International Journal of Education and Research in Health Sciences
(Official Publication of Sai Amrut Educational and Medical Research Foundation, Aurangabad)
 

Vol.2, Issue 4 (2016)



Interpathy Research and Role of Health Universities

JV Dixit



Abstract

INTRODUCTION : India is the only country in the world which has got different systems of medicine functional for centuries. We have Ayurved, Unani, Siddha as well as Homeopathy (AYUSH). The number of doctors of these AYUSH system is almost equal to the number of modern medicine doctors. If we add these numbers, then the doctor: Population ratio of the country will be as good as developed countries. Somehow the policymakers and experts are tempted to convince the nation of shortage of doctors and the need to produce more MBBS doctors. Not going into that controversy at this point, let us understand that these doctors from other pathies have occupied the general practice sector of the country to the extent of 80 to 90%. In many cities you will not find a MBBS doctor practicing as a general practitioner. Most of the villages get their health care from these doctors. One must understand that these systems exist because people of the country want them. They have survived the test of time. The magnificent success stories of modern medicine have not extinguished them. Now there is a lot of hue and cry about the ugly face of modern medicine in this era of globalization. When I am writing this chapter, a news item in a leading newspaper has quoted the unethical clinical trials conducted in the country by multinational companies with the help of greedy doctors killing thousands of innocent people. The cost is another concern. As a result of all these factors, people are in search of alternatives. They then resort to Ayurved or Homeopathy. Certain diseases like arthritis, asthma, skin diseases, and age-related ailments are the strongholds of these pathies. The ground reality is that people do use medicines from different pathies. There are many claims from doctors of other pathies about overwhelming successes in treating diseases from common cold to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome! Unfortunately, most of the claims are by individuals who try to pose themselves as demy Gods and rarely their successes translate into generalized success for that pathy. As a result, many people get cheated by false claims and lose money and precious time. The time has come to compare the effects of medicines from other pathies with modern medicine. This is the interpathy research I wish to write about.


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