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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 107-109

Concept of bioethics in ayurveda

Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Sadhana Durgaprasad Misar Wajpeyi
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DOI: 10.4103/jdmimsu.jdmimsu_204_19

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Medical Ethics is the branch of ethics that deals with moral issues in medical practice. Bioethics deals with ethical issues in health profession, medicine and science. Bioethics and its application are practiced from ancient period. The awareness of ethics helps health professionals to recognize difficult conditions and to deal with them in a proper way. The main aim was to study the concepts of ethics given in classics of Ayurveda as well as in conventional medicine. By reviewing the literature of Ayurveda and conventional medicine. There are four basic principles of bioethics namely autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice which are known as “Principlism”. Originally, Ayurveda has advocated an ethical code of conduct in various aspects. This paper mainly focus on studying universally accepted principles of bioethics along with bioethics described in Ayurveda. It was observed that Ethical code of conduct is elaborately and very clearly defined and described in classics of Ayurveda in the form of Sadvritta, Chatushpada, Yogya, Vaidyavritti, Aachara Rasayana, Nidanparivarjana and Pathyapathya. Hence, Ayurveda should be considered as a pioneer in setting up the basics of bioethics. Medical ethics is a fundamental part of Ayurveda and its inclusion in medical teaching and in day to day practice will definitely pave way to excellent results.

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