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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 151435, 6 pages
Review Article

Sustainable Traditional Medicine: Taking the Inspirations from Ancient Veterinary Science

1State Ayurvedic College & Hospital, India
2Department of Holistic Medicine, BMCRC, Vatsala Hospital, Tulsi Das Marg, Lucknow, India
3Veterinary Teaching Hospital, IAAS, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal

Received 4 March 2008; Accepted 10 October 2008

Copyright © 2011 Sanjeev Rastogi and Krishna Kaphle. 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.


Rapid reduction in natural resources as a consequence to the expanded urbanization, global warming and reduced natural habitat posed a considerable threat to the sustainability of traditional medicine. Being completely dependent upon natural resources like herbs, minerals and animal products, traditional medicine would possibly rank first in order of extinction of heritage if an alternative way is not considered well in time. In reference to the use of animal products, Ayurveda presents some unique examples where animals are used without causing harm to them and so without posing a threat to their existence. In the current context, when natural resources are facing a threat to their existence, a revisit to these ideas may give us a new insight to refine our look at natural resources used in traditional medicine.