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Traditional medicine encompasses the healing knowledge, skills and practices used by a variety of cultures and groups.

Examples of traditional medicine include herbal medicine; acupuncture; Tui Na — a type of massage originating in China; Ayurveda — an ancient system of promoting health through diet, exercise and lifestyle from India; and Unani — another ancient system of health from South Asia balancing key aspects of the mind, body and spirit.

In recognizing that traditional medicine and other alternative forms of healing are critical sources of health care for many people worldwide, the World Health Organization and the government of India co-hosted their first-ever Traditional Medicine Summit.

Professor of Epidemiology Paul D. Terry from UT’s Graduate School of Medicine and Professor of Nutrition Ling Zhao provide insight on some of the outcomes of the WHO summit that took place in August in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Read the full article at The Conversation.

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