Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Comparative Overview Bhushan Patwardhan1,*, Dnyaneshwar Warude1, P. Pushpangadan2 and Narendra Bhatt3
1Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Pune Pune 411 007, India, 2National Botanical Research Institute Lucknow 226 001, India, and 3Zandu Pharmaceutical Ltd Mumbai 400 025, India
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.
Keywords: Ayurveda – Chinese medicine – complementary and alternative medicine – traditional medicine
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