India-United States Dialogue on Traditional Medicine: Toward Collaborative Research and Generation of an Evidence Base

J Glob Oncol. 2018 Sep:4:1-10. doi: 10.1200/JGO.17.00099. Epub 2017 Nov 16.


Therapies originating from traditional medical systems are widely used by patients in both India and the United States. The first India-US Workshop on Traditional Medicine was held in New Delhi, India, on March 3 and 4, 2016, as a collaboration between the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) of the Government of India, the US National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health, and the Office of Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services. It was attended by Indian and US policymakers, scientists, academics, and medical practitioners from various disciplines. The workshop provided an opportunity to open a dialogue between AYUSH and NCI to identify promising research results and potential topics for Indo-US collaboration. Recommendations that emerged from the workshop underlined the importance of applying rational and scientific approaches for drug development; standardizing traditional medicine products and procedures to ensure reliability and reproducibility; promotion of collaboration between Indian traditional medicine practitioners and researchers and US researchers; greater integration of evidence-based traditional medicine practices with mainstream medical practices in India; and development of training programs between AYUSH and NCI to facilitate crosstraining. Several positive developments took place after the thought-provoking deliberations.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Drug Development
  • Education, Medical
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Humans
  • India
  • Medicine, Traditional* / methods
  • Neoplasms / therapy
  • Research*
  • United States