
  • Traditional Medicine/TM
    • Ayurveda
    • Naturopathy
    • Traditional Chinese Medicine /TCM / TCM
    • Traditional Ocidential Medicine /TAM
    • Traditional Oriental Medicine
    • Traditional European Healing /TEH
    • Traditional European Medicine /TEM
    • Traditional European Natural Medicine /TEN
    • Traditional Japanese Medicine
    • Traditional Thai Medicine
    • Traditional Tibetian Medicine


  • Unani-Medicine


  • Yogatechniques


  • Zilgrei