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What you mean as "Traditional Medicine" ?

Traditional medicine (also known as indigenous medicine) comprises medical knowledge systems that developed over generations within various societies before the era of modern medicine. Practices known as traditional medicines include herbal, Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, Unani, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and other medical knowledge and practices all over the globe.

World Health Organization (WHO) defines traditional medicine as:

The health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal and mineral-based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises, applied singularly or in combination to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses or maintain well-being.

Some Asian and African countries up to 80% of the population relies on traditional medicine for their primary health care needs. When adopted outside of its traditional culture, traditional medicine is often called complimentary and alternative medicine.

What is Guru - Shishya Parampara?

The guru-shishya parampara is a hallowed tradition in Hinduism. Other religious groups in India have adapted it into different forms that fall within their religious ideology and framework such as Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Typically, a guru does not receive fees from a shishyas studying with him. At the end of his studies, a shishya offers the guru dakshina before leaving the ashram. The gurudakshina is a traditional gesture of acknowledgment, respect and thanks, which may be monetary, but may also be a special task the teacher wants the student to accomplish.

By the colonial era the gurukul system was almost dead in India excepting in a few remote regions. An exception was Kerala where the warrior and their own military gurukulas called Kalaris. In Siddha and Marma training also conducted through the same way. So the Traditional Physician can create miraculous result in treatment than just a University trained physician.

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