As Bali prepares to open the new Bali International Hospital in Sanur in 2024, leaders are working to establish new ways to promote medical and wellness tourism on the island.
Bali is a destination synonymous with health and wellness, especially in resorts like Ubud. So as the island grapples with preserving cultural heritage and promoting tourism, leaders are seeking ways to bring the two worlds together.
Bali’s Governor Wayan Koster is a staunch advocate for the preservation and promotion of traditional Balinese values, culture, and arts.
He is introducing a series of policies that will help promote sustainable and culturally dignified tourism on the island over the next 100 years.
Bali has an incredible wealth of cultural traditions that support the health and well-being of both people and the planet.
Balinese traditional herbal medicine is still widely used across the island and is something that many tourists are interested in learning more about.
As more and more people around the world feel let down by Western medicine in one way or another, and as people become more aware of the importance of healthy living, many people are seeking destinations like Bali specifically to explore traditional medicine, wellness, and relaxation.
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Bali’s Governor Koster has recently signed off on legislation that will help promote traditional Balinese herbal medicine across the island.
The legislation also means that medical professionals on the island will be supported in introducing traditional medicine alongside Western medical solutions where applicable.
Governor Koster wants to see an integrated medical system created in Bali where medical care offers a holistic approach. This, in turn, he feels, will help keep Balinese culture alive and thriving.
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The new legislation, which has been signed by a huge number of Bali’s leading medical professionals, states that medical teams will be encouraged and supported to work with traditional Balinese wisdom keepers to investigate and create new ways of offering integrated medical care.
This applies to medical care across Bali, in local government hospitals and private hospitals for both local and international patients.
Governor Koster also wants to see traditional Balinese medicine plants produced on an industrial scale to provide herbal medicine products to the commercial market.
One of the most famous Balinese traditional medicinal remedies is jam. The herbal drink is made of turmeric, honey, ginger, black pepper, pineapple juice, and sometimes fresh coconut water.
It is used by many people to tackle everything from colds and flu to hay fever and other allergies.
Speaking at the signing of the new legislation, Governor Koster encouraged medical professionals to be proactive in establishing a new and progressive approach to healthcare in Bali.
He shared, “Why did I encourage traditional health with the issuance of the Bali Governor Regulation Number 55 of 2019 concerning Balinese Traditional Health Services? Because Bali has a wealth of plants for medicinal purposes known as Usada Bali.”
He continued, “therefore I encourage Bali to immediately have a process industry from plants for herbal medicine so that Bali becomes the basis for the development of the herbal industry.”
The new Bali International Hospital in Sanur have confirmed that they will integrate traditional Balinese herbal medicine services when the site opens in early 2024.
Bali International Hospital is set to become one of the leading medical tourism facilities in Asia. The hospital will offer world-class medical care in cardiology, neurology, critical illness (ICU), gastroenterology, and orthopedics.
It is not only in the medical sector where traditional Balinese medicine and wellness treatments will be promoted.
The tourism sector has also committed to integrating traditional Balinese herbs into the guest experience.
Whether it be through a welcome drink or the essential oils and fragrant healing herbs used in spa treatments, tourists can expect to be introduced to the wonders of Balinese culture throughout their vacation.
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