India: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Practices

Explore and experience India’s traditional medicine systems in the context of rapid economic growth and health policy reform

offered by SIT Study Abroad

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Please visit our website for more information Explore how an ancient civilization maintains vibrant traditional medicine and healthcare systems while experiencing very high economic growth and modernization. This program examines many of the social, economic, cultural, and legal paradigms that provide a context for healthcare service delivery among diverse groups in India. Students consider how policy and practice link together to either support or hinder specific health systems, and how uneven access to modern healthcare may affect the sustainability of traditional systems.  The program’s major topics of study are as follows: Ayurveda in philosophy and its practical applications as a healing system  Yoga as preventative and curative medicine  Indigenous health systems in rural communities in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh  The Himalayas as a repository of medicinal herbs Students consider how other issues, including climate change, globalization, and India’s modern development agenda, may be impacting health services and healthcare access across the country.  By visiting Himalayan locations — home to some of India’s rich botanical natural resources — students learn how environment and healthcare are linked at state and local levels. Site visits may include visiting diverse health and healing centers such as:  Nature Cure and Yoga Center Ashram hospitals Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute  Himalayan Research Institute of Yoga and Naturopathy in Kayakalp Program lecturers will be drawn from institutions such as: Health Action International – Asia-Pacific Himalayan Institute of Medical Science Hamdard Unani Medical College, Hamdard University, New Delhi Himalayan Research Institute of Yoga and Naturopathy, Palampur Men-Tsee-Khang Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, Dharamsala


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