Brazil’s Ministry of Health Incorporates Ayurveda, Chiropractic, Yoga and Shantala

BRAZIL, March 17, 2017 ( An ordinance of the Ministry of Health, published on Tuesday (March 28) in the Official Gazette of the Union, has included 14 new alternative therapies in the National Policy of Integrative and Complementary Practices (PNPIC). In January, the ministry had announced that these procedures would soon be offered by the Unified Health System (SUS). According to the new ordinance (no. 849 ) now included in the PNPIC are: art therapy, ayurveda, biodance, circular dance, meditation, music therapy, Naturopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, reflexotherapy, reiki, Ayurvedic massage, integrative community therapy and yoga.

The National Policy on Integrative and Complementary Practices of the Ministry of Health was created in 2006. It instituted alternative medicine approaches into the SUS, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, among others. Each municipality is responsible for offering the services to the population in the Units of Basic Attention. However, not all cities offer all the therapies contained in the PNPIC, since each municipality can opt for practices in which there is demand.

According to the Ministry of Health, since the creation of the National Policy on Integrative and Complementary Practices in 2006, more than five thousand establishments have started offering alternative therapies to the public.