1st European Herb Gathering, 4-7 October 2012, Lesachtal, AT

Rural Actors for Health

1st European Hearb GatheringHerbs play an important role for health

  • Traditional knowledge about the use of plants is acknowledged as intangible cultural heritage (recognized by UNESCO). This represents a strong commitment to safeguard this knowledge and the benefits it can provide for public human health.
  • The cultivation, processing, selling and use of herbs is strongly restricted by regulations
  • It is often rural actors, mainly women, who are the holders of knowledge how to cultivate and process plants and how to use them. These actors play an important role in the economic balance of rural regions. The cultivation and processing of plants is an important cornerstone of multifunctional agriculture.



Variety of Treatments

Today there are over eighty different complementary methods and alternative treatments. This also includes independent healing systems from different cultures and traditions. A common basis and unifying link throughout is holistic thinking.


For a Free and Healthy Europe

While the foundation for European legislation is under the control of the national states, together our states work to promote the free choice of therapy, choice of practitioner, and the option for self-care and self-help/improvement in both the public and private market.


Who We Are and What We Do

As a European umbrella organization, ANME works on behalf of the common interests of citizens, patients, therapists, and manufacturers in the field of remedies and natural healing methods. We build capacity and raise awareness about the scope and versatility of and for natural medicine.

Health promotion and sustainability: the natural way out of the permanent state of emergency

Report from the SALUS Network event in the EU Parliament in Brussels

The international conference "Promoting health and sustainability: the natural way out of the permanent state of emergency" was held on 28 and 29 September at the European Parliament in Brussels. Thanks to the MEPs Rosa D'Amato and Manuela Ripa and the Greens / Efa group, it was possible to bring the theme of health promotion linked to environmental sustainability to an institutional place.

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