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International Journal for Ayurveda Research

In my current view, Ayurveda is not scientific in any meaningful way.

My next job is to check if ANY Ayurvedic medicine passes a minimal scientific test of efficacy.

To check this I started looking for information and came upon this article.

It is one more of those absurd articles that seem to be getting published somewhere. Turns out this one, too, is being published by an Indian "scientific" journal. We've already seen the rubbish being churned out by the “Indian Journal of Science and Technology”.

This "journal" (International Journal for Ayurveda Research) is also published by India- by the Government of India.

I'm very sceptical about the authenticity of this enterprise given the first article I've read from this journal, but I'll explore further and get back.

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  1. Anamay

    Dear Mr. Sanjeevji,
    Please keep in mind that the ‘science’ which you are referring to is the one which the Western world has taught us. So it is very difficult to prove anything in Ayurveda on the basis of this science. Our science is the one in the Vedas. And it is far far advanced as compared to modern science or medicine for that matter. I am surprised of your view considering that, now, Ayurveda is very popular even in the West(in India, it is there since thousands of years.)
    Just drifting away from the point, now even the western world has started to accept that our so-called ‘blind beliefs’ like upvas etc. are based on sound and high-level principles of science. Also, our lunar calendar is the most scientific.

  2. Sanjeev Sabhlok


    The evidence-based search for causes is known as science. Medicine, per se, is NOT science. It is the underlying reasoning behind it that is science.

    Sometimes a medicine can cure people without knowing why it has cured someone. That is a useful fact but NOT science. Science is the explanation of why the medicine actually cured someone.

    Ayurveda is essentially an APPLIED “science” in that it aims to cure people’s diseases. It has to be tested at two levels:

    a) BASIC (unscientific) – whether its medicines actually cure people

    b) Scientific – whether it knows why the medicine actually cures people (i.e. identification of specific interactions at the cellular or physical level).

    My view is that Ayurveda has yet to prove even (a), ie. its medicines actually cure people beyond the usual placebo level. Only after (a) is known can we talk about (b).

    Instead of proving (a) most people are busy explaining to me ayurveda’s theory of how medicines work. That theory is very weak and not worth wasting time on. It MAY be considered after (a) is proven. 

    My focus will primarily be on (a). Only after I am satisfied that ayurveda cures at a level that’s much higher than random chance, will I entertain the study of (b).


  3. Dr K S Nnadalal

    Hi Mr Snjiveev Ji
    I agree 100% with your opinion. Ayurvedic medicine lac an evidence based system. It is a major setback when viewed by the scientific world.
    I think the reasons are two, (i) the existing system of education in Ayurveda, (ii) No body taking a real interest in such things, like a non profitable agency which really wish to take up this job or to coordinate has to be developed.
    The pharmacopoeia, medicines, therapies and theory are excellent, but has to be established correctly according to the scientific way.

    Also, there are things that has to be excluded, that also should be done.


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