Naturopathy in South India – Clinics between Professionalization and Empowerment, Eva Jansen offers a rich ethnographic account of current naturopathic thinking and practices, and examines its complex history, multiple interpretations, and antagonisms. This book presents two major forms of Naturopathy in contemporary South India: On one side, a scientific, professional branch models themselves after allopathic practitioners. On the other side, a group of ideologists uses an approach to patient treatment that is grounded in the principles of simplicity, transparency, a critique of globalization, and a focus on patient empowerment. Jansen discusses the current political and medical clash between Naturopaths in South India from the perspectives of practitioners, employees, the media and patients.
Eva Jansen, PhD (2016, University of Munich) is an anthropologist whose research focuses on complementary and alternative medicine, migration, transcultural psychiatry and psychology in both India and Europe. She is currently a Fritz-Thyssen Postdoctoral Fellow carrying out research on cancer in Germany.
This book is relevant for all those interested in medicine and non-biomedical systems in India, especially in the Social Science fields of anthropology, sociology and South Asian Studies.