France offers an excellent system of higher education not only to its citizens, but also to foreigners. Dynamic culture, the country’s attracts foreign students and those interested in pursuing international courses. France has a tradition of scientific and technological innovation. This ensures that scholars fully utilize their creativity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 80 percent of the world population uses medicines of natural origin to help in the treatment of various diseases.Alternative medicine has become a common place in society, for its effective results to heal the human being in an integral way; not only the physical plane, but also the mental-emotional one that medical science recognizes as the origin of physical ailments.
According to the European Commission, in the 27 countries of the European Union (EU) it is estimated that complementary and alternative medicine has 100 million clients annually, although the trend is increasing. Many French are taking responsibility for their treatment, because they are not satisfied with the results of traditional medicine or do not want to resign themselves to the doctor’s recommendation that they have to learn to live with pain and illness. There are also those who want to avoid the side effects of pharmaceutical treatments. To verify its effectiveness and avoid both fraud and putting the patient’s life at risk, the European Commission has decided to finance the investigation of these remedies with a budget of 1.5 million euros for the next three years.
The importance of Natural Medicine today is evidenced by the high consumption of the products recommended by this alternative for the management of diseases. In France one study showed a significant increase in alternative medical treatments, going from 33.8% in 1990 to 42.1% in 1997. The most dramatic increase in that same country occurred with the use of medicinal herbs, whose use it went from 2.5% in 1990 to 12.1% in 1997, an increase of 380%. Another finding found that among 44% of adults who reported regular use of medications prescribed by the doctor, it was found that 18.4% also used at least one product of herbal medicine.
In France, a survey conducted by an organization of 28,000 consumers found that 80 people out of 100 had resorted to some form of complementary medicine. On the other hand consultations with homeopathic doctors is increasing at a rate of 39 percent a year and 42 percent of doctors interviewed, according to the British Medical Journal, referred their patients to homeopathic doctors. Boiron is a major French company of homeopathic products with a market value of 1,360 million euros and subsidiaries in 20 countries, including Spain, where it invoices just over 25 million per year. In France, the largest pharmacoe-pidemiological study was done, which compared allopathic doctors with those who also used homeopathy. In regards to the study of French oncologists, it can be said that it is inconclusive. A similar survey, conducted on Japanese oncologists in 2003 and published in the journal Cancer, found that 89% had little or no knowledge of homeopathy, and only 0.9% of them said they had ever recommended it.
Homeopathy are medicines born of experience, born of science, that is, of experimentation. They are like scientific studies in reverse, we have evidence that they work in real life for 200 years, no need to prove it with clinical trials because it has already been demonstrated in real life. There are medications that work in clinical trials and then in real life they do not. Before there was a wall separating homeopathic doctors from non-homeopathic doctors, and homeopathic consumers from non-consumers. In other places, homeopathic medicines are another complement and people use these drugs or not, depending on their disease and what they need.
It is proven that there is a growing demand for this type of medicine by patients, which has led to an internal debate in the health institutions of the country about the results and costs of most medical treatments that are practiced in France . Methods and techniques such as acupuncture, moxibustion, hypnosis, physiotherapy, homeopathy, yoga, qi-qong, tai-chi, color therapy, aromatherapy, magnetism, shiatsu, mud therapy, hydrotherapy, and many more occupy an increasingly important place in the therapeutic arsenal of leading medical institutions in countries such as Germany, France, Japan and the United States. In Traditional Medicine, each sick subject is considered in their individuality. Man is his own point of reference, not disease. This implies that it is essential to attend to the idiosyncrasies of the subject. It is so important the lifestyle, the way of thinking and acting, the mood, eating habits, among others, as the physical signs and symptoms of the disease, both at the time of establishing the diagnosis and when initiating the corresponding plan therapeutic.
The focus of Traditional Medicine was preventive since its inception, and it continues to be the case today. It is said that in antiquity, approximately 3 500 years ago, the traditional Asian doctor had to keep healthy the members of the population group he attended, and in return he received payment or tribute from them; However, when one of them became ill, the doctor had to restore his health and bear all the expenses of the patient and his family during the treatment. True or not, this fact reaffirms the eminently preventive nature of health actions at that time. For doctors who decide to start a professional career in France, Montero and Millán agree on the need to be open to changes and mark what are the personal and professional motivations of each one.
Alternative therapies of corporative manipulation, by mobilizing the energy achieved by body manipulation and massage, many therapeutic objectives pursued by alternative medicine are achieved: relaxation, reactivation of energy flows, etc. Another of the remedies that are usually found in medicines of natural medicine are the trace elements, present in all the foods that we consume and available in capsules to be ingested in the case of needing more than one of them. Finally, we must also remember that natural medicine is committed to a healthy lifestyle, in which you exercise daily and avoid bad habits.