Revival, modernization and integration of Indian traditional herbal medicine in clinical practice: Importance, challenges and future

J Tradit Complement Med. 2016 Jun 28;7(2):234-244. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcme.2016.05.006. eCollection 2017 Apr.

Abstract

In spite of incredible advances in modern science, technology and allopathic medicine a large we are unable to provide quality healthcare to all. Traditional medicine particularly herbal medicine considered as a major healthcare provider around the globe particularly in rural and remote areas. A large section of people depends on such medicine for their primary healthcare mainly in underdeveloped or developing countries. Indian traditional medicinal system like Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani has a very rich history of their effectiveness; modern research also acknowledged the importance of such medicine. Indian traditional medicine or medicinal plants are also considered as a vital source of new drug. Mainstreaming of such medicine is important for the people. Several steps have been taken in India to promote such medicine and to integrate them into clinical practice. Evidence based incorporation of Indian traditional medicine in clinical practice will help to provide quality healthcare to all.

Keywords: Ayurveda; Clinical practice; Health; Indian traditional medicine; Mainstreaming.

Publication types

  • Review