Three things that medical doctors can learn from ayurveda and homeopathy practitioners

A huge margin separates medical science and pseudoscience, but it gets blurred at a single point: patients.

The complementary and alternative medicine industry in India, officially and popularly known as Ayush, does not offer evidence-based medical options for treating acute or chronic diseases. The practitioners rely on their own irrational principles for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that never even featured in the classical texts. Their therapies are claimed to be ‘time-tested’ and appeal to ‘traditional or cultural values,’ but lack measurable and validated scientific evidence of benefits.

Yet, even with an entire system that does not follow actual evidence for treating ailments, one that is based on blind faith, beliefs and hit-and-miss methods without realistic …


Cyriac Abby Philips

Cyriac Abby Philips is a highly cited, acclaimed and award-winning liver disease specialist and clinician-scientist based at The Liver Institute, Rajagiri Hospital, Kochi. His seminal research includes the introduction of healthy donor stool transplant for patients battling severe alcohol-related liver disease. He has also authored disruptive peer-reviewed publications on Ayush-related liver injury and herbal and dietary supplements.