Indian medical indigeneity: from nationalist assertion to the global market

  title={Indian medical indigeneity: from nationalist assertion to the global market},
  author={David Hardiman},
  journal={Social History},
  pages={263 - 283}
The Indian system of healing known as Ayurveda is today popularly projected as a holistic form of healing that works on the mind, body and spirit. It is also said to be extremely ancient, with a knowledge rooted in successful practice that has continued largely unchanged for millennia. The article seeks to understand how a ‘traditional’ form of healing that is associated with Indian civilisation came to occupy such an epistemic space. The related practice of Unani Tibb (a practice that was… 
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