Integrating different systems of medicine
We all know that the alternative practices of medicine have their strong points and weaknesses.
I work in a multispeciality hospital with a wing for alternative medicine.Due to a good interaction with the doctors of alternative medicine,we know where they can help us out and refer patients to them accordingly.Either because of lack of complete knowledge in the respective alternative therapies or the tendency of some of their physicians to keep the knowledge to themselves, rather than teaching it to their students, the results of these therapies overall have not been good, due to which they are not popular in the world.Instead of having separate BAMS/BHMS/BUMS courses and courses for acupuncture/acupressure....why not have these as diploma courses post MBBS.Just as people specialise in paediatrics or orthopaedics post MBBS,they would specialise in ayurved/homeopathy.This way these departments would be an integral part of all medical college hospitals and the students during their study period and internship would learn which patients to be best referred to these specialities, just as they know whom to refer to neurology or cardiology.Also Yoga departments would run in parallel and complementary to physiotherapy department under public health and preventive medicine sections.
A lot of unnecessary energy is being spent in promoting AYUSH as a separate entity competing with allopathy.Integrating it with allopathy would standardise things and increase acceptability.this would also promote randomised control trials and case reports of these specialities being published in standard journals with high impact factors and promote these specialities on the basis of evidence based medicine.If Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Oncology can be branches of allopathic medicine where in radioactivity is used for diagnosis and therapeutics , why not these branches,afterall anatomy , physiology, pathology and microbiology, the basic sciences remain the same.If Swami Dayanand Saraswati could teach the vedas in English, why cant alternative medicines be taught as part of allopathy? more