In May this year, Indian Medical Association officials filed a police complaint against yoga guru Baba Ramdev for making defamatory statements about allopathic doctors. Just a few months before that, the association was protesting against a Central government notification allowing Ayurveda postgraduates to conduct some surgical procedures. In the meanwhile, the government has been promoting traditional medicine products, including Coronil for immunity against COVID-19 for which there is no evidence.
Traditional medicine, be it Ayurveda or Homeopathy, is very popular in India. In this episode, Suno India’s Padmapriya DVL and Menaka Rao report on the various aspects related to the debate related to traditional medicine, from the safety of drugs to the legitimacy of these traditional forms of medicine.
This episode features Dr Ritu Priya Mehrotra, professor at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, Dr Sanjay Nagral, a Mumbai-based gastrointestinal and liver surgeon and on the editorial board of Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, and Dr Cyriac Abby Philips, a Kochi-based hepatologist who has been revealing how unregulated traditional medicines are causing liver injuries in people.
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