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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 4, S1, Pages 45-51
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nem094
Original Article

The Social Demand for a Medicine Focused on the Person: The Contribution of CAM to Healthcare and Healthgenesis

1Italian National Council for Health, Ministry of Health, Rome, Italy
2Department of Mental Health, Health Local Unit, Bologna, Italy
3Via Siepelunga 36/12 40141 Bologna, Italy

Copyright © 2007 Paolo Roberti di Sarsina. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The Non Conventional Medicines have a greater social impact and the demand for such treatments of more than 10 million Italian citizens (male and female) of all ages and social classes and of thousands of Italian families reveals an interest proving that there is a trend reversal, involving also other sectors of the medical and scientific world, which shifts the focus from the symptom to an idea of more general and comprehensive well-being of the person. Over the last few years the scientific debate on Non Conventional Medicines and their integration with the academic or dominant medicine in our western society has favored and legitimated an increase in the demand and has activated a cultural transformation process involving the life styles. The focus is therefore shifted to the self-healing capacities, to the reawakening of the individual potentialities, which support and amplify the benefits of the treatments and the citizens start pretending to be accurately informed in order to choose freely their own health program.