Malay Massage – Making A Presence In MOH Integrated Hospitals

Author

MDM SAIRANI MD SAAD
Director and Consultant
Dhia Nenda Consultants Sdn Bhd
Malaysia
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Language

English

Title

Malay Massage – Making A Presence In MOH Integrated Hospitals

Proceeding

7th INTRACOM – 2nd ICBWI 2009

Date

24th July 2009

Place Held

PWTC, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

World Health Organization ( WHO ) estimated 80% of the populace of the world has been  using traditional and complementary medicine as a preventive and cure for many diseases. The WHO Global Atlas of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM)(Bodeker et al 2005) charts these trends. The findings from this and from the book on Public Health & Policy perspectives on TCAM ( Bodeker & Burford 2007) include : the majority of the world’s population uses TCAM on a regular basis, Asian traditional health systems are globalizing, governments are focusing on regulation of practice, training, product quality & safety, women significantly outnumber men in the use of TCAM & each uses TCAM differently, prevention is favored, with a lifestyle approach to health and wellbeing. WHO also defines Traditional medicine as the sum total of knowledge, skills and practices based on the theories, beliefs and experiences indigenous to different cultures that are used to maintain health, as well as to prevent, diagnose, improve or treat physical and mental illnesses. Since Malaysia is a multi- racial country, it has a rich heritage of various traditional medical practices, each according to the ethnic origins of its population. Recognizing these factors, The Ministry of Health Malaysia has taken positive and proactive steps to integrate traditional and complementary medicine with modern medicine and ensure that traditional and complementary medicine becomes an important component in our healthcare system. Realizing the potentials of T&CM, the government embarked on a program to integrate T&CM practices in public hospitals in 2006.Three hospitals were chosen to facilitate the pilot projects. Services provided to the patients are Acupuncture, Malay Massage, and Herbal Treatment as an adjunct for treatments for cancer This paper continues in reporting the development of Malay Massage in these hospitals in many areas including ensuring acceptable standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. Further, Malay post natal treatments will be discussed in view of its integration into Kepala Batas Hospital and Sultan Ismail Hospital, Johor in July 2009.

Keywords

Malay Massage, TCAM

Session

Symposium 2A-4

Topic

Regulations and Opportunities in Wellness Industry