alexa Research in Unani Medicine: Challenges and Way Forward
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Research in Unani Medicine: Challenges and Way Forward

Malik Itrat*

Department of Tahaffuzi Wa Samaji Tib, National Institute of Unani Medicine, Bangalore, India

*Corresponding Author:
Malik Itrat, Lecturer
Department of Tahaffuzi Wa Samaji Tib
National Institute of Unani Medicine
Bangalore, India
Tel: 917411602926
Email: [email protected]

Received date: December 14, 2015 Accepted date: February 12, 2016 Published date: February 20, 2016

Citation: Itrat M (2016) Research in Unani Medicine: Challenges and Way Forward. Altern Integr Med 5:211. doi:10.4172/2327-5162.1000211

Copyright: © 2016 Itrat M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited



Unani system of medicine is one of the oldest systems of medicine and existence of this system till now itself is an evidence of validity of its principles. However, the essence of any science is progress based on a continuous quest for new knowledge through research, development and newer applications. Unani medicine too should not be exception to this. With the same objective, Government of India established a Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine to develop this system in its own theoretical framework. But researches undertaken to revive the system have not been very rewarding except for the translations of some classical texts; which at least made the literature accessible to academicians and researchers. The past as well as the current trends have failed to reap desired results primarily due to use of inappropriate protocol designs for scientific research. Ironically, ongoing research is in line of modern medicine protocol without taking into consideration, the contrasting epistemology and principles of the systems. Thus, there is a need for a paradigm shift in the research methodology for evaluating Unani medicine. In this article, author advocates the need to adopt epistemologically sensitive methods to evaluate the Unani system of medicine.


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