Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine: a comparative overview

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2005 Dec;2(4):465-73. doi: 10.1093/ecam/neh140. Epub 2005 Oct 27.


Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine (TIM) and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) remain the most ancient yet living traditions. There has been increased global interest in traditional medicine. Efforts to monitor and regulate herbal drugs and traditional medicine are underway. China has been successful in promoting its therapies with more research and science-based approach, while Ayurveda still needs more extensive scientific research and evidence base. This review gives an overview of basic principles and commonalities of TIM and TCM and discusses key determinants of success, which these great traditions need to address to compete in global markets.