The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today has given its approval for changing the nomenclature & mandate of the North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM) as North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Folk Medicine Research (NEIAFMR).
Details: Keeping in view the need, the proposal to change the nomenclature and mandate of North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM) to North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Folk Medicine Research (NEIARMR) for imparting quality Education and Research in Ayurveda & Folk Medicine at Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh. The consequential changes will also be carried out in the Memorandum of Association & Rules and Regulations.
Impact: The inclusion of Ayurveda within the mandate of the Institute will be highly beneficial for the people of the North East region for imparting quality education and research in Ayurveda and Folk medicine. The institute will also provide opportunities for students of Ayurveda and Folk medicine not only in India but also the neighbouring countries such as Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, Nepal, China and other Central Asian countries.
Background: The NEIFM, Pasighat was established for systemic research, documentation and validation of traditional folk medicine and health practices of the region. The objectives for which the Institute was established include to function as an apex research centre for all aspects of Folk Medicine, to create an interface between traditional healers and scientific research, survey, documentation and validation of folk medicine practices, remedies and therapies for possible usage in public health care and future research etc.
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An MoU was signed between Jamnagar based Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) under the Ministry of Ayush and the Government of Gujarat in the presence of the Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Nitinbhai Patel and Secretary, Ministry of AyushVaidya Rajesh Kotecha on 15th July 2021.
Through this MoU, all the institutions functioning in the Ayurveda campus in Jamnagar have been brought under the umbrella of ITRA, the only institution under the Ministry of Ayush that has been accorded the status of Institute of National Importance (INI). Underlining the importance of the MoU, shriNitinbhai said that this will pave the way of the strengthening of the education system in all branches of Ayurveda.
The MoU was exchanged between the Director, ITRA, Prof. Dr. Anup Thakar and Shri H.P. Jhala, I/C Registrar, Gujarat Ayurveda University.
“This arrangement will result, in due course, in the opening of new doors in the fields of education, research and medicine,” said the Deputy CM on the occasion of the signing ceremony. It is hoped that in the field of Ayurveda, it will be easier to prepare new teaching, medical and research methods and the study-research process will be intensified, expanding the overall scope of Ayurveda education and research.
Addressing the gathering, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha said that in the field of Ayurveda, it will be easier to prepare new teaching, medical and research methods. He said that the study and research process can be made more in-depth and ITRA will be an exemplary institution for Ayurveda education and reshaping research institutes across the country.
Read in Hindi► इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ टीचिंग एंड रिसर्च इन आयुर्वेद (आईटीआरए) और गुजरात सरकार के बीच समझौते पर हस्ताक्षर
Lucknow - 'Kitchen Ayurveda' has now been included in the AYUSH Kavach app.
Through the app, the AYUSH department will be educating people about the benefits of turmeric, ajwain, cloves, nutmeg and other items available in the kitchen.
This information can be accessed by anyone using the 'Ayurveda Kitchen' feature on the 'Ayush Kavach' app.
Apart from this, the AYUSH department has also included many such features on the Ayush Kavach app, including videos of renowned Ayurveda Gurus, who will be defining the best possible ways to use the items available in the kitchen.
A.K. Dixit, the officer-in-charge of the Department of AYUSH, said that with Kitchen Ayurveda, "Preventive measures to boost the immunity against cold, cough and other infections can easily be taken at home.
Ayurveda guru Dr Vandana Pathak said that correct information has been given by Ayurveda experts in the app.
Many videos of home remedies have been uploaded on the Ayush Kavach app that have information on how to cure infections with mustard, turmeric, mulethi, clove, cumin, and other items.
Dr Pathak said, "Over 2,000 people watch videos at a time. In fact, informative videos on how to beat diseases like cold, acidity, pain, menstruation, diabetes through home remedies have also been uploaded on the app." she added.
The 'Ayush Kavach App' was launched by chief minister Yogi Adityanath on May 5, 2020, with the aim to boost the immunity of the people against COVID-19 and other infections through Ayurvedic medicines.
Experts believe that Ayurveda is an ancient practice and all the diseases can be healed with Ayurvedic practice.
The app broke all the records in popularity and currently, has over 20 lakh subscribers. (IANS)
Thiruvananthapuram, P.K. Warrier, the flag-bearer of Ayurveda and one of the popular exponents of Kerala's traditional medicine system, passed away at the age of 100 at his hometown in Malappuram district on Saturday.
Condolences have started pouring in following his demise.
Recalling his personal experience, Former Defence Minister A.K. Antony said one day he received a call from the then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, saying that the then Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike was unwell and was unable to walk so after several discussions it was decided she would undergo Ayurvedic treatment.
"It was decided that she (Sirimavo Bandaranaike) will fly down to Thiruvananthapuram and stay at the official residence of the Kerala Governor while a team of Ayurveda doctors led by Warrier began their treatment. She came on a stretcher and I was there to receive her at the airport but after the treatment, when I went to see her off I saw her smiling and walking smartly," Antony added.
"Warrier was a humble and simple person but was a storehouse of knowledge in his subject. One of the foremost Ayurveda exponents has left us which is a huge loss," said Antony.
He had turned 100 in June this year but was infected with Covid-19, following which he was suffering from urinary ailments.
He was the managing trustee of the Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, an Ayurveda treatment centre which produces Ayurveda medicines.
He was a recipient of the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010. His wife was late Madhavikutty K. Warrier, a poet.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan condoled the demise of P.K. Warrier.
"As a physician, he was committed to the scientific pursuit of Ayurveda. He will be remembered for his outstanding contribution to the modernisation of Ayurveda. As a humanist, he envisioned a life of good health and dignity for everyone in society. The demise of P.K. Warrier is a huge loss for medical fraternity," Khan said.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it was Warrier's efforts which gave Ayurveda a new dimension and acceptability across the globe because of his strong scientific base with which he was able to present and project Ayurveda.
Read In Hindi ► कोट्टक्कल आर्य वैद्य शाला के प्रबंध न्यासी पी.के. वॉरियर का 100 साल की उम्र में निधन
PADMASHRI P. K. WARRIER, ARYA VAIDYA SALA, KOTTAKKAL - L I F E P R O F I L E
MAN OF VISION AND ACTION
Padmashri Panniyampilly Krishna Warrier was born on June 5, 1921 in Malabar district of the Madras presidency. He studied Ayurveda in Arya Vaidya Pathasala, in the village of Kottakkal, in the Southern Indian state of Kerala. where he graduated as Aryavaidyan. In 1954, he was catapulted into the position of Managing Trustee of the then small Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS) in Kottakal. He has administered the entire institution ever since, concurrently holding the position of AVS’s Chief Physician. Under his stewardship, AVS has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is recognized as India’s premier Ayurvedic Treatment and Research Center, a multifaceted institution, where authentic Ayurveda is practiced and research in Ayurveda and related areas is undertaken. Its objective is for Ayurveda to be internationally recognized as a robust, scientific system of healthcare, capable of meeting all challenges emerging in the course of time, particularly those caused by today’s changing lifestyles. Arya Vaidya Sala has become a premier destination for scholars, students and patients alike, both from within India and overseas. Kottakkal is now a synonym for authentic Ayurveda. It considers treatment of patients as its primary mission. Over 800,000 people benefit every year from free consultations at its hospitals, twenty-two branches are located in different parts of India.
Dr. Warrier is an exponent of holistic medicine. While practicing and propagating Ayurveda as a scientific system of healthcare, he also acknowledges the validity of other systems and keeps himself up to date with advances in other fields. He points out those aspects of the World Trade Organization’s initiatives on patents and TRIPS with implications for Ayurveda and indigenous systems of healthcare. Similarly, he was a strong supporter of the World Health Organization’s Alma Ata Declaration, advocating co-operative efforts in the field of medicine. He popularized the message contained in the UN declaration through his speeches and writings. His statesmanlike support for the Alma Ata Declaration won universal acclaim. Dr. Warrier’s writings and speeches on inter- and intra disciplinary subjects have greatly enriched contemporary medical literature. He has written many papers, of which a collection in Malayalam has been published under the title–‘Padamudrakal’–speeches and writings of P. K. Warrier. He has also focused attention and passion on Ayurvedic education in colleges and universities. As Secretary of Arya Vaidya Samajam, he has guided the growth of the Vaidyaratnam P.S. Warrier Ayurveda College (previously Arya Vaidya Pathasala) for over two decades, during the time when it was upgraded to an Ayurveda College. He has also served as Dean of Ayurveda Faculty, Calicut University and Chairman of its Board of Studies. In recognition of his unique academic achievements, the University of Calicut conferred on him the degree of D. Litt. in May 1999. He was twice elected as president of the All India Ayurveda Congress, once in 1981 and again in 2003.
P. K. Warrier Dr. Warrier has made special efforts to incorporate scientific advances and technological innovations in AVS. Manufacturing processes have been upgraded to enhance their efficacy and ensure product quality, always taking care not to deviate from the basic tenets laid down in the classical texts. An efficient quality control laboratory has been established to test and certify both raw materials and finished products. Under his initiative, research on different fields of Ayurveda has been organized and carried out. Clinical research is his forte. Continuously sustained research programs in the fields of rheumatoid arthritis and treatment and alleviation of pain in cancer cases have been undertaken with encouraging results. Extensive research has been completed on endangered plant species in collaboration with nationally and internationally reputed bodies like the Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, IDRC (Canada) and Sir Dorabji Tata Memorial Trust. As a Research Institution, Arya Vaidya Sala is now recognized by the Government of India’s Ministry of Science and Technology. Its Department of Biotechnology has extended assistance in implementing research programs on medicinal plant conservation. In 1996, the Russian Medical Association invited him to attend its Ayurvedic Seminar in Moscow. In 1998, he led a team from Kottakkal to participate in the two-day Ayurveda Conference, ‘Ayurveda for the 21st Century - Paradigm for Health’ in New York. He chaired its Scientific Session, presenting a paper on Panchakarma. He also lectured at New York City’s India Club to World Bank and IMF Executives. Many took advantage of his presence in the city for clinical consultations. This extensive tour and interaction with dignitaries generated a great deal of international interest in Ayurveda.
As Head of India’s premier Ayurvedic institution and as a person actively engaged in the study of science, he has held high positions in many national and international committees. He has utilized such forums effectively to further his mission of popularizing Ayurveda and reaching out to those suffering from all kinds of health problems. An ardent advocate of medical ethics, he strongly disapproves all tendencies for medical practitioners to transgress their legally permitted fields of practice and to exploit the ignorance of laymen. He has opposed all trends to commercialize Ayurveda, never compromising his principles.
Dr. P.K. Warrier has shown active interest in social movements for his whole life. He has been involved in almost all the social and cultural movements of his time. He opines that experiences of such social work have made him more considerate, caring and compassionate.
Arya Vaidya Sala forms his extended family. When colleagues, workers in industry or eminent persons from academic and cultural fields come to him seeking help or advice, he treats all equally, extending help with affection and consideration, a benevolent patriarch not only to his family, but to all who come to AVS. More than anything else, he is loved and respected as a physician. Patients come to Kottakkal from everywhere for his healing touch. Wherever he goes, at home or abroad, patients wait for consultations.
Padmashri Dr. P.K. Warrier’s story is one of successes achieved through dynamic action, stimulated by an almost missionary zeal to reach out to the ailing and suffering and give them succor and hope through his constant efforts to attain their desired goal. His story, extraordinary in itself, tells how a single man, in a half century of untiring effort, has transformed an ordinary institution in a tiny village into a multi-unit, multi-crore international service organization, now almost synonymous with Ayurveda itself.
(Courtesty - Journal of Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine | January 2010 | Vol 1 | Issue 1 67 )
Thiruvananthapuram, Amid fears of a third wave, over 1,500 Ayurveda experts in the country are set to come together and discuss on developing and adopting a uniform treatment protocol for Covid cases among children.
The two-day online conference starting on Sunday is being organised by Kerala-headquartered Vaidyaratnam Group, which has deep roots in the Indian Ayurveda as part of its Founder's Commemoration Day ceremony.
Vaidyaratnam Group's conference on Covid and post-Covid Ayurvedic management of paediatric cases comes in the backdrop of growing fears that children may be the worst hit by the likely third wave of Covid.
The conference will also see participation from paediatrics and experts from leading institutes like All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), New Delhi, Ayurveda Medical College, Kannur and National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, sharing their clinical experience with case studies from the current and previous Covid cycles.
As per the latest studies, the third wave of Covid may affect the age group up to 18.
E.T. Neelakandhan Mooss, director, Vaidyaratnam Group said the expected outcome of the seminar is to develop a treatment protocol in the Covid management of paediatric cases with advice from the expert panel and have a scientific approach towards Covid and post-Covid management in adults.
Vaidyaratnam is actively involved in prevention, Covid management and post-Covid management, including free post-Covid out-patients and medications for patients in below poverty line segments.
Last month, the Ayush ministry released detailed guidelines to deal with Covid cases in children stressing the need for preventive treatment (Prophylaxes) as the most effective approach to protect children from this deadly virus.
Tanuja Nesari, director of All India Institute of Ayurveda, an autonomous organisation under the ministry of Ayush will explain the approach of Ayush department towards the Covid management and measures taken to address the expected third wave which may affect infants and kids.
Ayurveda has so far played a major role in both the first and second waves of the Covid in terms of treating mild to moderate cases.
With the medical infrastructure in many parts of the country coming under severe stress during the second wave, experts are of the view that Ayurveda will have a crucial role to play during the anticipated third wave. (IANS)
Out of a number of deficiencies that bring health problems in general and to women in particular, iron deficiency is the leading one. Iron is necessary for producing haemoglobin that carries oxygen in the blood. When our metabolic system lacks enough iron, our body doesn't get the required energy. And it happens due to the lack of iron in the diet, or when the body itself is unable to absorb iron from the food we eat.
Ayurveda, being a science of life and longevity recognises the importance of having adequate iron levels for good health, especially for women.
Dr Saurabh Sharma, Medical Superintendent, Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital, says: "Women are one of the vibrant lots, who play multiple roles in their lives that demand focus and integrative energy. However, due to over-burdening of work and the lack of proper dietary intake, sometimes, their bodies hold them back from performing at par in every sphere. And probably that is due to iron deficiency. Actually, iron deficiency could lead to fatigue, headaches, dizziness, damaged hair and skin, heart palpitations etc. These problems can often deprive them of maintaining a healthy work-life balance and hampers the work ecosystem. Also, the iron-deficiency leads to anaemia."
Adding further, he said, "It is seen that due to multiplicity of work, women suffer from fatigue and tiredness, low immunity, frequent headaches, pale skin, brittle nails, pale lips, hair loss, restless leg syndrome, depression and shortness of breath. And these problems may be due to iron deficiency because one out of 3 people is prone to iron deficiency. And the requirement of iron deficiency can't be fulfilled by the regular diet because our body can only extract 3 per cent iron from the plant source and 15 per cent from animal source diets. Therefore, to fulfil the requirement of iron that our body, especially the body of women needs Ayurvedic iron supplements, which correct the iron deficiency and anaemia."
It takes a while to develop symptoms of iron deficiency because the body uses stored and recycled iron to form new blood cells. And when the body is not able to provide enough iron, red blood cells begin to deplete, which is called the iron deficiency.
Ram Shrivastava, Director, Maharishi Ayurveda, says: "Iron deficiency is a commonly occurring problem, which is especially found in women. This is one of the major causes of anaemia. This is a critical mineral that helps the body in producing red blood cells (RBC) that contain metalloprotein, which carries oxygen molecules and nutrition for cells in the blood.
Lesser number of RBCs means lesser nutritional supply and oxygenation of cells, which depletes tissues and weakens organs of the body. However, herbal iron supplements increase the number of RBCs in the blood and rejuvenate all the organs of the body and cure problems like fatigue, lethargy, breathlessness, and stress effectively. Apart from these, it might be useful for the COVID infected patients, whose Hb levels are dipping followed by aches and pains."
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