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Model A : New Zealand Charter of Health Practitioners (The Charter) - Regulatory Purposes

In 1993, the New Zealand Charter of Health Practitioners Incorporated (NZCHP) was established to represent Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine modalities in New Zealand.(1)

There are 4 main presidential boards established based on the available local traditional system.  The categorization is as described in Table 2.

 

Table 2: Categorization by New Zealand Charter of Health Practitioners.(2)

Board

Definition

Example/s

Traditional Maori medicine

 

Traditional Maori medicine and other traditional healing methods from Polynesian

  • Traditional Maori medicine
  • Pacific traditional healing system

Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

Includes traditional Chinese medicine and other healing tradition from Orient.

  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Oriental healing traditions

Natural Medicines

 

All those traditional methods of healing that involve or are mainly based on ingestible medicines.

 

  • Classical homeopathy
  • Medical herbalism
  • Naturopathy

Natural therapies

 

All those methods of healing that do not require the administration of medicines that do not require the administration of medicines as the essential part of treatment.

  • Massage therapy
  • Manipulation
  • Energy restoration
  • Flower essences
  • Homeobotanicals
  • Cell salts

Source: Terminology in Complementary & Alternative Health, New Zealand, 2002

Note: The definitions in italic are direct quotation from the source.


  1. Ministerial Advisory Committee on Complementary and Alternative Health. Retrieved from http://www.newhealth.govt.nz/maccah/regulation.htm [accesed 5 July 2007]
  2. Ministerial Advisory Committee on Complementary & Alternative Health. (2002). Terminology in Complementary and Alternative Health. Ministerial Advisory Committee on Complementary and Alternative Health. New Zealand. Wellington.