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Context of this Module: 

  • Global resurgence of the idea of medical pluralism. Around 40% of population is seeking health in a pluralistic way and is well accepted among lay people both in the developed world and the developing countries.
  • Recognition of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) both in academic and legal systems in the developed world 
  • Public institutions have been slow to respond to public demand for pluralism
  • Different systems have their own inherent strengths and this need to be appreciated and encouraged in a balanced way
  • Integration of medical systems is a long way ahead, first step is to create mutual respect and understanding that could subsequently lead to collaborative research
  • Collaborative research would further deepen the mutual understanding and integrated medical management approache