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Saturday, September 22, 2012




Raja Ramdeo Anandilal Podar
AYURVEDA CANCER RESEARCH INSTITUTE, MUMBAI

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Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS),
Department of AYUSH,
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,
Government of India



R.R.A Podar Ayurveda Cancer Research Institute (CCRAS) earlier known as Central Research Institute is situated in Podar Medical campus was established at the end of Dec. 1986.  This institute has been maintaining its status as Central Research Institute for Ayurveda in the region and undergoing through continuous process of up gradation as per requirements such as establishment of Ksharsutra and Ano-rectal diseases clinic with facilities of preparation & storage of Ksharsutra & establishment of Panchakarma therapy centre for the treatment of Vatavyadhis & Geriatric Health problems, in the field of Research in Ayurveda.
Ongoing Research Projects:-
1. Implementation of WHO guidelines for Pharmaco-vigilance system for Traditional medicine
2. National Campaign on Anaemia Control Programme through Ayurveda
3. Implementation of Integrated Clinical Decision Support System (ICDSS)-EHR (Electronic Health Records)
Completed Research Projects in 2011-12
1.      Clinical evaluation of Laksha Guggulu & Mukta Shukti Pishti in the  management of  Osteoporosis/ Osteopenia
2.      Clinical evaluation of Rasayana effect of Ashwagandhadi Lehya in apparently healthy elderly persons
Collaborations with various Institutes of Mumbai
*      Department of PSM, SGS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Parel, Mumbai 
*      Medical Research Centre, Kasturba Health Society, Mumbai
Completed Collaborative Projects
1.      Screening of herbal drugs for potential anti-cancer activity in collaboration with Advanced Centre for Training Research Education in Cancer (TMC), Kharghar, Navi Mumbai
2.      “Safety & efficacy studies of CARDIOAYUSH for its effect  on Cardiovascular system” with Dept. Pharmacology, Institute of Chemical Technology (UDCT), University of  Mumbai
3.      “Safety toxicity studies of Ayurvedic Bhasmas” with Dept.  Of  Pharmacology & Toxicology , Veterinary College, Mumbai

The institute have following services at nominal charges -
*      Out Patient Department
*      Cancer OPD
*      Geriatric OPD
*      In Patient Department (50 beds)
*      Panchakarma Department
*      Ksharasutra Department
*      Physiotherapy Department
*      Pathology Laboratory
*      ECG
*      Reference Library 








Out Patient Department (OPD)
OPD functions on all working days except 2nd Saturday from 8.00 am to 12.30 pm to provide Ayurvedic treatment for  various diseases.

Weekdays
Consultant
 Diseases
Monday & Thursday
Dr. Manohar Gundeti
Cancer & General disorders
Tuesday & Friday
Dr. R. Govind Reddy
Ano-rectal diseases, Sexual disorders, Geriatric diseases, Infertility
Wednesday & Saturday
Dr. Sneha Marlewar
Infertility, Menstrual disorders, Beauty care treatment

Charges- One time registration charges . 5.00 for every financial year (except from BPL card holders & Senior citizens- above age 60 years)
Ayurvedic medicines are dispensing at Free of cost.

In Patient Department (IPD)
This department has two separate general wards for male & female patients.
Charges
Admission fee - 10.00
Per day charges - 25.00 (including Bed &   
                                        Diet charges)
70% concession will be provided on IPD, Panchakarma, Laboratory & Physiotherapy
other medicine as previous charges to BPL card holders & Senior citizens.

Panchakarma Department
All panchakarma interventions being provided to OPD & IPD patients in Male & Female panchakarma department with nominal charges.


     






Scientists

Name
Qualification
Designation
Dr. R. Govind Reddy
M.D (Ayu), D.P.H., Ph.D,
R.O. (Scientist-2) Incharge
Dr. Manohar Saheb Gundeti
M.D (Ayu), (Ph.D) (PGD-Epidemiology)
R.O. (Ayu.)
Dr. Sneha Marlewar
M.D (Ayu)
R.O. (Ayu.)
Dr. Brijesh Singh Sisodia
MSc (Biochem), PhD
R. O. (Bio-chem)

Contact Details
Dr. R. Govind Reddy
Research Officer (Scientist-2) Incharge,
R.R.A. Podar Ayurved Cancer Research Institute, Podar Medical Campus,
Dr. A. B. Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 018
Phone - 022 24947259 (O),
               022 24947822 (Telefax)
Email id: acri.mumbai@gmail.com



For utmost intellectual performance…
Dr. Santosh Jalukar (santoshjalukar@rediffmail.com) Phone: 9969 106 404

Abstract: Grasping, storing and recall are the 3 functions of the brain contributing to intellectual excellence. Nasal medication has immediate access to the brain cells as it bypasses the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB). It is therefore very important to utilise this path for several brain related disorders. This article highlights the aspect in scientific manner. Besides this, many other day-to-day activities like exercise, diet, sleep, meditation, prayers also have immense impact on memory. It is interesting to understand and follow them for achieving utmost intellectual performance.

It is true that “intellectual strength is more important than just physical strength”. This is all time true statement. For significant achievement in any field, Intellectual performance is rather most important tool and there could be hardly anybody who will disagree to this. Every parent dreams about best scoring of their child in academics in all the fields. There are end numbers of products available in the market today claiming such therapeutic benefits and also new products are coming up every other day. It creates confusion amongst consumers as to which products are genuine and which are not. The advertisements are also rivalling and hence it is essential to identify the appropriate one. Besides this, what are the other treatment options, what are the correct doses, how these formulations work, how is the knowledge stored, how does the recall process work, what diet is good for nourishing the activity of brain, importance of diet, importance of prayers, significance of exercise and rest? Here you will find answers to all such questions and their scientific basis.
Three steps: While during common cold, blockage of olfactory nerve there is a total loss of sensation of smell. This is very common example experienced by most of the people. Similarly, if there is any kind of blockage in the optic nerve, the sensation of visual experience will be blocked; auditory nerve will result in impaired listening etc. For acquiring the knowledge, the body uses 5 sense organs. Ears, Skin, Eyes, Tongue and Nose are collectively called sense organs. The sensations experienced by these sense organs are transmitted to the brain. The sensory nerves conduct messages through chemical transmission and then they are stored in the brain. Unless the knowledge is stored properly, one can not use it at any point of time. To explain this concept, I wish to give one example. An infant, who is deaf since birth, remains dumb throughout the life. His vocal organs may be absolutely normal despite he could not process the knowledge of speaking which is essentially linked with hearing. Hence he or she will never know “what word is and how to pronounce it”. The prerequisite for uninterrupted transmission of these senses is to have the healthy state of the nerves and also they should be properly lubricated. The myelin sheath of nerves is made of about 80% lipid and about 20% protein. Therefore it is essential to maintain the lubrication by way of providing adequate unctuous vehicle. Proper lubrication to the sense organs help to improve the oxygenated blood supply and thereby help to establish the physiological functioning of specific sense organ. Applying a drop of oil or any other lubricant to finger facilitates inserting the odd-sized ring easily. This is an easy example to understand the importance in relation to the grasping ability of the sense organs. Oil and ghee are the main natural lubricants available since time immemorial. Ayurveda has described the properties of cow-ghee as follows:
शस्तं धी स्मृति मेधाऽग्नि बलायुः शुक्र चक्षुषाम् ....”
It means that cow ghee improves grasping, storing and recall, the three aspects of brain function. It also stimulates appetite, improves quality of life, physical endurance, vigour and eyesight. Nose is the gateway of brain and any product introduced through the nostril has immediate access to the brain tissue. Even modern medicine has identified the potential of this path which bypasses the blood brain barrier and without much efforts, the valuable drug can be made bio-available in plasma and CSF in just 1.5 minutes. Use of nasal insulin is a well-known example to understand this phenomenon. Recently there is also nasal spray for calcium supplementation. Here is the first step towards improving the grasping capacity of the brain which mentions administration of ghee based product through nostrils. Ayurveda has described this mode of administration 5000 years ago by the name of ‘Nasya’ treatment. Besides cow-ghee, some valuable herbs like saffron help to impart phenomenal antioxidant effects on brain cells. It is scientifically proved and possesses a strong supporting reference. Nose is directly connected to the brain through olfactory apparatus; it is connected to ears through Eustachian tube, to eyes through lachrymal ducts. Therefore nasal treatment helps to restore the physiological functions of all these organs and nourish the brain’s grasping capacity. Ayurveda recommends 4-4 drops in each nostril daily to achieve the said therapeutic benefit. Despite improvement in intellectual competence, unknowingly this treatment imparts lots of other advantages like prevention of recurrent attacks of common cold, arrests hair fall, overcomes fatigue of eyes due to excess-reading, combats burning of eyes, protects occasional blocking of ears, protects vision defects etc. The ideal time to administer these nasal drops is early morning or late evening after the sun-set. One should lie-down for 5 minutes afterwards. Rarely the feeling of the drops coming into throat is noticed which may be ignored or one can have a sip of warm water. This nasal medication helps to speed up the grasping process of knowledge without any difficulty. A readymade preparation by the name of Cleverin nasal drops has been recently developed and approved by the Food and Drug administration which possess multiple therapeutic benefits attributed to grasping of knowledge by empowering the neurotransmission by cleansing and lubricating the sense organs.
Second Step: After grasping, the second step of improving the intellectual process is of increasing the storage capacity. The knowledge acquired has to be stored properly which can be utilised later as and when required. It is scientifically proved that the active constituents from herbs like Brahmi, Shankhapushpi, Shatavari, Ashwagandha helps in improving the intellectual performance by different mode of action. Some help by way of enhancement of protein kinase activity, Increase in protein in hippocampus, alleviate stress and help to minimize the release of stress hormone, some have neuro-regenerative activity, some help by improving the oxygenated blood supply to the brain and some prevent oxidative damage by imparting anti-oxidant activity. In short these herbs play a major role to improve the storage capacity of the brain. It is as simple to understand that if more books are ordered in the library, it becomes essential to make additional arrangement of accommodating them by adding number of shelves. Most of the marketed Ayurvedic and herbal formulations work on this principle. The activity starts in about 2 weeks. Nobody can deny the fact that memory related functions can’t be measured like body temperature. Even then their efficacy remains unquestionable as huge amount of data is available across the world and also the safety parameters are well established. The important aspect is to know the quantity of each item in the formulation. If inadequate quantities are consumed, one can not expect the therapeutic benefits in desired time. Besides improvement in intellectual abilities, these herbs also possess several other benefits like improvement in physical endurance, improves hemoglobin level, keep RBC, WBC in right shape, improves the immunity, hair melanin, prevent calcium depletion, and delay ageing process. Besides dosage, it is also important to check the taste of the product as children are very fussy about taste. The herbs are basically bitter in taste but many brands are available which mask the bitterness perfectly and make the product not only palatable but worth loving. Cleverol is one of such approved brands which possess chocolate flavour and acceptable palatability.
The third step: The 3rd and most important step of memory enhancement is the “recall process”. Many factors are responsible for affecting this process. Stress, fear, loud noise, lack of interest, inadequate exercise, wrong diet, weak concentration etc. are some major factors, which should be taken care of during the course of studies. Recently German researchers found they could use specific perfume at night to re-activate new memories in the brains of students during sleep and the volunteers remembered better on the next day. The test conducted showed the 97 % result and the control group performed only 84 %. During the studies, fMRI scan showed that the activity of Hippocampus was stimulated during inhalation of particular odour. Based on this research, a novel product in the form of Dhoop stick is prepared. This Cleveroma stick does not contain strong perfumes but it is composed by Ayurvedic aromatic herbs like Tulsi, Jatamansi etc. which improve the recall function of the brain. Students should light this stick in the bed room where they intend to sleep because the activity of hippocampus is at its best during sleep. 
Prayers have scientific base: Prayers towards God and offering respect to seniors helps to strengthen the brain’s overall performance. This statement can be scientifically proved here. To understand this, we must match up few things together. It is an established fact that cortisol hormone is released due to stress or fear. This is therefore called stress hormone. Cortisol causes serious damage to the brain. Hence in acute and serious situations an individual becomes insane. He or she could not make any logical decision. Second situation when a child is thrown up, he laughs as he enjoys it. The confidence level of the child is to the extent that he is 100% sure about his security. Therefore in a situation where he should be afraid, he rather takes pleasure out of it. The hormone cortisol is not released and the brain remains away from its ill effects. A prayer towards God and offering respect to the seniors gradually builds the confidence level that a person feels enormous support. In olden days, it was a tradition but has a scientific base to offer respect to seniors and pray God before leaving for long journey. As there were no vehicles and even roads, people used to travel in either bullock-cart or ride on horses. Getting food during travel, climatic conditions, and possibility of attack from wild animals were major hurdles and only blessings used to be the moral support. The customs were simply followed but the hidden treasure is now understood by the modern world.
The purpose of lighting candle or oiled light during prayer also has a scientific implication as it plays a role of Tratak (a yogic practice for improving concentration). Lighting of Agarbatti and the aroma helps to improve the blood circulation to hippocampus which plays key role in recall process of the acquired knowledge. There are lots of Mantras to perform during prayers and the aroma helps to rehearse them in proper order and manner.
Importance of regular exercise: How much exercise you do is not important but how regular you perform it is rather more important. A 76 years old man reached the wedding hall slightly late for his own wedding is a fact known to the author. This was because he did not want to compromise with his exercise schedule. No doubt those taking rigorous exercise look well-built but, most of the times, their immunity is not up to mark. Their bones are also brittle and get fracture even with a small trauma. It is also found that such well-built individuals do not have an issue. This is because the optimum nutrition is utilized by the muscular portion and other systems remain under-nourished. Therefore is good to perform little but regular exercise. Apparently such people would not look as attractive in physical built, but their overall physical and intellectual abilities will be far better than a robust individual.
Intellectual exercise: As regular exercise can build good muscle power, same is the case with brain tissue. The more you keep them functioning, their performance will improve to the top. In the course of exercise, the muscular action is repeated in the same sequence many times which tones-up the muscle fibers. The brain also achieves improved ability by repetitively doing the same task. Forgetting is a natural process in living creatures. Man forgets more because his mind is diverted to too many subjects throughout the day. Intellectual performance can be further improved by meditation as it tones up the brain to stick to one subject and not to get diverted. Very few people remember the dreams on the next day. The only reason for this is the moment you get up, you see the watch, then think of the studies, then think of the bank balance, then the medicine to be consumed on empty stomach and so on. There are hundreds of such things that vanish off the experience of dream. Same is the case with studies. Try to focus more and more on the task and nothing other than your commitments. This is nothing but an intellectual exercise.
Some important things about diet: Human digestive system is fabricated by the creator of the universe for consuming vegetables only. If non-veg diet is cherished; make sure that it should not be more than once a week. There is a special recipe described in Ayurveda by the name “Pancha Khadya” which contains following 5 items. Dry dates, Raw dates, Coconut, Poppy seeds and cane sugar. This recipe helps to improve various brain functions and is extremely delicious too. Instead of fast-food, wafers, wada-pav, biscuits etc, this can be a best alternative to schooling children as recess time breakfast.
Tatak: Focusing vision at a particular point like a flame of candle or agarbatti light for 2-3 minutes can help to improve concentration.
Many people ask as how long should the treatment be continued. It is essential to understand that these recommendations should not be considered as treatments. The recommendations are for improving intellectual performance. For better understanding, I always quote one example. Regular exercise is good for health. There are many people who do not perform any exercise at all even then they survive. But ultimately an overall health profile of both such individuals will differ in long term. These recommendations improve mental well being and also physical fitness. It is up to the consumer as how long they wish to be fit and fine.

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Understand the Common Misconceptions about Ayurveda!

As the revival of traditional sciences becomes more popular in the West, there is a lot of confusion about how to position ancient systems of medicine like Ayurveda. Even though it is recognized as a "whole medicine system" by Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), it unfortunately has not yet been represented in a way in which most people can understand it as a science in its own right. With fundamental principles that are structured completely differently from conventional medicine, it works as a versatile, adaptable science that accurately represents the diversity of life.

So the question is - what should we believe?

1. Ayurveda is a spiritual philosophy - not a science
Science is defined as "a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe." Ayurveda meets this definition in all aspects. Theoretically, it elaborates an intricately related system of unchanging universal laws of actions (Karma), properties (Guna), substance (Dravya) and balance (Samanya & Vishesha). Practically, it provides a framework to produce predictable, repeatable results for disease management when applied according to its system.

Unfortunately, many practitioners today sensationalize the spiritual foundations from which Ayurveda draws its theories, resulting in a widespread belief that the system is not scientific. Additionally, when it is treated as a "Complementary" practice and made to conform to the structure of Allopathy, the ability to understand it on its own terms is lost.

2.
Ayurveda takes a long time to work
The time required to treat any disease depends on many factors - particularly the duration and severity of the disease. In acute illnesses like fever, cough and cold or when most diseases are managed correctly in their initial stages, Ayurveda shows results quickly and effectively, and it reinforces the general condition of the body. Common ailments are generally controlled within 24 hours in those who adhere to all aspects of
treatment.

For long-standing illnesses, complete management may require weeks or months using a strict combination of Ayurvedic diet, lifestyle, medicine and treatment to revert the body back to its original condition. Considering that most long-term conditions are present in the body for years or decades, this actually seems quite reasonable.

3. Ayurveda has no side effects
Everything in the world can have side effects, and Ayurveda is no exception. The side effects of Panchakarma (Purification & Detoxification) may be severe, sudden, and even life-threatening. But when practiced carefully and classically under proper guidance, these side effects can be avoided altogether or be managed appropriately with experience.

Even with simple treatments of medicine and diet, mild side effects can occur if deeply embedded toxins are suddenly mobilized in the body, or if the potency of the medicine (Virya) contradicts with the patient's constitution (Prakriti).

4. We should try alternative therapies like Ayurveda only AFTER Allopathy fails
Unfortunately, after many years of typical, symptomatic Allopathic treatment or surgery, many diseases reach a level of chronicity. The effect of long-term prescription medications like steroids completely masks the underlying symptoms of the
disease, alters the body's metabolism and completely distorts the body's natural protective reactions to the disease. Treatment at this stage becomes very challenging in any form, and requires even more enthusiasm from the patient to incorporate diet and lifestyle adjustments.

However, when Ayurveda is consistently used as the first line of treatment, we see excellent results as the treatments and medicines not only eradicate the disease from its root, but also enhance the body's level of health and immunity. This approach should always be coupled with diet and lifestyle adjustments to minimize the body's toxic load and maximize removal of wastes.


by

Dr. Vasuvie Gupta
BAMS, MBA

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Knowledge of Past Medicine of Future- Ayurveda


Expertise Talk with Dr. K. R. Kohli- Director of Ayurveda
           
For his selfless contribution to the AYURVEDIC field, presently Director of Ayurveda Maharashtra is on the go of popularizing and regulating the Traditional Systems of Medicine. He is a renowned face in the field of Ayurvedic Research, teaching and treatment in India. His impeccable organisational skills have changed the dynamics of Ayurvedic proceedings. He has a touch of class, vision, perseverance, moreover leadership.
          He is an exceptionally learned man with an MD in Ayurveda from Banaras Hindu University as well as a doctorate from the Mumbai University. He is a Gold Medalist from University of Jammu. He is highly regarded for his work and knowledge about Ayurveda.
                His special area of interest is Research.  He has conducted clinical studies on herbal preparations for conditions such as diarrhoea, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and on irritable bowel syndrome. He has been the only Researcher to have worked on Diabetic Complications particularly Retinopathy and Neuropathy. He has also been the Investigator for the Indian Council of Medical Research Project on Ksharsootra in Treatment of Fistula in Ano .He has successfully managed four epidemics of hepatitis in Maharashtra State using Ayurvedic drugs.
               He had been a member on the Board of Studies for Kayachikitsa at the BHU, a member of the High Level Committee for Development of Panchakarma in the Government colleges in Maharashtra, a member of the Research Committee at the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, besides being on the advisory/editorial boards of various scientific and industry periodicals.
               He has widely traveled across continents and has been preaching the message of Ayurveda.
He has been a guest speaker at the 3rd International Congress on Phytomedicine held at Munich, Germany, and at the South West Yoga Conference at Austin, USA, 2000. He also has been a part of the Govt. of India delegations to Geneva on 3 occasions to represent Ayurveda on the occasion of World Health Assembly.

An EXPERTISE talks with AYURVEDA TODAY GROUP on the topic Ayurveda – KNOWLEDGE of The Past, MEDICINE of the Future!”

 

ME: How did you originally get interested in Ayurveda?
SIR: Basically I believe that whatever one wants in life, may not achieve & where ever you are taken by destiny is truly god desire! From childhood I dreamt of being an Air force pilot, but for some reasons I was not selected. The very first option that came ahead of me was to be a BAMS Doctor (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery). I got first rank in merit in 1st BAMS in the university. Hence, decided to strive and pursue to excel as an Ayurvedic Doctor and teacher.
ME: After achieving so many awards, working as a renowned face in the field of Ayurveda, being a teacher and Researcher, having experience from all sphere of Ayurveda industry, can you tell us a bit more about your experiences and what are the main challenges that Ayurveda is facing today in academics and industry?
 SIR: On the whole, it’s right that i have had the practical experience of all the disciplines of Ayurveda. I have come into contact with these subjects. My experience all through has been very challenging exciting and a wonderful learning.
Started with lectureship in Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha for 5 years, I comprehend that medical students have lot of curiosity to learn Ayurveda. It’s not that they don’t believe Ayurveda. There students are keen to learn about several aspects of Ayurveda diseases and their comparative study. Ayurveda is very close to culture and everyone wants to be associated with it. I have sensed that contemporary allopathic physicians are equally interested in Ayurveda as we all share same Indian culture .The only barrier between Ayurvedic and Contemporary medicine are manmade. I have noticed while teaching pharmacology, the issue of bhasmas is overstressed as being one of the major factors of kidney damage without making them realise the potential and power of Ayurveda. That one single lecture of nephrotoxicity remains detrimental for students for whole life. Hence, there is an urgent need to bridge this gap.
Then I was selected to be the Associate Professor, Professor and then Dean of most premier Institute of Ayurveda R.A. Podar Ayurvedic Medical College of Govt. of Maharashtra in Mumbai .During my tenure, I realized many are luminous and deserving convent educated students. There is a strong disconnect between the student’s aspirations, deliberation and curriculum. Right away imposing, bombarding them with the subjects of Ayurveda which are absolutely alien to them, makes them feel they have landed to an erroneous place. Thus, there is need to fill the loop hole by partaking, conversations and exposing the 1st yr students with successful professionals and physicians of different disciplines of Ayurveda, with distinctive approaches and knowledge. This will make students feel more proud and involved in their own discipline. They will look forward for similar experiences in life. For this pace, directive has already been given to all the educational institutes of Maharashtra.
As far as teaching is concerned, it’s a very vital and key factor in Ayurvedic learning institutes. The necessities like bed side teaching, diagnostic procedures and more importantly the confidence and self belief in professors and students are lacking- which is a major concern! Some lecturers are good practitioners but are not good mentors and vice versa. Even after having virtuous and experienced educationalist in Ayurvedic institutes, they confine themselves with teaching only. The teachers normally overlook their role as exemplar to motivate and support students. To be a good educator, one needs to be a good citizen, good human being with good human values. All are mandatory requirements. 
Most of the institutes have to improve their standards. Mentor has to deliberate the way student aspires because it is the knowledge that empowers you. Our main concern is to check the outlay of teaching methods and to educate with knowledge and skill. Excellent teaching skills and information exchange are required to train students to effectively become good clinicians.
Being in Dabur India Limited, I was actively associated with Manufacturer’s Association and had been playing an important role in dialogue, negotiations and lobbying for the interests of the Ayurvedic Industry with AYUSH and other regulatory agencies.
             I became aware that academics and industry lack a point of convergence. They go parallel, without considering each other’s view points. Conflicting views and ignorant attitude will never unravel the issues. Therefore we must create platforms where academics and industry can transact, influence and interact with their notions. This will happen when industry will recruit Ayurvedic professionals of various specialities of Rasashastra, Dravyaguna etc in their laboratories and manufacturing units. In turn the students will understand the framework, technical and organisational skills of industry. This will increase amenities, intensify the bond, trust and mutual confidence amongst industry and academics. 

ME: People who have taken initiatives and discovered capitalistic opportunities in Ayurveda, apparently doesn’t belong to the field of Ayurveda like Pharma Industry, Co-operate houses etc. what do you have to say about it?
SIR: Yes, it’s true that Non –Ayurvedic people have cashed in on the opportunity to earn fortunes. If an Ayurvedic doctor doesn’t create business opportunity, there is no point in telling if somebody else is doing it. Because what they are doing is business and they are equally upgrading Ayurveda by taking Ayurvedic view point to every household .They are playing our role that we should have played. And if we want to ensure our Ayurvedic professionals to take the lead they should work more towards improving not only their clinical skills but also their communication, counselling and management skills which is beyond the scope of today’s syllabus.
ME: Ayurveda is highlighted as spa, massage or an herbal medicine or so called “jadibuti” Ayurveda and not a concept based Ayurveda. What do you have to say about it?
SIR: It’s a sense of duty of one and all that are connected with Ayurveda directly or obliquely to promote, educate, create awareness about the power of Ayurveda. It can be done via conducting exhibitions, radio talk shows, lecturers, TV Shows, Camps etc in the right perception. For creating the precise public image of authentic Ayurveda by hoardings, advertisements on channels, FM Radio are all been done through AYUSH. Specific schemes are started and that’s the right approach .Advertisement done for the interest of commercial are dictating the type of Ayurveda offered in the spas and resorts. It’s our responsibility to increase the public perception globally. Until and unless we teach the people and enlighten them, there are going to be misconceptions. In fact, things have started falling in line. There is lot of awareness spreading gradually in the right direction.

ME: On discussion with some of the Ayurveda students, one of the very main reason for graduates to not to choose Ayurveda as a career option is the lack of white collar opportunities and low pay scale in the field. Do you agree with it?
SIR: Ayurvedic health system has not yet been incorporated in railways, defence, corporate and other govt. and non govt. organisations.  AYUSH and Ayurvedic treatments are not reimbursable from many insurance companies as well. Equal opportunities to Ayurvedic doctors have been denied. Hence, there is need of educating these organisations about the potential of Ayurvedic medicines and treatments.
            In medical stream the concept of pyramid system is followed where in the availability of higher studies is in proportion to the undergraduate seats but in Ayurveda we don’t have pyramid system at all. For over 3100 BAMS doctors coming out of institutions every year, we have just around 150 seats in govt. and aided colleges. Around 200 seats are available in private colleges which normally students can’t afford because of high fees structure.
Concern is about creating opportunity in industry and education system. Setback is that CCIM, AYUSH; Ayurvedic colleges have not raised their paradigm which affected Ayurvedic students to go through.   3000 Under Graduates/ 100-150 Post Graduates .Such a poor ratio and system failure has not left with many opportunities for students to reach further in the field of Ayurveda.
CCIM, government (AYUSH) and government aided institutes should immediately take decision in increasing and allotting free seats particularly for professors, lecturers as did by MCI all over country. Employment opportunities are very low after graduation as we don’t left with enough post graduation seats.
ME: WHAT ARE THE EFFORTS TO BE MADE TO CONVINCE THE WEST ABOUT AYURVEDA?
SIR: Ayurveda is an ancient medicine system of the Indian subcontinent. The origin of the Ayurvedic medications and therapeutic approaches of Ayurved can be traced back to the Vedic period. It might not be very important to convince west about our traditional medicine. But if we wish to extend our wings, then yes, we ought to give them the proof of efficacy as well that of safety of Ayurvedic medicines. Anything that stands the validity by scientific methods shall stay and that is the only mantra for success. We have already made quite a few success stories which have been presented on WHO platforms and even to Parliamentarians of UK. Department of AYUSH has been working aggressively to prove the mettle of Ayurved across the globe. There is no doubt that a lot is still needed to be done and any new researches creating evidence base for Ayurved shall be welcome. Due to the efforts of Department of AYUSH, the western world has already started acknowledging the scientific basis of Ayurveda. It is still a while before Ayurvedic medicines are allowed to be practiced and sold in European Union and UK. Hungary already recognises Ayurved. US are also a good believer of Ayurved and have opened gates for Ayurvedic practitioners and medicines. The only agony is that most of these western nations recognise Ayurvedic Medicines as Diet supplements or nutritional products. Chinese medicine has made inroads and similarly we shall also have to work a lot to achieve success. Although Ayurveda is an official and popular system of medicine in India, the does not recognise as Official system. There are doubts also raised from time to time on the safety of Ayurvedic medicines in the international arena. But still Ayurved has kept gaining ground at global level because of the side effects of contemporary allopathic medicines, the cost of western medicines, anti-biopharma choices, holistic philosophies and rejuvenation therapies.
Ayurved is an unbroken tradition of practice for over thousands of years. This practice has blended and amalgamated so much with the Indian culture that the faith factor is very high. The believability makes people access Ayurvedic medicines and it is our prime duty to capture the complete faith by giving excellent results.
Lot of Governmental support is need for all the sectors of Ayurved be it growers/cultivators, manufacturing units, educational institutions or practioners. It is the hard work on every sector which shall increase the credibility of Ayurved at all levels. Efforts have to be made for generating evidence for efficacy and the relevance of Ayurveda in this contemporary world.


ME: what is the scope of speciality clinics in Ayurveda?
 SIR: There is a huge scope for speciality clinics in Ayurveda. In fact such specialty clinics will help us generate evidence much faster and will also gain a lot of popularity as people will always believe one who has expertise in a particular speacialty. Personally I have been pursuing the specialty of Diabetes and having worked in the field of Diabetes I have realised that people always desire to attend an Ayurved Physician who practices his specialty like gynaecology, dermatology ,orthopaedics, diabetes etc  rather than a general physician. Through ATM I would like to send message to every  Ayurvedic doctor that they must stick to practice of atleast one speciality because this is the demand of today’s era and this is the way people want to see Ayurved grow.

ME:WHERE DO YOU SEE AYURVEDA 20 YEARS DOWN THE LINE.
SIR: I am absolutely optimistic and for this optimism every one of us shall have a greater role to play.
Yes, there are huge challenges and opportunities coming up in the coming two decades down the line. Ayurveda is now increasingly getting acceptance all over the world as an alternative line of treatment due to its cost-effectiveness, efficacy, low toxicity, and few adverse effects. It is for these reasons that Ayurved has become indispensable and a viable choice.
By now, AYUSH has commenced its utmost efforts through developmental projects. Awakening to the potential, the Central Government has announced a separate national policy on the Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy (ISM&H) to boost and promote indigenous medicine. The health care infrastructure under AYUSH available in India consists of 3,845 hospitals with 65,159-bed capacity, 23,630 dispensaries, and 439 undergraduate colleges. 96 colleges having Post Graduate Departments 9,226 licensed manufacturing units and 6.95 lakh registered practitioners of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy in the country. An outlay of Rs 775 crore has been allocated under the Tenth Five - Year Plan. The Plan allocation for 2004-2005 was Rs 181 crore.

ME: What are the threats of globalisation in India and world?

SIR: Being the WHO CONSULTANT on Traditional Asian Medicine for South East Asia, I comprehend that there shall be a huge demand for Ayurveda from the world community of consumers. Equally well shall be response of the Indian Ayurvedic industry to guide Ayurveda’s movement toward globalization. Now it is duly recognised by international agencies like WHO. Many of the Ayurvedic medicines have gained popularity for specific disease curing agents as well. The best example is of Arjuna Tree Bark in Coronary Heart disease. The administrations and the communities throughout the world are realizing the importance and practical utility of Ayurvedic Medicines and have started advocating its cause more forcefully.

The growing popularity of Ayurveda around the globe has also thrown new challenges before the Ayurvedic students, teachers and researchers. The standardisation and production of quality drugs are an important challenge if exports have to grow. It is also the regulatory environment which will guide the globalisation of Ayurved. The most important is European Union regulation where Ayurveda is classified as a herbal medicine, and under the clause any medicine has to be in European Union for 15 years to be accepted by the European Union. It is the toll of the death-knell for Ayurveda, if the regulation stands. A large number of herbals from India have already been banned from European Union markets from March 31, 2011 when the THMPD has come into force.
Now all herbal products in the EU’s 27 member states seeking to make claims must be registered through the appropriate national medicines agency, or face market prohibition. No Ayurvedic or Chinese botanical has yet won THMPD approval nor approval under the EU nutrition and health claims regulation.

The hot zones are those where the fauna and flora is in danger. The ban on Pushkarmoola, Kutha and Shringa along with many endangered species also needs to be looked at very seriously. Hot zone is declared by regulatory agencies where plants are in danger. International institution has produced the CITES list and the names of plants found in CITES list are not allowed to be traded at all. Hence there is an urgent need for a cultivational activity on a large scale. It has to be taken up as a mission by Govt. of India so that Ayurved can survive and the people can keep getting Ayurvedic medicines at reasonable rates. Therefore cultivation, protection in situ and preservation of the forests to allow the rare plant material to thrive in the jungles are of utmost importance. National Medicinal Plants Board and Department of AYUSH have taken quite a few steps in that direction and there needs to be much more for accomplishement..
ME: Any message for ATM readers ….
SIR: Ayurveda Today Magazine is written in very simple English and can be well understood. The team of ATM is very committed and I wish them great success in their endeavour to popularise Ayurveda to the every household.  Further I am also told that “Ayurveda Today” has also undertaken many programmes like “Holistic Yoga”and “Ayurveda holistic center”recently. I must compliment them. The mission which Ayurveda Today has cannot be completed by any individual and it has to be a teamwork which will realise the goals that have set. Looking at the very pious cause for reaching Ayurved to the people, I think it becomes the duty of every one of us to support this young team so that they can contribute better.
All my good wishes and greetings to the ATM and its readers!






                                                                                                         By
                                                                                            Dr Vasuvie Gupta