Annoyed by pimples? Here’s an ayurvedic guide you need to achieve that flawless skin By Dr. Tabassum Hasan. Do you remember the last time when you were planning to attend a wedding function? From dresses to matching shoes you took care of everything and were ready to dazzle everybody. But guess what? All of a sudden on that very day you got a new pimple on your forehead. Yes, we know how it feels. Those pesky red pimples seem to always appear before any important event in our lives. Almost every one of us suffered this embarrassing situation at some point of our existence, especially in our teenage years. But is there any solution for it? Can we avoid them? What are the causes? Let’s find out answers to all these questions.
Table of contents
• What is Acne?
• Causes and Risk Factor of Acne
• Symptoms of Acne
• When You Need to See Your Doctor
• General Tips For Acne
• What to Eat and Avoid
• Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)
What is Acne?
In ayurvedic literature, acne has been described as yuvan pidika or tarunya pitika because it primarily affects adolescents or young people. In some texts, it is also called mukh dushika because it spreads mainly on the face of a person and has inflammation and scarring.
Acne is characterized by saruja (mildly painful), filled with meda (pus or oily secretions), shalmali (Salmalia malabarica) thorn-like eruption on the face. These pilosebaceous follicles are distinguished as comedones, papules, pustules, and scars. It mainly affects the cheek, chin, forehead, nose, and upper trunk of the body.
According to global burden of disease (GBD) study, almost 85% of young adults aged between 12-15 years get affected by this dreadful condition. Although it is not a life-threatening condition, but it impacts the social life and emotional well-being of the affected individual.
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Causes and Risk Factor of Acne
According to classical ayurvedic texts, acne is manifested due to vitiated vata dosha and kapha dosha. These doshas further vitiate rasa-raktadi dhatu, primarily rakta dhatu(blood). As result, there is excessive sweda(sweat) production, which obstructs the skin pores. This leads to local swelling and microcomedones formation. Rupture of these micro comedones leads to scarring. Vata dosha and rakta dosha also causes hyperpigmentation.
The factors which lead to all of this are mainly divided into 4 types:
• Time or age factors- young age or adolescents, summers or spring season.
• Dietary pattern- excessive sweet and spicy, heavy and oily food, milk and its products, meat and alcohol.
• Lifestyle factors- Insomnia, holding natural urges, excessive sleep, excessive sunbath.
• Psychological factors- Anger, stress, depression, and behavioral changes.
Other than the above factors, few other factors are also responsible for acne like genetics, hormonal changes, etc. Furthermore, menstrual cycle, anxiety and tension, oil-based makeup, exposure to pollution, skin allergies due to certain medication, hot and humid climate, greasy hair, and squeezing the pimples will make these conditions worse.
Symptoms of Acne
Acne is described under kshudra rogas (minor ailments) in Ayurveda. Kshudra means minimum that means these diseases happen with minimum causative factors, signs and symptoms, and requires minimum medical intervention. Acne also doesn’t have deadly symptoms but it surely affects your self-confidence. Some of these symptoms are stated below-
• Shalmali kantakakara pitika- acne resembles with the thorn of salmalia malabarica as it’s an eruption in a conical shape
• Saruja- These can be mild to moderate painful lumps.
• Ghana- The eruption is hard, thick, or indurated due to vitiated kapha.
• Medogarbha- Due to obstruction of pores or pilosebaceous glands, it is filled with pus.
• Yuna mukhe- This disease usually affects young people or adolescents.
Apart from these symptoms, some associated symptoms are also there like itching, burning, and secretions. Mental health is also affected as it has a huge impact on someone’s looks.
When You Need to See Your Doctor
Generally for acne, people prefer to have OTC (over-the-counter) products. Mild to moderate acne will calm down after the use of these gels or creams in the course of over 4 to 6 weeks. But what if these products stopped working or you have stubborn nodular or cystic acne? Then you definitely need to see your dermatologist. Also if your physical appearance is taking a toll on your mental health, a doctor will help you to combat this situation.
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General Tips for Acne
Everyone dream to have smooth, silky, and radiant skin. But having acne is a big hurdle to achieve that flawless skin. In this scenario, you can take the help of ayurvedic tips to get rid of those pimples:
• To flush out toxins (ama) in your body, you should take warm water in the morning. Mixing lemon juice in it will also give you a daily dose of vitamin C.
• To balance your body doshas, you can take Triphala. It will remove toxins and reduce your acne. Take 1 teaspoon Triphala powder with warm water.
• Shatavari is also a good ingredient to balance hormones. It will also help in pacifying pitta dosha and treat hormonal acne. You can take one teaspoon of Shatavari powder and boil it in one glass of water. When this will reduce to half, you can consume it.
• Ashwagandha is a popular herb for skin disorders. Its anti-inflammatory, detoxifying properties make it suitable for acne treatment. Take one teaspoon of ashwagandha powder and take it with water or honey.
• Apart from these, blood purifiers told in classical ayurvedic literature like sariva, manjishtha, draksha, and neem are also beneficial for acne treatment. You can include them in your daily routine to purify the blood and balance your doshas. They also have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
• Drinking amla juice daily can help you as amla helps in balancing your doshas. Amla also contains vitamin C which is a potent anti-oxidant. This will reduce harmful free radicals and will keep acne at bay.
• Fennel seeds and coriander seeds concoction is also a good option as it will cool down your body heat. Take one teaspoon of both and boil it in one glass of water. When it will reduce to half, take it after it cools down.
• As clogged pores are the cause of acne, you should wash your face at least twice a day. Use gel-based mild cleansers according to your skin type.
• Avoid touching your face as your fingers usually have bacteria on them. Touching your face can lead to transfer of those bacteria to your face and this can result in infection.
• You should avoid squeezing the pimple. Yes, we know that you have a strong urge to pop that pimple. But always remember that it will lead to more scars.
• Always use a broad spectrum SPF if you are stepping out of your house. Even inside your home, you should at least wear sunscreen of SPF 30.
What to Eat and Avoid
As the saying goes, what you eat appears on your face. This is definitely true in the case of acne. Our skin health says a lot about the way we eat. So if you are someone whose diet is full of junk food and sweetened beverages, then you need to reconsider your food choices. Follow these dietary rules to get rid of your skin ailments and for a healthier complexion-
• Always eat homemade fresh food. Make it light and less spicy.
• Amaranth, barley, oats, rice are healthy grains for you. Include them in your diet.
• Fresh vegetables like bitter gourd, leafy greens, cauliflower, peas, okra, bell peppers are good for your skin and health.
• Soaked almonds and nuts are also a good option as they contain healthy fats that your body needs.
• Eat fruits like apple, oranges, mango, watermelon, dates, figs, pineapple, cherries, grapes, and lime.
• Turkey, salmon, and freshwater fish are the best options if you are a non-vegetarian.
• Always avoid refined grains and sugars like white bread, pasta, noodles, sodas, and artificial sweeteners.
• Heavy and spicy diets create an imbalance between doshas, so try to avoid them.
• Consuming dairy products is also not advised if you are suffering from acne.
• Fast foods like burgers, chowmein, French fries, nuggets, and soda drinks are a big NO if you want to have good and healthy skin.
• Avoid meat (especially red meat) and alcohol consumption as these create havoc on your skin.
Other than that you should keep track if you are allergic to any particular food, foods that may cause bloating or increase inflammation in your body. Just follow these simple rules and you will start noticing a positive difference in your skin soon.
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)
Q1. How acne scars can be removed?
Ans. In Ayurveda, there are several local applications for acne scars like haldi, sandalwood, multani mitti. However, in modern medical treatments like microdermabrasion, chemical peeling, micro-needling, fillers, punch excision, and laser resurfacing are prescribed for different types of lesions. Topical treatments like antibiotics (clindamycin and erythromycin), benzoyl peroxides, and vitamin A acid derivatives like tretinoin are also helpful for mild to moderate scars.
Q2. Why acne occurs on the face?
Ans. Acne occurs when your pores get clogged by oil, pus, dead skin, or bacteria. It's like a small red protuberance with pus at its head. This can happen on your shoulders, back, and chest too.
Q3. Which acne cream is best for oily skin?
Ans. Creams with active ingredients like neem, tea tree oil, aloe vera, turmeric are best suitable for acne. In Ayurveda, there are different types of face masks for acne. Some of those are vachaadi lepa, dhanyakaadi lepa, lodhraadi lepa, jayaphalaadi lepa, manjishthaadi lepa and kumkumaadi taila etc. Other than these, you can look for ingredients like bakuchiol, Centella asiatica, honey, colloidal oatmeal, willow bark extract, and resveratrol in your acne products.
Q4. Can acne scars be removed permanently?
Ans. Most of the acne scars get faded over time. As our skin gets renewal after almost 5-6 weeks. That means dead skin cells get replaced by new skin cells. So our scars naturally go away. But in the case of severe scarring, one should get treatment by a dermatologist. They can surely help you to reduce the appearance of your scar.
Q5. Can acne scars be removed naturally?
Ans. Several home remedies like lemon juice, potato juice, turmeric powder, aloe vera, and gram flour are used for ages to remove hyperpigmentation and scars.
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Hyderabad, May 25 (IANS) Padma Bhushan awardee Dr D. Nageshwar Reddy, who is also the chairman of AIG Hospitals here, has been bestowed with the Rudolf V. Schindler Award from The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), one of the apex bodies in the world of GI endoscopy, thus becoming the first Indian doctor to receive the prestigious award, AGI Hospitals said.The award was presented to Reddy at ASGE's annual Crystal Awards ceremony that was held virtually.The Rudolf V. Schindler Award is the highest category in the prestigious Crystal Awards named after Dr Schindler, who is considered as the father of gastroscopy.Reddy became the first Indian medical practitioner to get this recognition from ASGE for his exemplary work in the field of endoscopy."ASGE's highest honour is given to a member who has accomplishments in endoscopic research, teaching, and/or service to the field of GI endoscopy which exemplifies the standards and traditions of Dr Schindler," said Klaus Mergener, President, ASGE, while presenting the award."Reddy is one of the first to promote endoscopy in India and has led the charge of educating numerous endoscopists all over the world," added Mergener."It is very humbling for me as an international member of the ASGE to receive the Rudolf V. Schindler Award. This is also a testament to all the endoscopists worldwide, even from the developing nations, that hard work and dedication are recognised by the society, irrespective of where they work. With this honour, I rededicate myself to the education and promotion of quality endoscopy," said Reddy.The award has come in the backdrop of another distinguished achievement of Reddy, who was recently inducted into the newly-elected fellows of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Reddy is the first Indian medical doctor in the last 100 years to receive the fellowship of AAAS that was founded in 1848, marking the emergence of a national scientific community in the US.Reddy was selected under the category of medical sciences for the pioneering work in gastroenterology, particularly advancement in the therapeutic pancreatic biliary endoscopy and innovations in transgastric endoscopic surgery; and for service to international gastroenterology societies. The title recognises important contributions to STEM disciplines, including pioneering research, leadership within a given field, teaching and mentoring, fostering collaborations, and advancing public understanding of science.Reddy's main area of research interest has been in GI endoscopy, particularly in therapeutic pancreatio biliary endoscopy and innovations in transgastric endoscopic surgery. A specialist in GI endoscopy, till now, he has published over 670 papers in national and international peer review journals, contributed chapters in 20 international textbooks of gastroenterology, and has edited eight GI endoscopy textbooks.Reddy has won numerous awards including the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri from the government of India, BC Roy Award from the Indian Medical Council, and ASGE International Leadership Award, among others.--IANSms/arm
In a conversation with IANS, Dr Ashish Jaiswal, who did fellowship in Pulmonology and Critical Care Disease from the US and Europe, said that if one has tested Covid positive and isolating at home, then they first they need to identify their problems, which they call 'Long Covid' or 'Covid Haul Syndrome' as it can lasts for months. Jaiswal, who is with Bharadwaj Hospital in Noida, said that the most common symptom in long haulers are chronic fatigue and body pain and the other most common thing is chest involvement. "We notice that 60 per cent patients are showing these chest involvement and other 40 per cent are asymptomatic. But we see patches in them too. Usually this patch lessens, but in some cases, it might increase after 13-14 days in post Covid storm. So, these kinds of patients should be really careful," he said."We are also witnessing that 50 per cent patients are reporting 'Brain Fog', they feel altered sense, confused, unable to take decisions and loss of appetite too. This brain fog is directly post-Covid syndrome, not depression. "About 20 per cent of these patients are suffering from depression too. The ones who are in isolation, quarantine or using too much of social media are going through depression," he opined. Jaiswal also pointed out that among these 50 per cent of patients have kidney issues and then 5-10 per cent patients are there who require post-Covid dialysis while 40 per cent people face difficulty in doing basic daily chores. "Actually right now, we have huge number of population which is going through this post Covid syndrome, it has surpassed diabetes, blood pressure now. So, I appeal everyone to be optimistic and positive because 50 per cent of your problems get solved if you are positive," he said.Giving tips to people on how to monitor their health, Jaiswal flagged increase in heart rate in isolation. "If its above 100, then you might face heart issues later as in post-Covid, there are so many patients who get heart related issues. Monitor your saturation level. So, if all of a sudden you notice higher heart rate, lowering saturation level, sudden chest pain, and heavy breathlessness, then immediately inform your doctor because these are danger symptoms."He said that for those patients who had moderate lung infection and whose CT Score was more than 10-12, then they need to take better care or the ones who had kidney problem or cardiac issues then they also need to take good care in post Covid. He again reiterated that right now most important thing is to be happy, be positive. "Always remember we are home isolated, not home alone. Whole world is in this together, your family is there. It's the time when we need to be available for our family if not physically, then virtually to support each other." Discussing why people are facing problem during isolation or post-Covid, Jaiswal said: "Problem is people nowadays are taking prescription online from social media. Everyone is following the same prescription. People are unnecessarily taking zinc medicine, which can causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, metallic base, kidney stone. "Excess use of Vitamin C can cause abdominal cramps, headache and insomnia and excess use of Vitamin D can cause diarrhoea, dizziness, confusion."So, the medicine which you can get easily are there, the excess of these medicines are causing problem these days." He said that 80 per cent of patients are facing issues because of excessive use of these medicines."Without consulting their doctor people are taking ivermectin... it is dangerous for your health," he said. He also said that Ayurvedic preparations are no doubt good but excess intake of 'kadha' is also creating stomach issues, and diarrhoea.Citing people getting their blood test and CT scan done without doctor's prescription, he said: "Don't go until your doctor asks you for it because there will be no value of that test if there's no clinical relevance. This will not only increase financial burden on you but will also increase the burden on the system. Doctors will be more burdened." "Do not rush to the hospitals if your saturation level is above 92, consult your doctor, stay home because you are doing no good if you are rushing for hospitals. And the biggest loss you are doing is to the patients who actually needs the hospital treatment but couldn't because you occupied that bed unnecessary," he said. He also slammed people unnecessarily stocking the oxygen cylinders at their home.About diet of Covid patients in home isolation, Jaiswal said: "These kinds of patients need family support the most as that person is going through a lot. The most important role is of diet. Your diet must include lots of fruits, vegetables, less of 'kadha', less of masala.""You are in convalescent period, you will feel hungry. Second thing is to play brain games, video games. This will help in reducing brain fog. Alcohol and smoking is strictly prohibited for three months. Because it has been observed that the ones who had started doing all these have contracted Covid again. Drink at least 3-4 litres of water, water can be in any form, it can be pulse water, rice water. Just keep drinking water. Take proper care of your sleep. Post-Covid patients must take at least 8 hours of sleep." He also said that patients with comorbities or some other old health issues must inform their doctors after recovering from Covid so that they can resume medicine according to doctor's instructions. Suggesting how post Covid people should start exercise, Jaiswal said: "The patients who had mild Covid or asymptomatic patients... they can do long walks at home. PT, or yoga will also work. Word of caution is for the ones who were serious or got cardiac issues or chest involvement was there."For patients with serious or cardiac issues, he said: "On first day try to do the exercise only for 5 minutes if your saturation doesn't dip, then repeat it again after every 2 hours. You should not pressure your lungs or heart." After doing exercise, immediately rest properly, he added."Exercise proning position. Serious Covid patients must do this for at least 4-5 hours daily," he said, adding that the ones who are still on oxygen, increase your oxygen level while exercising as saturation should be above 90 all the time. Asked about patients who have severe lung infection can manage themselves at home and what are the precautions they need to follow, Dr Jaiswal said, "If a patient is having excessive breathlessness, unbearable chest pain, saturation level is dipping, heart rate is increasing or a respiratory rate is increasing and have not got their CT Scan done that means their 50 per cent lung is involved. "If you are in remote area in such conditions, we advise them for steaming or nebulisation. Nebuliser is easily available everywhere. If your saturation is low, then use oxygen. Then there are medications which your doctor will prescribe in such conditions," he added. (Anand Singh can be contacted at email@example.com)--IANS<br>aks/rs/vd
New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) In the midst of Covid-19, when the world is at a loss over how to tackle the pandemic unleashed by the coronavirus, with millions infected and hundreds of thousands dead and dying, an expert says keeping the body alkaline is a sure way to fight not just Covid but all illnesses.Dr Eapen Koshy, in "Survive Covid: By Staying Alkaline" (Konark Publishers), says that "acidic food intake, electromagnetic radiation and an immune-lowering lifestyle" has led to a weakening of the immune system, making humans vulnerable to diseases like Covid and cancer."Only a strong immune system can save us. The answers to the current pandemic and to future pandemics lie in alkalinizing our body to boost our immune system and maintain this with an immune friendly lifestyle," Koshy in the book, a sequel to his popular book, "Beyond Modern Medicine". An alkaline body will "nurture a calm, inclusive and tolerant alkaline mind", says Koshy, a renowned plastic surgeon who lives in Lagos, Nigeria, where he is working with the Vedic Group of Hospitals (affiliated with Manipal Hospitals, Bengaluru).Besides maintaining an alkaline way of living, the author urges readers to follow "a higher shift in thinking, and the need to move to a simpler earth-synchronous ways of life". According to Koshy, the pH balance of our body "determines our health status more than any other parameter". In a body with an acidic pH balance, the "white blood cells, which are on the frontline of our immune system and protect us from illnesses, become lethargic and weakened". An alkaline pH of 7.4 is the perfect balance that a human body should maintain to be free of all illnesses."A well-oxygenated alkaline balanced body has adequate immunity to successfully fight diseases. Diseases occur in a body that has low-oxygenated, acidic cells as its immunity becomes weak. This happens because of nutrient-deficient toxic diet, toxic emotions and a toxic lifestyle," he writes.Modern lifestyles with their burden of stress, constantly being exposed to electromagnetic radiation of the mobile phone and laptop, keeping late hours and waking up much after sunrise, also contribute to an "acidic overload" in our bodies."The current pandemic experience has hit us really hard, and it has now become urgent that every citizen of the world is aware of ways to boost immunity and practice a healthy, immunity-friendly lifestyle. It is important to learn to maintain an alkaline body and follow an alkaline diet. Every school curriculum should have this subject incorporated," Koshy states.He says that one should be aware of the nature of the food that we eat and "by taking care of our diet and choosing wisely what to eat, we can maintain our body's pH balance and improve our immunity".Giving an example, he writes: "A bottle of Coke has a pH value of 2.5, with around 10 teaspoons or more equivalent of refined sugar. To neutralize the acidic pH produced by one bottle of Coke, our body requires 32 glasses of alkaline water with a pH of 10.""No one with an alkaline body balance would succumb to the Covid-19 virus as in an alkaline body there is no inflammatory hyper response, and innate and adaptive immunity would be working smoothly."All vegetables and fruits and all soil produce are alkaline, says the author. "They result in alkalization of the body. In addition, these earth products provide antioxidant effect, adaptogen effect, positivity, and pure energy. They are nature's alkaline pharmacy."Animal milk is a perfect example of how some foods of daily intake while not being very acidic outside the body "leave a large acidic residue when processed in the body".Lemons and tomatoes are examples of foods that, while being acidic, turn "alkaline once ingested". "Ginger, lemon, turmeric, aloe vera, ginseng root, etc. are foods that have more alkalinity and antioxidants packed in them. They could be called tonics. It is the alkalinity that gives the tonic effect. Turmeric, further, has a large content of zinc which is needed in all steps of the immune antibody response."Other foods that have alkalinity as well as nutrients densely packed in them are gooseberry, moringa leaves, avocado, berries, leafy greens, quinoa, olives, and nuts, among others. An acidic body, besides inviting diseases, will also "harbour an acidic mind, which is a mind in pre-anger, filled with suspicions, selfishness, feelings of superiority, forgetting earth synchronicity, and nurturing a false ego and pride. An acidic mind is incapable of listening to what Mother Earth is telling us", Koshy writes."An alkaline body is disease-free, with no lifestyle diseases. No cancerous changes can occur in an alkaline body. Alkalinity enables the body to follow the circadian rhythm of life. It also nurtures an alkaline mind which is a calm, all-inclusive mind, capable of listening to Mother Earth, and appreciates her magnificence," says the author. Dr Eapen Koshy completed his MBBS and MS in General Surgery from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India; Dip NB in General Surgery and FRCS fellowship from the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin. He has also published numerous papers on plastic surgery in a number of publications. He advocates living with nature and believes in a drugless world. He is also a marathon runner, yogi, and an ardent bridge player. --IANS vm/in
Hyderabad, May 13 (IANS) This is another heartbreaking story of a Covid warrior. A young lady doctor lost her battle to the deadly virus barely a week after delivering a baby.Dr. Farha Niloufer, 31, succumbed to the virus at Princess Esra Hospital in the old city of Hyderabad on Wednesday.The pediatrician, who was serving at government-run Area Hospital in Gajwel, continued working during the pandemic and did not avail maternity leave despite suggestions from her friends and colleagues. Known for her dedication, she was working in the out-patient department and was also on Covid vaccination duty. About 10 days ago she tested positive for Covid and was admitted to the private hospital in Hyderabad. Dr. Farha did her MBBS from Shadan Institute of Medical Sciences and MD in Pediatrics from Niloufer hospital, Hyderabad. An Assistant professor in pediatrics, she was posted as Clinical Associate at Area Hospital in Gajwel. The young doctor's death has shocked the medical fraternity. According to Hima Bindu, Professor, Kakatiya Medial College, Warangal, Dr. Farha died of Covid complications. She was put on ventilator three days ago. "She was very talented, dynamic and energetic doctor and was a very dedicated pediatrician," Hima Bindu said. Dr. Farha's colleagues at Gajwel hospital said they had advised her to take maternity leave but she ignored their suggestions, saying the hospital needs her services during the pandemic time. Telangana has so far lost 21 doctors to Covid during the second wave of the pandemic. Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association, an organization working for reforms in healthcare sector especially in rural areas of Telangana, has demanded exgratia for all healthcare workers who succumbed to Covid in the line of duty. --IANS ms/pgh
Chennai, May 12 (IANS) While people have been frantically running from pillar to post to get Oxygen for the near and dear ones who are gasping for breath and stories of exploitation coming from across the country, a Doctor in Tirupur has turned Good Samaritan with his noble act.Dr Shakthivel is running a multi speciality nursing home, "Shakthi Hospital" in the textile capital of South India, Tiruppur for the past several years. A general physician by profession, Dr Shakthivel had a compassion for the needy and those in distress and this love and care has led him to establish an "Oxygen Pandal" at his hospital premises for the sake of Covid patients who are running around for beds with oxygen facility.When an 80-year-old woman was gasping for breath at her home in Tiruppur, her relatives and neighbours were calling various hospitals to get a bed with oxygen for her. However, the answer was negative and that there was "No Bed", a common word which people are hearing these days through the country.However, they came to know of Dr Shakthivel's hospital and that "Shakthi Hospital" has established an "Oxygen Pandal" for those who are in need of oxygen. When they reached the hospital, it was past midnight and immediately she got a bed and oxygen was given to her. She survived.This is one of the many cases that is being witnessed in the textile city of south India often mentioned as the Manchester of the South and several patients suffering from Covid and in search of oxygen are being benefited by the largesse of this doctor.Dr Shakthivel while speaking to IANS said, "We have a small liquefied oxygen production unit and there was surplus oxygen and then I thought as to why don't we open a place in front of the hospital for patients who require oxygen, on the line of oxygen langars in Gurudwaras and this led to Oxygen Pandal."He adds, "We converted our car shed into an Oxygen Pandal and metallic sheets were placed as roof and five to six beds were established for patients to take rest and get oxygen. This has helped many patients and we feel thankful to the society as such for being with us in this trying and taxing moment when the whole humankind is facing innumerable issues due to this pandemic. I feel that I could do a small part in helping people suffering from this disease within my small means."Dr Sakthivel said that Tiruppur based NGO, "Nattrinai foundation" and its mentor and businessman "Majestic" Krishnan has extended support to the initiative of Dr Sakthivel and has provided assistance to establish the Oxygen pandal in the hospital.Krishnan of Nattrinai foundation who is basically a garment exporter while speaking to IANS said, "Nattrinai foundation was established recently and we are now extending whatever support we can to aid Covid patients. We supported Dr Sakthivel for providing free oxygen at his hospital premises and now we have ordered for Oxygen concentrators, five of which are to reach us on Wednesday. Hope this will also help us to provide support to more people."The hospital produces 30 cylinders of oxygen each with a capacity of 7000 liters.All the sixty beds for the Covid patients in the hospital are occupied and Doctor Sakthivel found that several patients were reaching the hospital for oxygen support and hence he went ahead with the project.Dr Sakthivel said, "We do provide medicines also for the patients in Oxygen pandal and we don't charge them for oxygen or for medicines. Most of the cases are coming at night as there won't be any availability of beds at the night time and during the day after their oxygen level is stable, the family would get them beds in some hospital and this stopgap arrangement is helping patients come out of their immediate problem."This initiative of Dr Sakthivel and Majestic Krishnan can be an eye opener for other hospitals and philanthropists and can turn the tables against the deadly pandemic. --IANSaal/skp/