School of Law

Research Student: Cheng Soon Goh

Regulation and Integration of the Practice of Traditional Medicine in Malaysia

Malaysia plans to develop traditional health care policies and legislation to integrate the systems of traditional medicine into the current health care system.

Malaysia, with its multi diversity, has a confluence of three systems of traditional practices: Malay, Chinese and Indian. Up till now, traditional medicine in Malaysia has been under a certain level of voluntary self-regulation. The policy challenge is how best to cultivate a standard policy across the traditional systems.

Professionalisation of the practice of traditional medicine is the goal of legislation. The challenge is whether mainstream health care professionals can accept traditional health care professionals working with them in full collaboration.

Traditional medicine is on track to integrate into the mainstream health care system, but policy does not guarantee equality, as India's and China's experience demonstrates.

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