Building Bridges Between Ayurveda And Modern Science

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Looking for accurate and understandable information within the context of the current technological environment is overwhelming given the amount of data available on any given subject. In particular, navigating “scholarly” information can be a major dilemma for the layperson. Indeed, not all information is created equally, nor should all information be considered accurate simply because it is “scholarly”. As publication standards drop, and as journals start out, non- exemplary publications can slip by even in the most assumed scholarly of journals thus, muddling the pool of scholarly information that is available. To help clarify the issue with navigating quality information, I attempted to find information on the following question: How do …show more content…
This article was published in the International Journal of Ayurvedic medicine, which describes itself as “An international peer reviewed online open access journal. It is intended for the publication of original research articles in the field of Ayurveda and other allied systems of medicine.” It is a realtivley small jorunal only publishing four issues a year, it also reports that all of its articles are reviewed by at least one peer revieewer. The author, Sanjeev Rastogi is an associate professor at State Ayurvedic College in Lucknow India. He posses a diploma in yoga, a certification in acupuncture from China, a post graduate diploma in health and hospital management from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), and an entitlement for green health care (GHC) leadership from Teleosis institute. From just this information I would say that the author is indeed a credible source for information about Ayurvedic and alternative medicine, but he also looses some of his credibility because of his various other degrees in complimentary medicines. While he is knowledgeable about a variety of alternative medicines, acupuncture and Ayurveda are very different in terms of conceptions of the body as well as healing modalities. One’s credentials do not equate to clear, and reliable information. Indeed this is the case of Rastogi’s article, …show more content…
The article was published by the Hindawi Publishing Corporation, in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The primary author is Antonio Morandi, who is the Director of Ayurvedic Point in Milan, Italy. He is also the president of the Ayurvedic Medical Association of Italy. He serves on the board of many scientific associations throughout Europe for Ayurveda and Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He also created the only Ayurvedic training program for MD’s in Europe, again, another highly credible expert on Ayurveda. While this article was much easier to understand then Rastogi’s article, and its organization more logical and clear, this article again failed to help do what its title claims it will: display a link between Ayurveda and modern health science. The article spends 5 of its 8 pages exploring the philosophical explanation of Ayurveda, rather than discussing potential western biomedical research that helps support or reject Ayurveda through a western cultural perspective. While here studies are referenced more directly than Rasotgi’s article, the amount of studies mentioned is again quite low. Ultimatley, Rasotgi mentions two studies: one showing a

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