Hypnosis, acupuncture...: who

Hypnosis, acupuncture…: who has the right to practice alternative medicine?

“Practice a non-conventional medicine (CCM) is not easy legally speaking”, explains Isabelle Robard, a lawyer specializing in health law

“On the one hand, health professionals can, under certain conditions, enrich their practice of MNC, but they are sometimes pursued by the College of physicians for insufficiently proven therapeutic or quackery! On the other, medical or paramedical, practitioners with an activity that can sometimes be considered to be medical, are occasionally prosecuted for illegal practice of medicine. The lack of clear regulation supports litigation. ” The most practices courantesMais so, who can do what under the law? This is a non-exhaustive overview of the situation for the MNC the more common. ● acupuncture cannot be exercised legally by doctors and midwives who graduated University (DU) or Interuniversity (IUD) issued by a many faculties of medicine. ● homeopathy is reserved for doctors, midwives, dentists, and veterinarians hold a degree from a university or institution approved by the State. Pharmacists can attend the course and obtaining a certificate in homeopathy.

They can advise, but not prescribing.

● osteopathy and chiropractic.

Doctors, physiotherapists, midwives and nurses have access to a diploma in osteopathy (DO) issued by authorized institutes or universities.

It’s a title but not a diploma State.

● the ‘therapeutic touch’ or relational massage can be practiced by physical therapists, nurses and therapists, regardless of degree. ● for hypnosis, there are many training academics and a private Institute (french Institute of hypnosis) dedicated to health workers, but no training nor State diploma are required, while the jurisprudence considers hypnosis as a medical procedure. The College of physicians attentifCette absurd situation is the lot of many MNC. Fortunately, in the absence of a legal or regulatory framework, trade unions and associations of mesotherapists, sophrologists.. .. organize by themselves by creating training and ad hoc graduates.

But nothing is officially recognized by the State.

For doctors, the practice remains risky. Less unconventional therapy has proven its scientific, more the order of the doctors will listen. For a doctor, for example, acupuncture is less risky than ozone (treatment by ozone at low concentration). “Several ozonotherapeutes were prosecuted for charlatanism in France, while in Germany their actions are reimbursed by social security”, explains Me Isabelle Robard.

Current practices, such homeopathy, can also lead to charges.

In 2007, a famous homeopath was convicted of quackery.

In the end, the no caregivers are most attracted to the exercise of the MNC while regulation has almost nothing for them. Only the practice of osteopathy and chiropractic was legalized by Kouchner of the 2002 law. For other practitioners flat the risk of illegal practice of medicine. Some are clearly immersed in the illegality. Others are on the razor’s edge. They appear as experts of well-being, while their practices are clearly care.

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