Lithuania legalizes alternative medicine

  • 2020-01-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The Seimas of Lithuania legalized alternative medicine in the country after adopting amendments to the Law on Complementary and Alternative Medicine last week.

The parliament needed to hold a second vote on the legalization of alternative medicine after it lacked votes during the first attempt.

The changes are scheduled to come into force in 2021 and still need to be signed into law by the president.

The Ministry of Health notes that alternative medicine has not been regulated so far, thus creating conditions for all sorts of imposters and charlatans to flourish and leaving victims unable to demand compensation.

Critics, however, say the parliament legalized scientifically-unfounded practices.

The law will make complementary and alternative medicine a licensed activity covering the area of recreational, natural and popular medicine. People providing such services will need special education, depending on the area of their activity, including medicine, rehabilitation, pharmaceutics, nursing, cosmetology, educology etc.

The new laws defines healthcare practices that fall outside the classic medicine concept and sets quality and safety requirements for them. Such practices include dolphin therapy, leech therapy, canine therapy etc.