Ayurvedic medicine (Ayurveda) is a “Traditional Hindu alternative medicine, involving balancing three bodily humours of wind, bile, and phlegm” . In other words, it is medicine based on superstition and not science.
I realize some are applying scientific methods to the study of Ayurveda, but it is still quackery.
One of the motives of the open-access movement is to make scientific research available to everyone, including the lay public. But because the lay public lacks the credentials to distinguish authentic science from pseudo-science, this open-access availability will lead to the ignorant hurting themselves and others.
If my doctor were to read and apply the articles in the journals below, I would dump him and get a new primary care physician. Political correctness prevents many in the West from speaking out against superstition-based pseudo-science for fear they might offend someone.
Selected list of questionable Ayurvedic journals:
- Ayurvedic Medicine
- Ayupharm: International Journal of Ayurveda and Allied Sciences
- Homeopathy & Ayurvedic Medicine Open Access
- International Ayurvedic Medical Journal
- International Journal of Advanced Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy
- International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharma Research
- International Journal of Ayurvedic and Herbal Medicine
- International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy (ISSN 2229-3566)
- International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy (ISSN 2277-4343)
- Journal of AYUSH:-Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy
I am not the only one to question the authenticity of Ayurvedic medicine. Here is some of what others have said:
“Meditation is also a significant therapy in Ayurveda. But except for the benefits of relaxation, there is no scientific evidence to support any of the many astounding claims made on behalf of Ayurvedic medicine” .
“At worst, Ayurveda is a multibillion-dollar business of sham cures based on astrology, gem healing, psychic healing, mantras, and the faulty science of bodily humors, spun through either fraud or naiveté” .
“Nevertheless we can be fooled when a set of ideas is presented in a scientific way, even though it does not bear scrutiny. These pseudoscientific theories may be based upon authority rather than empirical observation, … concern the unobservable, … confuse metaphysical with empirical claims (e.g. acupuncture, cellular memory, reiki, therapeutic touch, Ayurvedic medicine), or even maintain views that contradict known scientific laws (e.g. homeopathy)” .Open-access is blurring the demarcation between pseudo-science and authentic science.
. Carroll, Robert (2003). The skeptic’s dictionary: A collection of strange beliefs, amusing deceptions, and dangerous delusions. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. (p. 47).
. Wanjek, Christopher. (2003). Bad medicine: misconceptions and misuses revealed, from distance healing to vitamin O. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. (p. 168).
. Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry. (2013). 3rd ed. David Semple, Roger Smyth (Eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. (p. 20).
आयुर्वॆद = Ayurveda