11th june 2020 is a big day in the field of Ayurveda as it remembered as Sushrut Divas ( Acharya Sushrut – The Father of Surgery) in the memory of Late Dr. P. J. Deshpande .
Late Prof. Prabhakar Janardhan Deshpande, Dean, Faculty of Ayurveda, B. H. U was born on 11th June, 1925 in a cultured family of Maharashtra, India.
Dr. Deshpande was an outstanding alumnus of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, joined the Ayurvedic college of BHU in 1941 in AMS course.
Dr. P. J. Deshpande is known for is marvelous work of Ksharsutra in the field of Ayurveda. He re-established/ reinvented the Ksharsutra therapy for Bhagandar ( Fistula in ano).
Talking about Acharya Sushruta, He was the son of sage Vishwamitra and lived in the 6th century B.C. He wrote a treatise titled ‘Sushruta Samhita’ which is an authentic text on the practice of the Indian medicine – Ayurveda. All the surgical methods are explained in detail in this text.
Many of the surgical incisions and other operational techniques mentioned in ‘Sushruta Samhita’ are practiced even now in the same manner as suggested by Sushruta. Not just that, even many of the surgical instruments and other operation tools used then were similar to that used in today’s modern operational theatres.
Sushruta was using Kshara Karma and Agni Karma techniques which were on the lines of modern technique of cautery, i.e., a means of destroying, unnecessary tissue by heat, corrosive chemicals, freezing or electricity. Sushruta was using only chemicals for this purpose.
Sushruta was an excellent orthopaedic surgeon. Many principle techniques of plastic surgery were in practice during the time of Sushruta. He has contributed in many other fileds like surgery, ophthalmology, gynecology etc. and his work is marvelous in the field of Ayurveda which is a blessing to the modern world as well.
Ksharkarma technique mentioned by Acharya Sushrut was not in practice until Dr. P. J. Deshpande re eastablished it and taught the practical use of the Ksharkarma Technique to Todays Generation. We can Say that Dr. P. J. Deshpande is a Sushrut for us in this present era. (Dr. Kunal B. Kamthe, MD - AYU)
With the spread of Covid-19 in the country, people are now focusing on immunity building measures and revisiting Ayurveda for prevention.
A technology-led Ayurveda platform, has enabled people to use the facility of 'teleayurveda' and stay connected with doctors through online consultations. NirogStreet has 50,000 ayurveda doctors listed on the platform.
Ram N. Kumar, Founder, NirogStreet said: "Amid the lockdown we are successfully connecting millions of patients with over 50,000 ayurveda doctors on our platform. People are respecting the lockdown and turning to online consultation for all their health needs. This is the right time for Ayurveda to ride on technology and serve the health needs of people across the country. A significant part of the online consultation for both critical and non-critical ailments is coming from tier II cities. We are also maintaining regular supply of immunity medicines and sanitisers to Ayurveda doctors. Through our doctors network we have recently distributed over 75,000 sanitisers."
In these unprecedented circumstances that people are going through, ï¿½teleayurveda' is a great concept for both ayurvedic doctors and patients to stay connected, he added.
The company claims to have witnessed six times growth in online searches for immunity boosting Ayurveda products, apart from a spike in demand for immunity building medicines and herbal soaps, sanitisers etc.
The platform aims to train and certify over 1,00,000 pure Ayurveda practitioners in the next two years and bring them to the mainstream. It is widening their reach and accessibility through a very user friendly and interactive technology platform.
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As the field of alternative medicine gains immense popularity in the wake of COVID-19, the ancient practice of Ayurveda with India as its land of origin can don the role of quiet yet powerful armed forces in the fight against the coronavirus, according to a seasoned Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.
Weill Cornell Medicine is the biomedical research unit and medical school of Cornell University, a private Ivy League university and according to Dr Bhaswati Bhattacharya, practicing Ayurveda is like approaching the disease from the perspective of air, water, land and time.
"This is elaborated in a chapter on epidemics known as janapada-uddhvansa in ancient classic medical texts. The daily lifestyle of a survivor includes cleaning the air, using clean water properly, cleansing the land, and becoming aware of time," Bhattacharya told IANS in an interview.
Alongside this pillar of lifestyle guidelines are a pillar of wisdom for food (ahara) and a pillar of medicines for epidemics.
According to Bhattacharya who is Fulbright Specialist in Public Health-Integrative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, Ayurveda does not focus on the virus.
"It focuses on the person, the host. Every seed that can grow will not grow in every soil. Ayurvedic wisdom says to empower the soil of the body so that the virus cannot take hold. This is pure personalised medicine at its best," she emphasised.
The Ministry of AYUSH in India has proposed to include Ayurveda solutions in the district level contingency plans being drawn up to contain Covid-19 in all districts across the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his recent address to the nation advised everyone in his 7-point appeal to follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of AYUSH to help build immunity against the coronavirus pandemic.
Bhattacharya said that cleansing the air includes fumigation, the use of flames in homam, daily diyas, and any burning of herbs, especially those with anti-viral or poisonous properties.
"Burned ajwain is used in eye remedies and can be used in a dhoopana, along with neem, haldi, garlic and onion peels, and coconut husk. Opening doors and windows in the morning after rising brings in fresh air allows concentrated particles to leave," she said.
Known in vernacular languages as jutha, etho, ushta, enjalu, eccam, aintha and engili, among others, many Indians know rules of washing hands, feet and face at certain times of day and around certain activities.
"We know how to bathe before cooking, before eating, and after using the toilet. We know to not touch our faces while cooking or touching children and persons outside the household. We know to wash our hands after handshakes," Bhattacharya elaborated.
Keeping the land clean around our homes requires removal of inorganic waste, planting of trees, leaving water and food for birds, and consciously ensuring that the space breathes clean air regularly. Fumigation around the home precipitates the particles of germs that hover.
The awareness of time is developed by regular meditation, yoga and appreciation of quiet and calm.
"During pandemics, people who are not mentally resilient require extra assistance, breaking down with low thresholds for trauma and showing poor stress management," Bhattacharya told IANS.
Ayurveda also offers guidelines for food during epidemics, stressing that we should keep our guts clean.
We should eat simple foods, healthy foods, and foods that do not disrespect the environment.
According to her, gradually shifting toward eating vegetables, whole grains and pulses, and using less ingredients is advised. Adding raisins (draksha), coriander (dhanya) leaves, prunes, spinaches (saag), palak and dark green leafy vegetables to the diet helps the bowel push contents down and out.
To prevent illness, Ayurveda says to keep gut clean using foods.
"If you need extra help, try taking 1 tsp of triphala with hot water at night. If you need more help, contact an ayurvedic physician. You can take 1 tsp of dashmul powder with 1 tsp of psyllium husk with hot water at night. The main goal is to have large bowel movements daily and get the gut clean," she advised.
To keep the prana-vaha-srotas (ENT+respiratory system) clean, make a bitter kada/kara/kwatha.
Decoctions at sunrise and sunset are a ritual for cleaning the nasal passages by stimulating the bitter taste buds, which turns on the airway's immune machinery.
"Guduchi/giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) is the best plant for boosting immunity during this pandemic and is found in many forms," she said.
For more specific symptoms, such as lower airway breathing difficulty, middle airway asthma, or upper airway, special formulations such as Soma Asava, Yashi Churna, Agasthya Haritaki Rasayan, Pushkarmoola asava, Vasa Avaleha, and Chitraka Haritaki Avaleha exist.
According to her, Ayurveda is not a chemistry-based science.
"It includes ecology, geology, biology, botany, and many other modern sciences which are disconnected. Trusting Ayurveda as an overall approach is trusting that all sciences are deeply connected," said Bhattacharya who hold a Ph.D in Ayurveda from Banaras Hindu University and has been affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.
The Ministry of AYUSH has announced a mechanism to support short-term research projects for evaluating the impact of AYUSH interventions/ medicines in the prophylaxis and clinical management of COVID-19.
Hospitals/Institutions involved in the management of COVID-19 cases have been invited to participate in this scheme which falls under the extramural (i.e., for those from outside the AYUSH Ministry establishment) research category. The proposals should be related to evaluating the role and impact of AYUSH interventions/medicines in the prophylaxis and clinical management of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 disease.
Project proposals of a maximum of six months duration with Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) clearance will be considered for support up to Rs. 10.00 lakhs to meet the expenditure on engaging AYUSH clinicians, technical manpower, laboratory investigations and related contingencies.
The details including eligibility criteria, mode for submission of application, application form are uploaded on Ministry of AYUSH website, ie. ayush.gov.in. The link to the webpage is: https://main.ayush.gov.in/event/mechanism-support-short-term-research-projects-evaluating-impact-ayush-interventions-cum.
The application will be received only through email and the address is: [email protected]
The last date of receipt of application is 01/05/2020
The Ministry of AYUSH has proposed to include Ayurveda solutions in the district level contingency plans being drawn up to contain Covid-19 in all districts across the country.
An official statement said the ministry has also put together the draft guidelines for practitioners of different Ayush systems in the wake of COVID-19, which is expected to be published shortly, after vetting by public health experts.
Following the ministry initiative on giving immunity-boosting measures in the light of the pandemic, many state governments also followed up with healthcare advice on traditional medicine solutions to enhance immunity and disease-resistance, which are particularly relevant against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ministry of AYUSH had issued an advisory on various immunity-enhancing steps from the time tested approaches of Ayurveda. The advisory is reiterated again in these testing times to support the efforts of all as a measure towards enhancing immunity.
The ministry recommended some self-care guidelines for preventive health measures and boosting immunity with special reference to respiratory health. These are supported by Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications.
Among the general measures for enhancing immunity are drink warm water throughout the day, daily practice of Yoga and meditation for at least 30 minutes and spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander and garlic are recommended in cooking.
While there is no medicine for COVID-19 as of now, it will be good to take preventive measures which boost immunity in these times, the statement said.
The procedures during dry cough and sore throat include steam inhalation with fresh mint leaves or caraway seeds can be practised once in a day.
In addition, clove powder mixed with natural sugar/honey can be taken 2-3 times a day in case of cough or throat irritation.
These measures generally treat normal dry cough and sore throat. However, it is best to consult doctors if these symptoms persist. --IANS
Panaji - Amid confident claims made by Union Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Naik, that British Crown Prince Charles was cured of Covid-19 with the help of alternative medicines, including ayurvedic treatment, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday insisted that ayurveda had no cure for novel coronavirus.
Sawant, who is a doctor of alternative medicine, however, said that ayurvedic treatment helps build up the immunse system to resist Covid-19 and added that Goa was the first state in the country to introduce an integrated treatment progamme for Covid-19 patients as well as those under quarantine.
"Ayurveda has no cure for Covid-19, but it can increase immunity," Sawant said at a press conference here on Thursday.
Earlier this week, amid denials from the official spokesperson of the British Prince, AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, who is a Lok Sabha MP from Goa, had insisted that Prince Charles was "101 per cent" cured of Covid-19 with a combination of treatment using ayurveda and homeopathy medicines.
Sawant also said that Goa is the first state in the country to integrate ayurveda and allopathy in treating the six Covid-19 positive patients as well as those who are currently quarantined in state government facilities.
"Ayurveda doctors are working in consultation with our medical teams about what ayurvedic medicine should be given to the patients who are Covid-19 positive and in quarantine. We are the first state to do so. It is an integrated treatment of allopathic and ayurveda medicines," Sawant rold reporters.
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