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Complementary Medicine in Meran

The service of Complementary Medicine, a pilot project in the Meran’s Hospital, was a real success. The principle that inspires this project is that "The human being is the center of a global medicine".

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It all started in the summer of 2009, when doctor dr. Christian Thuile, has received from the  Director General in charge of this business plan. After many months of preparation and after the decision of the Provincial Government, in January 2010 the project had start. Following the project also Prof. Dr. Claudia Witt, Charité University Hospital in Berlin.

Complementary medicine is not a replacement for traditional one, but a valid and complete integration, trying to make a contribution in terms of quality of life, for example with food, alternative treatments and therapy of pain.

The service is aimed primarily at the most serious and chronic diseases, giving greater attention to patients and care to involve the whole person and his body and not just an individual problem. In addition to a general medical consultation, in the Department of Complementary Medicine can do also acupuncture, osteopathy, Shiatsu massage and other "alternative treatments".

The response from patients has been overwhelmingly positive!  The only thing that worries the medical staff are waiting times, sometimes too long, on average 6 weeks for a visit and 3 months for a shiatsu session. No doubt about the professionalism and expertise of the medical staff, which has excellent references and knowledge both in the field of traditional medicine as in the alternative one.

The success of the pilot project led to the opening of the service permanent until at least February 2012. After this date we will decide whether to make permanent or not but we can expect a positive outcome.

The hope is that many other hospitals, in South Tyrol and in the other Italian regions, follow the example of Meran, in the interests of all the sick people.

More information:

Comprensorio sanitario di Merano
Via Rossini. 7 - 39012 Merano
Tel. 0473 263333
Fax 0473 263820
E-mail: dir@asbmeran-o.it

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