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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2 (2005), Issue 4, Pages 465-473
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ecam/neh140
Review

Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Comparative Overview

1Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Pune, Pune 411 007, India
2National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow 226 001, India
3Zandu Pharmaceutical Ltd, Mumbai 400 025, India

Received 13 June 2005; Accepted 7 October 2005

Copyright © 2005 Bhushan Patwardhan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

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.