Health traditions of the indian culture

The issue here is not about lack of education, because articulate, well-educated people can still express preferences for traditional over modern forms of medicine; nor is it about prioritising one system of medicine over another.

Healers typically do not demand monetary compensation for consultation— they accept whatever is given to them.

western health care beliefs and practices

The public system seeks to make healthcare accessible to all sectors of the population and it was structured with this in mind. While these works set the norms for the future of Ayurveda, other works, some specializing in particular branches of medicine were also composed during this period.

Post-Vedic Period The Sanskrit-speaking Vedic Aryan influence eventually spread eastward from the Punjab and Doab region towards the Middle Gangetic plains, which had its own socio-cultural and linguistic context.

indian beliefs

Further, Adivasi healers are rarely antagonistic towards hospital care. Recent archaeo-botanical excavations give evidence for the use in the Middle Gangetic region of medicinal plants since the 2nd millennium BCE that are still used by Ayurvedic physicians and folk healers 1. She experiences a number of problems and has no recollection of episodes involving 'possession and dissociative trance'; eventually a decision is made to consult the local religious healer, whom the family has been seeing for generations.

cultural factors affecting health in india
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Chapter 2: Health Beliefs and Practices