19 minutes | Nov 4th 2020

Chatroom 5: Ayurveda & Science

Season 1, CHATROOM 5 Ayurveda & Science Can the great divide between traditional and allopathic medicines ever be bridged? We talk with Annamma Spudich, a cell and molecular biologist who has also studied Indian medical systems for years. This blend informs her unique perspectives, from the efficacy of black pepper at the molecular level to a folk practitioner whose prescription includes a medicinal plant collected by a naked man. Time Markers (mins: sec) 0:24 Benefits of daily spices decoction 1:28 Annamma’s unique background 2:37 Childhood surrounded by traditional practices 3:22 “Pepper water” for a minor cold 4:26 Black pepper at the molecular level 5:15 Oil bath for aches and pains 6:19 50 medicines derived from plants 6:44 Outcome-based studies of natural remedies 7:05 Traditional remedies for chronic conditions 7:56 Factions of medical systems 9:28 Outcome is wellness 10:15 Molecular methods of measuring wellness 11:07 Plant extract has many compounds 12:02 Traditional medicine very different from classical methods 13:24 Visiting Kerala ashtavaidya 15:14 Visiting folk medical practitioner 16:08 The plant to be collected by a naked man Guests Annamma Spudich Resources Transcript Reading Suggestions Share Episode Twitter Facebook WhatsApp  Sign up for updates   EMAIL Reading List Spudich, Annamma & Menon, Indudharan. (2014). On the integration of Ayurveda and biomedicine: Perspectives generated from interviews with Ashtavaidya Ayurveda physicians of Kerala. Current science. 106. 1500-1504.   The Indian Spice Trade: In Search for Knowledge and Riches https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/the-indian-spice-trade-in-search-for-knowledge-and-riches%C2%A0/eQLii3aIo8xmKA
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