Who is the CAMDOC Alliance?
The European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH), the European Council of Doctors for Plurality in Medicine (ECPM), the International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques (ICMART) and the International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA), constitiute the CAMDOC Alliance representing 132 European associations of medical doctors practising Complementary Medicine (also called Complementary and Alternative Medicine - CAM).
The mission of CAMDOC is to develop and facilitate the integration of the well established and respectable CAM-methods into European Health Policies with the aim to provide the European citizens with the added value to medicine that CAM can provide.
Surveys over the past decade have reflected a growing demand by the European citizens for , which is mainly aimed at restoring the patients’ own natural systems for fighting disease and maintaining health with the aid of natural medicines, modification of lifestyle, dietary change and health psychology approaches.
There is also considerable interest in CAM among primary care doctors, and many are already practising CAM, referring to CAM practitioners or suggesting referral. In the European Union there are approximately 150,000 medical doctors who have taken training courses in a particular CAM therapy such as acupuncture, homeopathy, anthroposophic medicine or natural medicine, with figures for each therapy that are comparable to those of mainstream medical specialties. Most doctors practising CAM work in the ambulatory sector as GPs or medical specialists (any sort of specialty), in several European countries some of them work in mainstream hospitals including university teaching hospitals.