It was reported that more Malaysians are seeking complementary medicine due to fear of side effects from medicine drugs and invasive surgeries.
A study by the Institute for Medical Research and the Institute for health Systems Research in 2004 showed that 69% of Malaysians sought complementary medicine services at some point in their lives.
It was estimated that currently there are 12,104 local practitioners registered with eight practitioner bodies in the country.
Efforts are being made by the Health Ministry to gradually integrate special units for traditional and complementary medicine in hospitals.
Nine government hospitals have already set up such units.
But be ware, there are also many practitioners who were not certified thus putting patients at risk of being given the wrong treatment or misled by false claims.
(Source: A. Aruna, “need for more trained healers”, N6, Sunday Star 15 May 2011).