RE: iitb conducting research on homeopathy & ayurveda
(01-02-2011 10:44 PM)eolgon Wrote: the quackery that is ayurveda reasearch from iitb is the same as their homeopathy stuff. page1 page2
They start with a baseless assumption - that ayurvedic texts contain the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth:
Quote:There are descriptions in Ayurveda of experiments in Kayakalpa i.e. a total reversing of the ageing processes. Vruksha-ayurveda describes experiments on how to grow red, blue or yellow cotton which implies an ability to regulate genes for colour producing metabolites.
They make no attempt to separate fact from fantasy.
And then they want to reinvent the wheel:
Quote:This will require the development of a breakthrough process technology which will reduce the therapeutic dose by a factor of at least 100 or more. The medicines must also be fast acting, suitable for acute problems, and must work on major emerging health problems (diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's). In addition, systematic work needs to be done to establish chemical quality criteria for raw materials and finished drugs. Finally, there is an urgent need to develop a wide range of bioassays to assess the toxicity and efficacy of multi-herbal and herbo-mineral formulations.
There already is a process, called science-based-medicine, which does that.
And of course, the obligatory rant on "allopathy":
Quote:Modern medicine places greater emphasis on the curative over the preventive, and allopathic medicines do have specific performance problems. Apart from drug resistance, side effects and efficacy, major issues are cost and national capability�a fact that becomes significant in today's patent regime. This is something which should be of concern in designing an effective and affordable healthcare policy in a country like ours.
It is true that the healthcare system in India has a lot of problems, the biggest being the lack of accountability. But woo-based-medicine is not the solution for that. Policy change is.