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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 141-146

Prakriti -based medicine: A step towards personalized medicine


1 Faculty, Department of Biochemistry, Shree M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, India
2 Faculty, Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India

Correspondence Address:
Bijoya Chatterjee
Department of Biochemisry, Shree M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar - 361 008
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.92539

PMID: 22408293

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The concept of personalized medicine has been around for as long as people have been practicing medicine. From Charaka to Hippocrates, all have practiced the personalized approach for treating a disease. In the 21 st century, personalized medicine is all about DNA. Whereas the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and epigenetic factors influence drug response and form the basis of personalized medicine, the tridosha theory forms the basis of Prakriti-based medicine. It is well established by now that western allopathic medicine is excellent in handling acute medical crises, whereas Ayurveda has successfully demonstrated an ability to manage chronic disorders that Western medicine has been unable to cure. With effective integration of 'omics' Prakriti-based medicine can play a vital role in this changing scenario of global health wisdom as Ayurveda offers its modalities by way of ahara (diet), vihara (lifestyle), and aushadhi (medication), which are the three pillars of prakriti-based medicine making it a holistic science. Prakriti-based medicine and other traditional medicine systems have the potential to offer remedies to the challenging health issues like adverse drug reactions, drug withdrawals, and economic disparities among few. An integrative global approach could do wonders to health sciences benefiting a broad spectrum of patients.


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