All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) and the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) jointly organized an Interactive meeting for Research and Education in Ayush with a focus on R& D, Education, and capacity building today at New Delhi.
The objective of the interactive meeting was to brainstorm and set goals to capitalize on the expertise and experience of the Chairs in academic and research avenues. The participants discussed the research education ecosystem in Ayush Colleges, at both graduation and post-graduation levels. The meeting was focused on Research & Development, Education & capacity building in the Ayush sector. All the Directors presented their success stories.
On this occasion, Vd. Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary of the Ministry of Ayush, said “Today we all have gathered here to brainstorm how we can collectively use the expertise and knowledge of the distinguished chair and set up the goal for the future. The pandemic allowed Ayush to develop their science, and Ayush did it by developing Ayush 64, etc.”.
Pramod Kumar Pathak, Special Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, said “This meeting will help researchers to get the insights from Ayush Distinguished Chairs and know their experience in their field. An initiative like today’s was the need of the hour. The Ministry of Ayush is working to promote Ayush’s patents and research”.
Welcoming everyone Prof. Tanuja Nesari, Director of AIIA said, “It is a historic movement when Administrators, Policy makers, Education experts, Researchers, and distinguished Scientists have come under one platform. This platform gives us an opportunity to create an evidence-based Ayurveda creating disciplinary model and integration.
Prof. Vd Rabinarayan Acharya, Director General CCRAS, said “When we compare Ayush with Chinese alternative method of treatment, it has much more potential to go high. During COVID time Ayush system has registered more clinical studies, in comparison to the Chinese system of medicines. It is high time to give much priority to research,”.
The meeting was attended by Heads of all Ayush National Institutions, Research, Councils, and advisors of MoA, Chairman of NCSIM Vaidya Jayant Deopujari, and NCH Dr. Anil Khurana including five newly- distinguished appointed scientists Ayush Distinguished Scientist Chairs Dr. Nandini K. Kumar (Interdisciplinary Clinical Research), Dr. Arvind Chopra, (Public health and Epidemiology), Dr. Sharmila Shekhar Mande (Ayurveda Biology and Basic Sciences), Dr. Madhu Dikshit (Pharmaceutical Drug Development) and Dr. B.N. Gangadhar (Consciousness and Cognitive Sciences). The meeting occurred in the August presence of Sec Ministry of Ayush Vd Rajesh Kotecha, Special Secretary P.K. Pathak, and Prof (Dr) Tanuja Nesari, Director, AIIA, Prof. (Vd.) Rabi Narayan Acharya, Director General (CCRAS) MDNIY Director Dr. Ishwar V. Basavaraddi and Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan, National Ayush Chairs, Directors of National Institute, and research councils.
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Ministry of Ayush has launched a special edition of the official research publication of the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Journal of Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (JRAS) focused on the “Impact of Mann ki Baat on Ayush Sector”. Minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping & Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal today launched the special edition of the journal in the presence of Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, of Ayush, and senior officials of the Ministry.
In his address, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Prime Minister’s “Mann ki Baat” conversations have been instrumental in giving a positive trust to Ayush. With its innovative and unique interactive style of presentation, the radio program has carved out a niche for itself and has become popular among communities. The content of this special edition of the journal has taken inspiration from various thoughts of our PM on the Ayush sector.”
Ayush has been mentioned in about 37 of the “Mann Ki Baat” episodes. The Prime Minister had urged citizens to adopt a healthy lifestyle, practice yoga, and adopt evidence-based Ayurveda and imbibe the Ayurveda way of life into their lifestyle. As a result of the Prime Minister’s efforts to promote the Ayush sector, there has been an increase in awareness about the benefits of traditional Indian systems of medicine, not only in India but also globally.
The content of the special edition of the journal is inspired by various conversations of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on Ayush systems during the last 9 years. It highlights the impact of “Mann ki Baat” on the Ayush sector and how Ayush is becoming a fundamental pillar of the country’s national health policy and health interventions. A total of 24 articles by renowned experts are included in 7 potential areas i.e. Policy & Public Health, Science & Evidence, Health Education & Awareness, Yoga & Swasthavritta (Lifestyle, Exercise, Food, Nutrition), War against Corona, Industry & Academia Collaboration and Globalization & International Cooperation.
The special edition includes a special message from Minister of Ayush Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of State for Ayush Dr. Munjapara Mahendrabhai. Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, secretary, Ministry of Ayush, eminent authors from academia (like Dr. BN Gangadhar, NMC and former Director NIMHANS), Industry (Like Acharya Balkrishna of Patanjali, Dr. C K Katiyar of Emami), Research (Dr. Viswajanani Sattigeri of CSIR-TKDL), Clinicians, experts (Dr. Rajendra A Badwe, Director, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai), Biotechnology experts (Kalpana Joshi, Professor, and Head Biotechnology, Savitribhai Phule Pune University), International experts and stakeholders (from Germany, Sweden, and USA) have contributed in this edition.
Journal of Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (JRAS) is a peer-reviewed, open access, UGC-CARE-listed official publication of the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), New Delhi. The Journal is published quarterly and is available in both print and online forms. It is a multidisciplinary platform for the publication of research in Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Siddha, and Homeopathy fields including interdisciplinary health sciences. The journal is published by Medknow, which is a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, one of the largest open-access publishers worldwide with more than 450+ medical journals in its portfolio.
Also, Read This in Hindi► मन की बात संवाद आयुष को सकारात्मक विश्वास प्रदान करने में मददगार - सर्बानंद सोनोवाल
Even as the world gets into recovery mode post-pandemic, many people are still grappling with the symptoms of long Covid. According to the WHO, if you have recovered from Covid-19 but some symptoms stay stubborn, such as shortness of breath, brain fog, and fatigue, the condition is known as long Covid. Long Covid symptoms also include palpitations, insomnia, gastric problems such as bloating, acidity, irritable bowel, muscle weakness, and mobility issues.
Any microbe that enters the body causes toxicity, resulting in the imbalance of Doshas or bio-energies of one's body. Our bodies are prone to infectious diseases when we have a weak immune system, and Panchakarma along with other curative Ayurveda treatments helps to strengthen the immune system. In Ayurveda, the Panchakarma procedure is used as a prophylactic to prevent infectious diseases and incidentally can also help to prevent a relapse.
In the case of a Covid patient who has tested negative for the virus, the Vaidyas (doctors) at CGH Earth recommend the Panchakarma procedure to strengthen and fortify the body. However, such procedures cannot be administered soon after recovery, though other Ayurvedic treatments for insomnia, anxiety, stress-related disorders, and immune boosting can be done.
To do the Panchakarma cleansing procedures, it is recommended to allow the body to heal itself -- for up to say two months in order for the energy levels to get back to normal or near normal. This is the same recommendation that Ayurveda would give for a person who has undergone surgery or some serious illness; a gap of two or three months before undergoing the Panchakarma.
Meanwhile, the degree of long Covid symptoms varies from patient to patient and therefore the treatment protocols vary as well. The doctor will need to watch and assess when the patient is ready to undergo only one or multiple karmas which are part of the Panchakarma procedure.
Long Covid patients suffer from respiratory problems and also issues related to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, cardiac-related conditions, neurological conditions, and brain and kidney issues. Covid also affects the sense organs wherein some people lose their sense of smell, taste, hearing, and vision for an extended period of time. Many, post Covid suffer from insomnia, brain fog, and anxiety.
Although Panchakarma has immense health benefits, it is critical that for post-Covid patients the energy level is checked prior to putting them on any treatments, as they are tiring processes that do initially lower one's energy. Panchakarma procedures include detoxification of the body. This is a necessary stage of treatment as the disease-causing microbes bring a lot of toxins into the body and if they remain in the body, Ayurvedic treatments cannot address the conditions that have manifested internally.
For Kapha-related lung infections, chest pain, and infected pleural cavities the patient is treated with Herbal drug-induced vomiting or Vamana (one of the deep cleansing Panchakarma procedures). Likewise for gastric infection or if the liver or pancreas is affected purgation is advised. Meanwhile, the main procedure for problems related to sensory organs like loss of smell or taste is Nasya i.e.: nasal treatment.
For those affected by arthritis, degenerating muscles, or skin lesions; Vasti or medicated enemas are prescribed. It is to be noted that this is not merely Colon cleansing but the administration of special medicines into the colon and rectum where the medications in them are easily absorbed internally.
Alongside the Panchakarma procedures, secondary treatments or "Upakarmas" are also administered to the patients. "Tharpanam" which is administered for the eyes and "Karnapuranam" for the ears are treatments that Ayurveda prescribes for patients who have long Covid conditions related to these sensory organs. Treatments like "Njavarakizhi" and "Pizhichil" also aid in correcting the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha imbalances and help rejuvenate and rebuild the body from the inside out.
Herbal medications are administered to improve the immune system. In particular, those with respiratory tract issues benefit from these prescribed herbal medicines by improving their lung capacity and removal of excess accumulation of phlegm or fibroids. These medicines are beneficial for those with GI tract issues.
Regularly strengthening the body with herbal preparations after a course of Panchakarma, helps to keep Covid and other infectious diseases at bay. In Ayurveda, the course of medication can last from three to six months and in some cases where the patient is very weak, it is prescribed for a year. (Dr. Firoz Varun is an Ayurveda Doctor at CGH Earth Kalari Rasayana Ayurveda Hospital)
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The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) and the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), the two prominent institutions under the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India for regulating medical education and conducting scientific research respectively, have launched ‘SMART’ (Scope for Main streaming Ayurveda Research in Teaching Professionals) program aimed to boost scientific research in priority healthcare research areas through Ayurveda colleges and hospitals.
The program was launched today by Vaidya Jayant Deopujari, Chairman, NCISM and Prof. Rabinarayan Acharya, Director General, CCRAS in the presence of Prof. B. S. Prasad, President of Board of Ayurveda, NCISM and other senior officials.
Vaidya Jayant Deopujari, Chairman, NCISM, lauded the initiative and said, “I am confident that this program has the potential to transform clinical research in Ayurveda. It was observed that the research potential of the large community of Ayurveda teachers remains under utilised mostly. Therefore, the ‘SMART’ program will have a deep long term rejuvenating impact on research in the field of Ayurveda and it will be a great service to the nation, I congratulate CCRAS for this initiative and ensure all support on behalf of NCISM.”
While highlighting key points of ‘SMART’, Prof. Vaidya Rabinarayan Acharya, Director General, CCRAS said, “The proposed initiative is conceptualised with an objective to identify, support and promote innovative research ideas in healthcare research areas including Osteoarthritis, Iron Deficiency Anaemia, Chronic Bronchitis, Dyslipidemia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, Psoriasis, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)”.
He also added, “The eligible Ayurveda academic institutions may apply by 10 January, 2023. All details regarding contact information, eligibility criteria and application process has been shared to all recognized academic institutions and hospitals through NCISM”.
Prof. B. S. Prasad, President of Board of Ayurveda, NCISM, mentioned, “The large network of Ayurveda colleges and hospitals across the country is an asset for the country in terms of its healthcare needs. This network has not only been offering healthcare services in hardest times, but it also has contributed significantly in terms of healthcare research in the country. The ‘SMART’ program will certainly motivate teachers for taking up projects in designated areas of healthcare research and create a large database.”
Also, Read in Hindi► आयुर्वेद प्रोफेशनलों के लिए स्मार्ट’ कार्यक्रम
आयुष की बढ़ती वैश्विक मांग के बीच, भारतीय चिकित्सा पद्धति के क्षेत्र में संस्थान और अस्पताल तेजी से चिकित्सा बुनियादी ढांचे और सुविधाओं का आधुनिकीकरण कर रहे हैं। आयुष मंत्रालय के केन्द्रीय आयुर्वेदीय विज्ञान अनुसंधान परिषद् (सीसीआरएएस) के तहत दो प्रमुख संस्थान केन्द्रीय आयुर्वेद अनुसंधान संस्थान (सीएआरआई), नई दिल्ली और केन्द्रीय आयुर्वेद अनुसंधान संस्थान, झांसी को क्रमशः एनएबीएच और एनएबीएल की आधिकारिक मान्यता मिल गई है।
उल्लेखनीय है कि एनएबीएच भारतीय गुणवत्ता परिषद का मूल बोर्ड है, जिसकी स्थापना स्वास्थ्य सेवा संगठनों के मान्यता कार्यक्रमों को स्थापित करने और उन्हें चलाने के लिए की गई है। आधिकारिक मान्यता राष्ट्रीय/अंतर्राष्ट्रीय मानकों के आधार पर रोगी सुरक्षा और स्वास्थ्य देखभाल की गुणवत्ता पर ध्यान केंद्रित करती है।
इस उपलब्धि पर आयुष मंत्रालय के सचिव वैद्य राजेश कोटेचा ने दोनों संस्थानों के अधिकारियों और कर्मचारियों को उनके समर्पण और निरंतर प्रयासों के लिए बधाई दी। आयुष भवन, नई दिल्ली में औपचारिक रूप से आयोजित कार्यक्रम में आयुष मंत्रालय के विशेष सचिव श्री प्रमोद कुमार पाठक, दोनों संस्थानों के प्रतिनिधि उपस्थित थे।
केन्द्रीय आयुर्वेद अनुसंधान संस्थान, नई दिल्ली की स्थापना वर्ष 1979 में आयुष मंत्रालय के केन्द्रीय आयुर्वेदीय विज्ञान अनुसंधान परिषद् (सीसीआरएएस) के तहत की गई थी और यह आयुर्वेद में नैदानिक अनुसंधान के लिए समर्पित है और यह सामान्य ओपीडी के माध्यम से आयुर्वेद में विशेष ओपीडी, सुरक्षात्मक हृदय रोग विज्ञान और जीवन शैली की चुनौतियों, कान और नाक की ओपीडी, जराचिकित्सा ओपीडी, बालरोग, संधिरोग, क्लिनिकल साइकोलॉजी और मर्म ओपीडी के रूप में स्वास्थ्य देखभाल सेवाओं का विस्तार करता है। इस तरह की महत्वपूर्ण स्वास्थ्य सेवा की पेशकश, एनएबीएच मान्यता प्राप्त संस्थान में आने वाले हजारों रोगियों के स्वास्थ्य संबंधी उद्देश्यों को बदल देगी।
सीसीआरएएस-सीएआरआई, झांसी (उत्तर प्रदेश) को एनएबीएल की मान्यता
केन्द्रीय आयुर्वेद अनुसंधान संस्थान, झांसी (उत्तर प्रदेश) सीसीआरएएस, आयुष मंत्रालय के प्रमुख संस्थानों में से एक है, जिसमें अत्याधुनिक गुणवत्ता नियंत्रण प्रयोगशालाएं (रसायन विज्ञान, सूक्ष्म जीव विज्ञान, फार्माकोग्नॉसी), आयुर्वेदिक फार्मेसी, सेंट्रल हर्बेरियम और संग्रहालय, और नेशनल रॉ ड्रग्स रिपॉजिटरी (एनआरडीआर) हैं।
इन दो सीसीआरएएस संस्थानों के अलावा, पंचकर्म के लिए राष्ट्रीय आयुर्वेद अनुसंधान संस्थान (एनएआरआईपी), चेरुथुरुथी, त्रिशूर, केरल को भी अपनी नैदानिक प्रयोगशाला सेवाओं के लिए एनएबीएल एम (ईएल) टी की आधिकारिक मान्यता प्राप्त है। एनएआरआईपी, केरल केंद्रीय आयुर्वेदिक विज्ञान अनुसंधान परिषद, आयुष मंत्रालय के अंतर्गत प्रमुख अनुसंधान संस्थाओं में से एक है।
Covid-19 has created mayhem globally. The WHO has termed COVID-19 as a Pandemic, which is an epidemic that spreads across continents.
India is in a better position than most other countries in trying to contain and prevent the spread. India has the rich heritage of Ayurveda and knowingly or unknowingly every Indian has grown up with Ayurveda as a way of life.
Ayurveda is a Vedic medical science that focuses on living a healthy life. The science advocates treating the disease and ensuring no recurrence. Many references are found in Ayurveda’s ancient texts to trace the roots of an epidemic. Mankind has three Doshas that build the human constitution and are also are responsible for a variety of diseases along with various Dushyas.
COVID-19 can be roughly compared to epidemics described in Ayurveda texts, caused by contaminated air, water, land, and a disturbed Rutucharya (Charak Viman 3, Janapadodhwansa also described by Sushruta in Sushrut Samhita, Sutrastahn, 6)
Environmental changes caused by man’s interference with the bio-ecology in which he lives, as well as pollution due to depletion of natural resources, may be the cause for the destruction of communities and could justify the attribution to karma given here as a cause of vitiation.
Another reference that describes the symptoms of COVID-19 is seen in Charakasamhita, Nidan Sthana, Jwara Nidan, Aagantuj Jwara. The disease is caused due to exogenous factors like Bhutaabhishaynga (due to micro-organisms mentioned by Charaka) and Rakshasa ( demons in the form of viruses and bacteria mentioned by Sushruta) and the SARS-CoV-2 Virus, in this case.
The Jwara is due to external reasons and appears independent at first but later shows signs and symptoms of Nija Jwara (endogenous fevers). However, these Aagantuja Jwaras have their etiological factors and treatments.
A comparative table of signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and those mentioned in Sushrut Samhita, Sutrasthan, 6 is given below:
तस्य प्रकृतिरुद्दिष्टा दोषाः शारीरमानसाः|
देहिनं न हि निर्दोषं ज्वरः समुपसेवते||१२|| Charaka Chikitsasthana, Jwara Chikitsa
This sutra states that if the physical and mental state of the body is in equilibrium, Jwara will not arise. Chakrapani Datta has commented on this, by enhancing the point of treatment of Aagantuj Jwara as per Nija Jwara. (Ayurveda Dipika)
Also, one reference must be mentioned here that Chakrapani Datta was born in the 11th Century, and Allopathic Medicine was discovered in the 19th Century, which proves that a much deeper study of Epidemics was done in Ayurveda much before Allopathic studies.
In the following table, the WHO guidelines and preventive measures advocated are compared to the measures stated in Ayurvedic ancient scholarly texts:
Guidelines by the WHO
Guidelines in Ayurvedic Samhitas
Physical Distancing , Quarantine,
Avoiding mass gatherings
स्थानपरित्याग, return home (Sushruta)
Physical and Respiratory Hygiene
नीचरोमनखश्मश्रुर्निर्मलाङ्घ्रिमलायनः स्नानशीलः सुसुरभिः सुवेषो अनुल्बणोज्ज्वलः।। (Vagbhat)
Urban Lifestyle is one of the main reasons for Apacharaja Prakruti, which is nothing but a temporary state of Vikruti. Here, Roga Bala, and Rugna Agni play a very important role as far as the severity of the disease is concerned.
As urbanization increased, the rate of contamination of the four factors, water, air, land, and time (kaala), was faster. If the environment suffers, the result will be seen in the form of mutated crops and new illnesses in animals. The quality of basic food such as Milk, Grains, Pulses, Poultry, etc will be compromised and as a result, nutritional deficiencies will be seen in human beings to a larger extent. In addition, excessive use of pesticides in crops, injecting steroids in poultry, etc will result in hormonal imbalance and weak immunity in human beings.
The urban population focuses more on social status than on the status of individual health. Ignoring and breaking all rules of Aahara, Vihara, and Aachara lead to various lifestyle diseases and low immunity. Following Sadvrutta and Swasthavrutta is the key to a healthy lifestyle, which will not only prevent us from COVID-19 but also any other epidemic in the future.
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