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December 17, 2008

AYUSH – yearend review

Department of Ayush was created by Government of India to consolidate holistic medicine – Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidha, Naturopathy, Homeopathy. The press release from AYUSH looks back into its activities for the year 2008.

What were once the preferred systems of health care for the masses are increasingly getting confined to a small section of western educated urban elite. As part of the strategy to bring back these systems into the mainstream the unique initiative of launching National Campaigns on select AYUSH themes was taken, the themes were developed keeping in mind specific areas of strengths that the different systems of AYUSH have. The broad format of the National Campaigns envisages the launch of the campaigns by a 2 day workshop at the National level followed by workshops at the State level and then at the district and sub-district levels. Thus a cascading effect is envisioned to spread the outcomes of the National Workshops from the Centre upto the district and the panchayat levels. So far four such campaigns have been launched. The first in the series being on Ksharsutra, which is an Ayurvedic para surgical procedure for treatment of Ano-rectal disorders. The technique not only stands duly validated by ICMR, but is being practiced by modern doctors in countries like Japan for over 20 years now. The Second was Homoeopathy for mother and child care. As we all know the health care needs of children and especially pregnant and lactating mothers are very different from the population at large. Homoeopathy being safe, effective, palatable and free from side effects is ideally suited to meet this need. The third Campaign was “Ayurveda for Geriatric Care”. The fact that the global population today is becoming increasingly gray is well documented. The chronic inflammatory and degenerative conditions that the elderly suffer from need special care, but with a health infrastructure already creaking under the burden of a growing population, care of the elderly is not a priority. Given this backdrop, Ayurveda provides the ideal health option with its Rasayana therapy which is a dedicated branch of Ayurveda for the care of the elderly. This was one of the 8 branches of Ayurveda developed millennia ago, and today in 21st century we are looking to it for solutions. The fourth campaign was on Quality Assurance of AYUSH drugs[AYUSH: An year of consolidation ].

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September 19, 2008

More on Ayurgenomics study by CSIR

Here is the full press release on the results on the recent study which establishes the relation between Body compositions(Prakriti) and genetic makeup. This is one of the corner stones of Ayurveda.

A landmark study, the first of its kind in the world, finds links between Prakriti, a fundamental principle of personalized medicine of Ayurveda, and modern genomics for development of predictive and personalized medicine. The study reveals that it is possible to identify groups within normal individuals of the populations, which could be predisposed to certain kind of diseases, and also might respond differently to drugs. Such integration of the principles of Ayurveda with genomics, appropriately termed as Ayurgenomics by the authors, holds great potential and promise for future predictive and personalized medicine at an affordable cost.

For the first time it has been demonstrated that normal individuals within the same ethnic population, clustered on the basis of clinical criteria described in Ayurveda, show variations in the basal levels of blood parameters used in routine for diagnostic purposes, as well as in basal levels of expression of genes. Read the Full press release here:[Ayurgenomics: CSIR study establishes links between Ayurveda & Modern Science for Predictive & Personalized Medicine ]

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August 26, 2008

Intellectual property rights, Ayurveda and curriculum

Filed under: Ayurveda, Other — Tags: , — ayurvedam @ 5:06 pm

To increase the awareness of intellectual property rights and to protect Kerala’s traditional knowledge in areas like Ayurveda Kerala Government is planning to introduce intellectual property rights as part of curriculum.  In long term, this step should help raise awareness and protect Kerala’s knowledge in areas like Ayurveda.

After becoming the first in the country to introduce a state-level policy on intellectual property rights (IPR), the Kerala government is moving to introduce IPR as a compulsory subject in schools and universities.
The government has already directed universities to include IPR law and implementation in the syllabus at the degree level from the next academic year. The move is aimed at motivating students to take up a career in patents and their protection.

“The state will initially start five or six centres of excellence to provide degree-level classes to students in all five universities, and faculty will be provided in the universities and its affiliated institutions over a period of time,” said a senior official in the state education ministry who declined to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Kerala introduced the IPR policy this year mainly to prevent misappropriation of traditional knowledge such as Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, and knowledge associated with bio-diversity.

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September 6, 2007

New Bill in Kerala legislature to regulate Ayurveda Massage parlours

Filed under: Ayurveda, Other — ayurvedam @ 2:22 pm

The new bill to regulate the uncontrolled proliferation of Ayurveda Massage parlours, often managed by incompetent personnel, is placed in Kerala Legislature.

Health Minister P K Sreemathi will introduce a Bill in the Assembly on Thursday to regulate and control the proliferation of ayurvedic massage parlours in the state.

This is perhaps the first time that the state government has decided to act tough about massage parlours which have enticed many quacks into the trade.

The Bill aims to regulate these parlours against the backdrop of increased tourism across the state.

At present there is no proper mechanism to check the kind of treatment offered at these places.

The Bill prescribes an Ayurveda Director as the licencing authority for massage parlours. A team constituted by the Director will inspect each parlour and verify its facilities before issuing the licence which will be for a period of three years.[Bill to regulate Ayurvedic Massage Parlours]

In many ways this is a welcome step, for this state is having a large influx of Ayurveda tourists. However, having a licensing authority in place might lead to corruption, if not setup properly.

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August 23, 2007

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