Medical Pluralism In India

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MEDICAL PLURALISM IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA Abstract: India has an opulent and live tradition of healing. Ayurveda was the most prevalent system in India which has existed since about 4000 BC. Since India was prone to the political instability and the external invasions from the medieval times, it was the platform of the integration of various cultures. It was not just the exchange of the material aspects happened between the host and the guest, but the discourse of the knowledge especially the medical knowledge also happened in between. Kuhnian frame of nonexistence of various knowledge were the out of box question at that time. There were no politics of the knowledge systems ensued for the supremacy of the one system, but there emerged an integration…show more content…
The term Medical pluralism always carry the notion of dominance and sub ordinance. N Purendra Prasad (2007) explains that one of the “key issue in medical pluralism in India is the existing unequal power relations between different medical systems as well as between "providers" and "receivers" of healthcare”. Unequal power relations between different medical systems are not the unique feature of the India, but it can be seen everywhere. For example in Europe as normal biomedicine is the state sponsored system whereas other systems are taken as Complementary Alternative Medical systems (CAM). Some of the authors claim that Medical Pluralism implies the choice of the people, but I would like to view medical pluralism as not the choice of the patients rather the lack of resources and practitioners in the biomedicine. After 1960s Health has become one of the important concerns all over the world. One of the important mottos of the Alma ata conference which was conducted in 1978 was ‘Health for all by 2000’. Thus health became one of the major socio economic issue and being treated as the basic human right. But there were limited resources in terms of availability and accessibility…show more content…
• Growing importance of local knowledge and technology. • Growing Interest of the anthropologists and social scientists in health beliefs and healing practices. • Increasing importance of cultural paradigm in the study of medical principles. • Growth of exoteric and cumulative method of understanding of knowledge. • Increasing of nationalism or swadeshism and anti-imperialism. • Revivalism of traditional medical

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