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  Introduction to Traditional Medicine, India  
  "This was an amazing opportunity to learn about medical practices outside of the U.S. and outside of allopathic practices."
-Brady Hanson, August 2009 (MS-1 Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience)


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  • Traditional medicine is used by 80% of people living in developing countries who often cannot pay for modern medicine.
  • In India, there are approximately 58 physicians for every 100,000 people.
  • Communicable diseases account for about 38% of the disease burden with large variations across states. 

The Introduction to Traditional Medicine program gives students the opportunity to learn about the traditional and indigenous systems of medicine in India. Participants will study the philosophies behind Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, and Reiki. In addition to learning about traditional medicine, students will observe how these practices may interact with Allopathic or Western methods and gain an understanding of the importance of cross-cultural competency in diagnosing patients who may be receiving a combination of modern and traditional treatments.

Students will travel through three locations during the duration of the program. Two weeks will be spent in the capital city of Dehra Dun and one week in the hill town of Rishikesh. The last week will be spent in Patti, a rural village. Traveling through multiple towns means that students will be able to experience a variety of sites in their clinical rotations, from a primary care clinic in a rural village to the tertiary care hospital run by the state government. Students will gain first-hand experience in methods of diagnosis and treatment as they work with clinical practitioners who use Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Homeopathy and Allopathy. Clinical immersion will be supplemented with daily yoga classes and lectures and workshops on traditional medicine.

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Make sure to review the bulleted sections found on the right side of this page for important Program Details such as logistics and program structure, Program Fees, etc. Read Why CFHI to find out more about CFHI program objectives. For stories and photos from students who participated in the Introduction to Traditional Medicine, India program, see What Alumni Say. If you would like to speak to alumni of this program via email, contact alumni@cfhi.org for more information.

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