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J Res Educ Indian Med . 2007; 13(1): 1-6


MEDICAL PLURALISM – THE CHALLENGES AHEAD

G. GANGADHARAN, DARSHAN SHANKAR.




Abstract

Traditional medicine in India has two streams, folk medicine and codified traditional medicines like Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Tibetan Gso-rig-pa. They have strong theoretical foundations and are documented in hundreds of medical manuscripts.The codified system consists of medical knowledge expressed in thousand of regional manuscripts covering all branches of medicine and surgery. The ecosystem specific approach of traditional system of medicines can enable other cultures to identify their natural resources and use it for their health care needs. If the need for supporting medical pluralism is appreciated and work towards this is initiated, traditional medicine will be able to contribute to frontiers of medicine.

Key words: Conventional medicine, Folk medicine, Codified traditional medicine,Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Tibetan systems of medicine, Medical pluralism.






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