Ayurvedic Medicine in Britain and the Epistemology of Practicing Medicine in "Good Faith"

Newcombe, Suzanne (2008). Ayurvedic Medicine in Britain and the Epistemology of Practicing Medicine in "Good Faith". In: Wujastyk, Dagmar and Smith, Frederick M. eds. Modern and Global Ayurveda: Pluralism and Paradigms. Health Studies / Asian Studies. Albany, USA: State University of New York Press, pp. 257–284.

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Abstract

Modern and Global Ayurveda provides an overview of the relatively recent history of Ayurveda in its modern and globalized forms. One of the traditional medical systems originating on the Indian subcontinent, Ayurveda is fast becoming a transnational phenomenon. Contributors to this volume include both scholars and practitioners of Ayurveda. The wide range of perspectives they offer include the philosophical, anthropological, sociopolitical, economic, biomedical, and pharmacological. Issues such as the ideological clashes between 'classical' and 'modernized' Ayurveda, the 'export' of Ayurvedic medical lore to Western countries, and the possible 'reimport' of its adapted and reinterpreted contents are covered and prove particularly relevant to contemporary discussion on the integration of complementary and alternative health care.

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