Thiruvananthapuram, July 13 (IANS) Ayurveda experts have suggested that modern healthcare and the traditional system can complement each other to effectively control the pandemic and protect more lives.Addressing a virtual conference organised by the Kerala-headquartered Vaidyaratnam Group, experts of the ancient healthcare system said that by blending classical theory and practice with modern science, ayurveda has managed to effectively treat mild to moderate cases of Covid in the country."Synergy between tradition supported by technology is the new normal that we have to take forward. We need to retain and revive this traditional knowledge on the basis of scientific rigor," said Tanuja Nesari, director, All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), New Delhi.The virtual ceremony was organised as part of founder's commemoration day of the Vaidyaratnam Group.Addressing the second and concluding day of the conference, Nesari noted that a significant 99.99 per cent of the patients who were treated for Covid had recovered well at AIIA's Covid care centre.Sharing her experience of treating Covid patients, with ayurveda practitioners from across India, she said that each and every patient was supported by yoga, diet, lifestyle, recreation and the treatment was also aided by technology."We have retained the classical crux, the principle theory and practices of ayurveda, developed our own holistic treatment protocol and it's all supported by conventional bio-medical tools of investigation like MRI, CT Scan, ventilators, RT-PCR test, oxygen therapists."According to the director of Vaidyaratnam Group, E.T. Neelakandhan Mooss, the judicious use of advancements in other streams of science has helped validating ayurveda in the global platform, where the tag of "traditional medicine" got replaced with "evidence based medicine".Describing Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Research Institute (VARI) as one such place where expert scientists integrate ayurveda with the latest technology, he said that the advancement in the field of ayurvedic raw drug agriculture using 'Miyawaki' method to the identification of new drug delivery systems are backed up by the latest trends of science and technology."Thus, the Vaidyaratnam Group has always been trying to scientifically update its different verticals like cultivation, medicine manufacturing, process validation, drug discovery and healthcare without losing its quality," he said.With children likely to be more susceptible to Covid infection during the anticipated third wave amidst a slow pace of vaccination in many parts of the country, the two day conference held to formulate a uniform ayurveda treatment protocol for children also underlined the need for preventive measures.Experts emphasised the need for proper diet, healthy lifestyle, recreation and yoga, along with Covid appropriate behaviour like maintaining safe distance and sanitation would keep children safe amid the pandemic.--IANSsg/skp/bg
Bhubaneswar, July 12 (IANS) On the occasion of the Rath Yatra, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday laid the foundation for two state-of-the-art cancer care institutions here at Infovalley.He laid the foundation stone for Bagchi-Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital & Research Centre and for Bagchi-Karunashraya Palliative Care Centre. Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) chairman Subrato Bagchi and his wife Sushmita have donated Rs 340 crore for the establishment of these two cancer-care institutions.While Sri Shankar Foundation will run the 750-bed cancer hospital, Bengaluru-based hospice foundation will run the palliative care unit.The palliative care unit will have 110 beds and will provide free service.Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Patnaik said that both the institutions will help the patients of Odisha, especially the poor in accessing quality health care facilities. He assured that the state government will provide all support for its early completion.He congratulated the Bagchi couple for their philanthropy and noble efforts to create two world-class institutions in Odisha. Their philanthropy is an inspiration for Odisha and the people will remember them for their contribution, he stated.Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation, led by Dr Srinath, is setting up the cancer hospital which will work on a cross-subsidy model, he said."I am very happy to learn that the hospital will now be 750 beds with the latest technology. I am sure this centre will become the leading research institution and attract oncologists from across the world to serve humanity," Patnaik added.The chief minister informed that Kishore Rao and Gurmeet Randhawa, founders of Bangalore Hospice Trust and their team have been serving the dying for over 25 years through their Karunashraya."We are happy that such a kind institution providing world-class palliative care is now being set up in Odisha. It's heartening to note that world class palliative care would be completely free of cost," the chief minister said.Joining the programme, Dr Srinath said that the hospital will be a one stop cancer centre with all the treatment facilities including bone marrow transplantation. The hospital will have a PG Training facility on oncology, he added.Randhawa said that the palliative centre in Bhubaneswar will be developed as the best palliative care facility in the world. They will train over 25,000 youth, including tribal girls, in the next five years.--IANS bbm/skp/bg
Lucknow, July 6 (IANS) A madrasa in Lucknow will convert into a Covid care clinic from Wednesday, paving the way for more such initiatives.The charitable clinic at Madrasa Abu Talib in the densely populated Kashmiri Mohalla area will be inaugurated by its patron, Maulana Saif Abbas and will provide timely and free medical facility to patients.Doctors, nurses and paramedic staff will be stationed at the madrasa-clinic which will be equipped with Covid diagnosis kit, oximeters and other equipment required for early detection of the coronavirus infection.In the second phase, Abu Talib Charitable Clinic will also have isolation beds and the unit will work as a primary isolation facility.According to Maulana Saif Abbas, "The idea came from the experience during the second wave of coronavirus pandemic that hit the city in April-May. People, especially those from the minority community, are afraid of going to hospitals and ignore symptoms initially. By the time they are taken to the hospital, the disease reaches severe stage."He said, "These people will visit the clinic in their vicinity without any hesitation and get themselves checked for Covid if they experience any symptom."The academic activities of the madrasa will, however, continue and students will study on the first floor of the building while the clinic will function on the ground floor."Experience of the shortage of beds and other resources during the second wave of pandemic was the driving force behind the clinic. We decided to use the madrasa space as an isolation facility and started work in that direction.Fortunately, the wave subsided by the time we could get things together. For now, it will start as a Covid care clinic and turn into an isolation facility, if required," the Maulana said.--IANSamita/dpb
Bengaluru, July 1 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday visited the 100-oxygenated bed Covid care facility at Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd's (KPCL) Yelahanka campus here.The hospital was raised from the ground up in less than 20 days. Of the 100 oxygen beds, 10 beds are dedicated for ICU services and 20 beds for the High Dependency Units (HDU) ward. The hospital will also have triage, donning and doffing, pharmacy, laboratory, rest areas, nurse stations and meeting rooms for medical staff."It is commendable that industries and NGOs have collaborated with the government in our fight against the Covid battle. Thank you to Boeing India, SELCO Foundation and Doctors for You (DFY) for building an oxygenated super-speciality Covid care facility at Karnataka State Power Corporation Ltd (KPCL) campus in Yelahanka," Sitharaman said.The facility has been been jointly funded by Boeing India and SELCO Foundation, while Doctors for You (DFY) provide the necessary staff and care, and KPCL has provided the land for setting up the hospital. The DFY team will comprise specialist and generalist doctors, paramedics, and facility management staff. Boeing's funding will also provide medical equipment, including CT scanners, ventilators, oxygen cylinders and concentrators, flow meters, and ambulances to the hospital.The event was attended by Dr Sudhakar, Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Medical Education, Government of Karnataka, Gunjan Krishna, IAS, Commissioner for Industrial Development and Director, Department of Industries & Commerce, Government of Karnataka.--IANSpvn/kr
Chennai, June 29 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu health department will open special Covid care centres and wards and upgrade the existing clinics at medical college hospitals for people who have recovered from Covid-19.Even as 97 per cent people who have tested positive for the infection are discharged from the state registry, many people are yet to recover fully from the disease or rather are having post-Covid complications.Doctors who are in the Covid wards have given reports to the state health department that patients who recover from the disease are showing residual symptoms such as pain and fatigue even weeks after recovery.State Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan while speaking to reporters in Chennai said that some people develop chronic conditions such as diabetes or diseases of the lung. He said that this may require long-term care.Narayanaswamy, Director, Government Covid Hospital, which is a 600-bed exclusive facility in the King Institute campus in Guindy told IANS, "Post-Covid complications will be one of the biggest health problems and we have to ensure that the patients who recover from Covid have access to quality health care after recovery."The Tamil Nadu health department has also upgraded the services of post-Covid clinics across all medical colleges of the state.The Health Secretary said that the government has posted diabetologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists and neurologists posted in the clinics and said that there are rehabitilation wards in hospitals where physiotherapy is conducted.--IANSaal/sdr/
Tired of investing in expensive skin and body care products that assure results but fail to give any? Your answer lies in simple, inexpensive natural ingredients which pack a host of benefits and aren't going to load your skin with chemicals.
Summers in India are getting hotter with each passing year and the monsoons are almost upon us in some ways. The heat causes our skin to become rough and tanned, the sweat and grime clogs pores, ultimately resulting in an uneven skin tone. Before you purchase your next 'expensive-so-must-be-great' product, it's time to check out the kitchen garden for some humble Neem and Aloe Vera.
Aloe vera contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids. It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. So basically, it packs in the power of the multiple serums and masks we use into one refreshing gel. Neem, especially in the oil format contains fatty acids (EFA) and is high on the disinfection quotient.
A combination of the two can help with a myriad of skin issues that concern us during these months.
Clearing the Skin, Unclogging Pores
Neem helps with clearing our bacteria and microbes that cause acne and eruptions of the skin; the good acids in aloe vera help with skin regeneration and overall smoothness. When combined, these magic ingredients clear out pores, remove blackheads/whiteheads without drying out the skin or leaving flaky peels. Prolonged use leaves the skin brighter, even-toned, and smooth.
Acts as an Anti-Pollutant
The antioxidation properties of Aloe Vera reverse the effects of sunburns and tan. Neem helps remove the germ/grime buildup on the skin caused by sweat and grime and is anti-inflammatory. Therefore gives lasting protection from environmental damage especially when used in everyday skin/hygiene products like in a body wash.
The collagen from the EFA in the neem and the antioxidants in aloe vera help in restoring skin elasticity improves skin texture and appearance, puts back vitality in the skin, and helps in plumping the skin to make it look vibrant.
The most critical summer skincare need is always hydration without an oily finish. Our humble aloe vera and neem serve this function too! It moisturizes and freshens the skin, especially when used pre-or during daily baths.
Now that you know the benefits, it's time to incorporate these humble ingredients. If you don't have them readily available, do consider planting them in pots or seek out everyday, easy-to-use products like the Vivel Neem Oil and Aloe Vera body wash online or in-store.
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