Bridging Ayurveda with evidence-based scientific approaches in medicine

EPMA J. 2014 Nov 1;5(1):19. doi: 10.1186/1878-5085-5-19. eCollection 2014.


This article reviews contemporary approaches for bridging Ayurveda with evidence-based medicine. In doing so, the author presents a pragmatic assessment of quality, methodology and extent of scientific research in Ayurvedic medicine. The article discusses the meaning of evidence and indicates the need to adopt epistemologically sensitive methods and rigorous experimentation using modern science. The author critically analyzes the status of Ayurvedic medicine based on personal observations, peer interactions and published research. This review article concludes that traditional knowledge systems like Ayurveda and modern scientific evidence-based medicine should be integrated. The author advocates that Ayurvedic researchers should develop strategic collaborations with innovative initiatives like 'Horizon 2020' involving predictive, preventive and personalized medicine (PPPM).

Keywords: Ayurveda; Epistemology; Evidence-based medicine; PPPM; Traditional; complementary and integrative medicine; predictive; preventive and personalized medicine.

Publication types

  • Review