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Journal of Integrative Medicine ›› 2019, Vol. 17 ›› Issue (3): 147-149.doi: 10.1016/j.joim.2019.03.010

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The present state of complementary medicine regulation in Saudi Arabia

Tamer Aboushanab, Mohamed Khalil, YaserAl Ahmari   

  1. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Ministry of Health, Riyadh 11662, Saudi Arabia
  • Received:2019-02-05 Accepted:2019-02-25 Online:2019-05-05 Published:2019-05-01
  • Contact: Tamer Aboushanab E-mail:t.shaban@nccam.gov.sa


The prevalence of use of traditional and complementary medicine in the Saudi Arabia population has reached 75%. The most used therapies are religious healing, herbal medicine and cupping therapy. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is the Saudi national reference for all activities regarding complementary medicine. This article briefly highlights the current state of complementary medicine regulation in Saudi Arabia.

Key words: Complementary medicine, Integrative medicine, Cupping, Acupuncture;Saudi Arabia

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