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Thai Nguyen (VNA) – Using traditional medicine in tandem with local knowledge as well as alternative treatments was evaluated at an international conference held in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on May 4-5.

The conference “Medical Pluralism and Cultural Diversity in Southeast Asia“ was held by Thai Nguyen University. It was attended by experts and scholars from universities in Europe and Southeast Asia like the University of Giessen (Germany), Laguna University (the Philippines) and the French Institute of Pondicherry (India).

European experience in medical pluralism and combination between medicine and spiritual issue in psychiatric treatment a study in India, were discussed.

Experts said that modern medicine standouts with enormous scientific advances, state-of-the-art equipment and many healthcare centres. However, traditional medicine supports modern medicine and contributes to providing initial healthcare.

Speaking at the conference, Professor Detlef Briessen, a cultural and historical researcher from the University of Giessen, said that Vietnam boasts huge potential in traditional medicine thanks to its long-standing cultural traditions and abundant medicinal herbs.

Better treatments using traditional medicine will be practiced soon, he said.

Other participants agreed to study and promote traditional medical knowledge during the national modernisation process and sustainable development in rural areas.-VNA