Restrictions or limitations of wellness tourism

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People are becoming more conscious about their health and this has resulted in a bang in the wellness tourism sector. People usually want to travel to a destination, which is a hub to some of the finest CAM therapies. Like other things in the world, wellness tourism also has some limitations.


Wellness tourism restrictions

  • The wellness tourism sector is not monitored by internationally recognized organizations. As a result, individuals lack important information about these therapies, their effects and benefits, and their cost. People generally have less or no knowledge about these therapies, they are left with no other choice than to simply guess the effectiveness of the therapy and the best place they should be visiting for availing these services.
  • You can get all types of information on the internet but due to the lack of credibility of alternative therapies and medicine; individuals simply have to test them out to see their results.


  • These therapies are conducted in different types of facilities, which may or might not be up to the standards required by foreign tourists. In different countries, different types of alternative therapies are used, and foreign tourists do not get proper care, during and after the treatment concludes.
  • Most of their efficacy claims are generally based on anecdotes, rather than clinical trials. However, it does not mean that all therapies are same and have no use because some herbs and therapies can take weeks or even months to work, and hence they require several sessions to show their benefits.
  • Many CAM practitioners prefer scientific words without showing any clinical results to explain how their therapies work. The same is in the case of homeopathy, which is one of the most used forms of CAM therapy.  Many therapist claims that water has an intrinsic memory and it can remember the substances it came in contact with during the preparation stage and transfers the same memory to the patient’s body. While, there is no scientifically supported evidence to prove this theory.

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