- Volume 5 Issue 3
Ayurveda is often criticized for having empirical and non-evidence based approach to treat the patients. At the same time, modern medicine is also being criticized for having a non-holistic, reductionist and mechanistic approach of treating the patients which do not help in many real clinical situations. An open minded deduction of treatment approaches in both of these systems for a common patient however makes us to rethink that ideally both systems are similar with a common objective of offering a cure although in a manner which is better understood through their own methods of learning. The differences therefore, are more superficial rather than being deeply rooted in the understanding. A more tolerant viewpoint towards the competitive medical systems may therefore be a better approach to offer optimal health care to our people through a genuine amalgamation of these two health care sciences through an integrated approach. Once this tolerance is developed, it will give us an opportunity to think for a focused selection of type of health care depending upon the type of the disease and strength of the particular system in that area.
- Chatterjee B, Pancholi J. Prakriti-based medicine: A step towards personalized medicine. Ayu. 2011;32:141-146. https://doi.org/10.4103/0974-8520.92539
- Ghodke Y, Joshi K, Patwardhan B. Traditional Medicine to Modern Pharmacogenomics: Ayurveda Prakriti Type and CYP2C19 Gene Polymorphism Associated with the Metabolic Variability. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011;2011:249528.
- Kaptchuk TJ, Eisenberg DM. The persuasive appeal of alternative medicine. Ann Intern Med. 1998;129:1061-1065. https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-129-12-199812150-00011
- Lakhotia SC. In-depth Basic Science Studies Essential for Revival of Ayurveda. Ann Ayurvedic Med. 2013;2:58-60.
- Lurie D. Ayurveda and Pharmacogenomics. Ann Ayurvedic Med. 2012;1:126-128.
- Olivier C, Williams-Jones B, Godard B, Mikalson B, Ozdemir V. Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine. In Personalized medicine, bioethics and social responsibilities: Re-thinking the pharmaceutical industry to remedy inequities in patient care and international health. (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: Bentham Science Publishers), pp108-120, 2008.
- Patwardhan B, Mashelkar RA. Traditional medicine-inspired approaches to drug discovery: Can Ayurveda show the way forward? Drug Discov Today. 2009;14:804-811. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drudis.2009.05.009
- Patwardhan B. Ayurveda and Systems Biology. Ann Ayurvedic Med. 2014;3:5-7.
- Rastogi S. Building bridges between Ayurveda and modern science. Int J Ayurveda Res. 2010;1:41-46. https://doi.org/10.4103/0974-7788.59943
- Singh RH. Promoting strategic convergence of traditional and conventional systems of medicine focusing on unique healing mechanisms and bilateral integration. Ann Ayurvedic Med. 2014;3:66-68.