Ancient Science of Life

ORAL PRESENTATION
Year
: 2013  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 24-

OA03.01. Biomedical studies on the classical ayurvedic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in AVT, Coimbatore (19762011): After the biomedical auscultation, Ayurveda at a turning point?


Talpain Olivier 
 1. The Graduate Institute for International Relations and Development Studies, Geneva

Correspondence Address:
Talpain Olivier
1. The Graduate Institute for International Relations and Development Studies, Geneva

Purpose: In India today Ayurveda lacks recognition and is underused. Modern research seems to be a key in Ayurveda«SQ»s recognition. But it did not show much result. Why is it so? The relation between Ayurveda and biomedicine might impact the results of the biomedical research on Ayurveda. How would it happen? Method: Through a casestudy: Two biomedical studies on the classical ayurvedic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis at the Ayurvedic Trust (AVT), Coimbatore : WHOICMR (1976-1984) and NIHNCCAM (2005-10) allow a comparative approach with an historical perspective. An ethnographic approach (interviews ; participative observation ; literary research) to describe actors«SQ» representations, capabilities, practices and relations within a specific context. With an anthropological approach (dependance), the two studies«SQ» examination as development projects through project analysis tools (objectives, functions, means, roles, achievements). A comparative examination through parameters assessed for each study: a) Objectives«SQ» achievement; b) Ayurveda«SQ»s dependance on biomedicine according to the functions of the studies projects; and for each actor (Ayurveda vs biomedicine): c) Interest for the objectives; d) means and roles according to the functions. Result: A)Biomedical studies on Ayurveda do not aim at a better recognition of Ayurveda: our case study is an exception. B)Biomedical research on Ayurveda, its results and its impact are significantly dependent on biomedicine in its relation to Ayurveda. C)The historical perspective shows a development of Ayurveda«SQ»s abilities in research: a) higher education of ayurvedic physicians and researchers; b) more experience of and expertise on research; c) better scientific communication tools and expertise. Conclusion: The historical perspective indicates a movement towards Ayurveda«SQ»s emancipation of biomedicine regarding research and the reformulation of its own agenda. Further research might include issues like the role of research in the recognition of Ayurveda and the overall relation between Ayurveda and biomedicine, specifically regarding the integrative approach. Social sciences might help.


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Olivier T. OA03.01. Biomedical studies on the classical ayurvedic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in AVT, Coimbatore (19762011): After the biomedical auscultation, Ayurveda at a turning point?.Ancient Sci Life 2013;32:24-24


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Olivier T. OA03.01. Biomedical studies on the classical ayurvedic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in AVT, Coimbatore (19762011): After the biomedical auscultation, Ayurveda at a turning point?. Ancient Sci Life [serial online] 2013 [cited 2021 Jan 19 ];32:24-24
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