ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: FUNDAMENTALS OF AYURVEDIC RESEARCH METHODOLOGY WITH ITS NEED, SCOPE AND FUTURE CHALLENGES: A REVIEW
Article Category: Review articles
Author: Avidha D. Singh *
Abstract: Ayurveda, the ancient system of medicine, whose antiquity goes back to Veda has a divine origin and has thrived since time immemorial basically due to its strong, scientific and undeniable fundamental principles. Ayurveda mainly aims at removing the root cause of the disease rather suppressing the symptoms and to find the root cause of a disease, Acharyas espoused the fourfold tools of examination or investigation referred to as Pramana. These methods employed in Ayurveda have to be illustrated and elaborated with the tools that augment its utility and efficacy in the contemporary medical science. The future prospects of Research in Ayurveda depend on the knowledge of the skills and scientific reasoning which relies on the outcome of fundamental research in Ayurveda that aims to refurbish the traditional approach still enduring in the realm of the basic principles and studying them with the scientific approach based on the objective parameters. The aim of basic research in Ayurveda is exploration and development of scientific concepts and theories mentioned in the classics with the necessary amendments made wherever desired, keeping the fundamental principles intact. Thus, the challenge is to make Ayurveda in parlance with the contemporary progressive sciences through systematic research activity.
Keyword: Research, Ayurveda, Pramana,