Allopathy Plus – Integrative medicine is well worth researching

Source: The post is based on the article “Allopathy Plus – Integrative medicine is well worth researching” published in The Times of India on 20th May 2023.

Syllabus: GS – 2: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health.

Relevance: About attaining integrative health.

News: Recently, the Indian Council of Medical Research and GoI’s AYUSH ministry signed an MoU to promote and collaborate on integrative health research.

About integrated systems of medicine, government initiatives and advantages

Must read: Integrated system of medicine: Need and significance – Explained, pointwise

What are the challenges in attaining integrative health?

Different school of thought: Integrating allopathy with alternative approaches (AYUSH) under the banner of integrative medicine has a long history. But despite that, there are significant differences in the underlying approach to treatment. This is because a) the practitioners of the modern medicine system rest on standardisation, b) The importance of randomised controlled trials in allopathy to establish the safety and efficacy of treatments. Other therapies don’t easily allow themselves to these RCTs.

What needs to be done to attain integrative health?

India should carry out more research in various fields. The regulatory authorities should curb misinformation on efficacy and risks.

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