Saturday, January 31, 2015


The Times of India/TNN
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Bnglaru (Bangalore), Karnataka, India

Doctors in Karnataka will advise the Liberian government on using traditional Ayurveda to tackle modern-day scourge Ebola.

State health minister U.T. Khader confirmed correspondence between his office and Liberian counterparts on this subject. "A month ago, we received mails from Liberia about it and I had discussions with Ayurveda specialists in Belagavi. The doctors are working on it."

According to Ayurveda, pitta (in the form of bile juice) becomes concentrated and dries up leading to corrosion in cell walls resulting in bleeding when a person is infected with Ebola. Ayurvedic medicine prevents denaturing of pitta from liquid to dried acidic form and neutralizes toxins released by the Ebola virus.

Doctors from AyurVAID hospitals, a chain of Ayurvedic hospitals, had sent a proposal to the Karnataka government on possible treatment for Ebola. The government has also discussed Ayurvedic treatment with the doctors at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases where a quarantine unit has been set up for Ebola-suspect cases. "As of now, there's no treatment for Ebola. We discussed methods of treatment with AyurVaid doctors. I've written to the government that if we get an Ebola-suspect case, we'll take up a combined therapy of allopathy and Ayurveda," said Dr Shashidhar Buggi, director, RGICD.

Ebola is transmitted through bodily fluids, blood, contaminated medical material such as needles or syringes, or even infected organisms. It's not transmitted through the air. The symptoms show up 2-3 weeks after contraction and include nausea, fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches. In extreme cases, there could be internal bleeding and the intestinal tract is badly affected.

Ebola and Ayurveda

Dr Ajit Kumar, head of communicable diseases, AyurVAID, who has researched Ebola extensively, says, "In the initial stage of the fever corresponding to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), according to Ayurveda, vata-pitta doshas and rakta dhatu (blood and plasma) gets affected leading to the haemorrhagic phase or Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF) with symptoms including excessive thirst, skin rashes, blood in spit, burning sensation, redness of body, giddiness and delirium. As per Ayurveda texts (Charaka Samhita), one complication of the fever is rakta-pitta resulting in bleeding from mouth, rectum, and other orifices. This is also happening in EHF victims."

Ayurveda solution

"Studies reveal that symptoms of Ebola are similar to that of dengue fever and India has been able to tackle severe illnesses effectively. We have to create a hostile environment for the virus to contain it," says Rajiv Vasudevan, CEO, AyurVAID. He has conveyed this to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. "To stop the virus from spreading from one affected to person to others, we also suggest quarantine," adds Dr Ajit Kumar.

Medicine in Ayurveda

Ayurvedic protocols include diet, lifestyle, medicines, and therapies applicable to different stages of the disease. Medicine prepared from astringent foods items are favoured at intermediate stage and these include figs, gooseberries, white pepper, cucurbita, jamun fruit, walnut, dry mango seed/aamchur, raw woodapple, vastuk (bathwa), leafy vegetable, badri (berries), bamboo shoots, dates, lotus stem/stalk, charoli (chironji) to be administered in liquid form.


By Shobita Dhar,
TNN/he Times of India

January 25, 2015, 06.19 AM

Perhaps for the first time leading research and medical institutions in the US-Harvard University, Scripps Clinic, University of California San Diego, Mt Sinai University , University of California San Francisco and Duke University -are collaborating on a project to study ayurveda's healing powers.

Called the `Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative (SBTI) Research Study', the study is being conducted at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in California. The center, run by wellness expert Deepak Chopra, had earlier conducted a smaller study to examine the effects of meditation and yoga on gene expression.

"The findings from the older study showed that a week of meditation and yoga practice led to an increase in expression of genes that support rejuvenation of the body , a reduction in expression of genes associated with the stress response, and a large increase in telomerase levels (an enzyme that helps maintain structural identity of genes)," says Chopra.

In the SBTI study , researchers will be analyzing the impact of ayurvedic treatments on participants' genes, certain hormones associated with metabolism and mood change, bacteria present in the gut and on the skin, inflammation markers, weight, stress makers etc. "The body's healing system is still little understood because of the complex inputs -thoughts, emotions, diet, stress, exercise, immune response - that affect healing. The picture is further clouded when isolated findings overlap or contradict one another. In the context of ayurveda, therapies and practices aren't done in isolation. Instead of focusing on local symptoms, the diagnosis is systemic. Only now is Western medicine beginning to understand that a blanket condition like `stress' or `inflammation' connects many diverse disorders, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes," says Chopra.

Ayurveda is widely practiced and followed in India. There are 2,458 ayurveda hospitals running in India under the government's directorate of Ayush (Ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha and homoeopathy). However since there have been few scientific studies on the safety and efficacy of the system in the West, it is often perceived as a pseudoscience there. Dr Rudolf Tanzi, a professor at the Harvard University and a co-researcher at the SBTI study, says that this perception is now changing.

"Any scientist of worth will admit that most of time we are wrong. Just look back at science 100 years ago and ask how much is still correct today. Why would this not continue to be the case 100 years from now? Thus, it makes sense to look back to ancient remedies and wisdom, for example, as prescribed in ayurvedic medicine. So far, the results ranging from the effects of meditation on beneficial gene activity to ashwagandha on Alzheimer's pathology are certainly looking sufficiently promising to continue," says Tanzi who specializes in researching gene mutations linked to Alzheimer's Disease.

The study also has the potential to throw light on which brain-function related genes and chemicals are turned "on" or turned "off " by an ayurvedic diet and lifestyle." "That type of information can help us not only better establish how ayurveda works at a cellular level but also how best to integrate it into a modern healthy lifestyle," says Dr Murali Doraiswamy , professor at Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and coresearcher on the study .

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New Delhi, India
Sunday, 30 November, 2014

New Delhi: Eighteen new ayurveda colleges have received the Centre's nod this year, against permission for only one such institution in the last three years as government seeks to promote traditional forms of treatment and integrate them into the existing health care system.

Seven of these new colleges will come up in Uttar Pradesh followed by three in Maharashtra, two in Rajasthan besides six others in as many states, Ayush Ministry sources said.

The ministry is in charge of ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy.

The approval has come this year and has been given against proposals for setting up 39 new ayurveda institutions.

Permission was granted to only one college last year against proposals for 30 new colleges the previous government had received. No permission was given in 2011 and 2012.

There are currently 281 ayurveda colleges in the country offering 15,057 graduate and 3,081 post-graduate seats.

Pitching for integration of ayurveda, yoga and other traditional forms of treatment in the existing health care system, a committee set up by the BJP government to promote "holistic health" had recommended reforms in medical education, research and legal framework.

Noting that Ayush infrastructure is far from satisfactory besides the industry being poorly regulated, the government had notified National Ayush Mission (NAM) in September this year, laying down a detailed road map to shore it up.

NAM aims to improve Ayush education and provide better access to its service through increase in number of Ayush hospitals and dispensaries, besides offering quality drugs by increasing pharmacies, drug laboratories and "improved enforcement mechanism".

"On one hand many Ayush education centres are in poor shape and on the other, lack of quality control often makes people suspect the practitioners and quality of drugs they provide," sources said, adding that government was working to turn things around.

The Centre is also in talks with states to improve legislative framework to regulate Ayush practitioners and drugs.


The Hindu (Raviprasad Kamila)
Monday, 17 November, 2014
Mangalore, India

Minister for Health and Family Welfare U.T. Khader said here on Sunday that the [Karnataka] State government will open an AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) university next year.

It is likely to come up in Shimoga but the venue might change, he told presspersons.

Mr. Khader said that it required at least 100 acres for the university and the government might get the land in Shimoga.

In addition to academic activities, the university would conduct research and development.

Mr. Khader said that the government has begun issuing bio-metric cards to AYUSH doctors in the State. It would help in identifying them and keeping away quacks.

He said that unless Ayurveda doctors stopped prescribing allopathy medicines, ayurveda would not grow. “Ayurveda doctors should practice Ayurveda only,” he said.


PTI / Press Trust of India
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Johannesburg, South Africa

Highlighting the potential of Ayurveda, India has showcased its culture, business and cuisine techniques to South African business leaders in Johannesburg, with an aim to increase bilateral trade.

"The new government in India is giving Ayurveda a big boost. We have a new ministry and a new Minister looking after it. To add to Ayurveda, yoga is also something that goes along with it, and soon there will be an International Day of Yoga for which India has piloted a resolution in the UN General Assembly," Indian Consul-General Randhir Jaiswal said.

Speaking at India Week event concluded last week, he said that with the collaboration of Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria, and the India Business Forum, comprising Indian businesses represented in South Africa, they put together a package of culture, business and cuisine to propel a bigger India-South Africa connect.

"Areas in which South Africa has global competency and a distinct advantage over India include food processing, construction, logistics, mining, tourism and technology solutions. These are areas where we think that South Africa can do wonders with us in our Make in India programme," said Jaiswal.

"At the same time, the 150 Indian companies which are present in South Africa have proven technology and competencies in areas such as information technology, pharmaceuticals and automobiles," he said.

During a session on how India had seen exponential growth in the pharmaceutical sector, special emphasis was placed on the potential for Ayurveda. "Africa is a very fertile ground for traditional medicine because of its ancient cultural traditions. Given the size of the presence of the Indian diaspora here, I see Ayurveda as one area in which we can leverage the strength and also to promote small and medium industry in South Africa," he said.

Abdullah Varachia of GIBS said the event has helped clear up a lot of misconceptions about Ayurveda. "Our Ministry of Health is trying to move in the direction of placing greater emphasis on African Traditional Medicine.

Ayurveda is a great case study of how traditional medicine can have a significant impact on primary health care," he said. Varachia said the event was organised to present India as a dynamic emerging market economy, especially with the massive changes in the last six months, to business leaders in South Africa, but also to share with them the culture, tradition and legacy of India.

"In the last few years, we have only spoken about business, but this time we have also tried to show South Africans the culture and food from different parts of India," Varachia added. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba engaged the India Business Forum to explain how the South African government was keen to secure even more investment from India.

Professor Dilip Menon from the Centre of Indian Studies at Wits University delivered an innovative presentation, highlighting how Indian cinema has since its inception reflected the changing social and political environment throughout India's history.

The total bilateral trade hit USD 15.7 billion in 2012 with South African exports reaching USD 10.9 billion, whilst Indian imports reached USD 5.7 billion. South Africa has advanced agriculture and food processing sectors due to the use of sustainable technologies, especially in supply, cold chain management and infrastructure development.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Thaiurveda วิทยาศาสตร์เพื่อชีวิตไทย
The Ayurvedic Influences on Thai Medicine: A Presentation by Edward Zachowski
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 2:30pm

Ed Zachowski of Thaiurveda, a graduate of Sai Ayurvedic College (Miami, FL) will be presenting a lecture on The Ayurvedic Influences on Thai Medicine at the Eighth Annual Indian Festival. Event begins at 2:30 PM Saturday 22 November 2014 at the Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at The India Center or BrownPaper Tickets

Other presenters include:

Guru Calai Chandra started learning Bharat Natyam at the age of 5 years and quit a successful IT career in the US to obtain an MFA in India. Calai is Founder and Artistic Director of STUDIO 102 and has been performing Bharat Natyam professionally for over 10 years. She dances, teaches, choreographs and creates her own dance repertoires. Her school will be presenting Bharat Natyam Dances at the festival

Guru Neelima Raju started studying dance in 1985 and joined the Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam's Kuchipudi Kalakshetra in 1987. She was mentored by Shri Hari Rama Murthy and Guru Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam and graduated with a "Natya Visharada" degree in 2001. She was awarded the Vishaka Music and Dance Academy award, Natya Ravali Ugadi Talent Award, and the Kurella Sita Mahalakshmi Award and is a recipient of the Government of India Scholarship and is currently a member of the UNESCO's International Council of Dance. Her school will be presenting Kuchipudi Dance items at the festival.

Dr. Amita Gupta, Professor of Education at The City University of New York and a Fulbright Research Scholar will speak on Vedic Education and Mr. Vasu Murthy former Prsident of Kannada Koota will speak on the Sanskrit text Amarkosha while Vasthu expert Swamy Manjulanandji who is visiting from India will speak about the benefits of this ancient art.

The Rajasthani Association of North America (RANA) will make a presentation on the glorious culture of Rajasthan.

Monday, November 10, 2014


New Delhi Television/NDTV
New Delhi, India
Monday, November 10, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, in his cabinet expansion on Sunday, created a separate AAYUSH portfolio, whose minister will be charged with promoting traditional medicines and practices of Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy.

As the first ever AAYUSH minister, Shripad Yesso Naik will have Independent Charge. AAYUSH was previously part of the Health Minister's responsibility.

PM Modi begins his day with yoga and had in his speech at the United Nations in September, made a strong pitch to observe an International Yoga Day, which has reportedly been supported by 50 countries, including the US and China.

He also regularly mentions traditional Indian practices in his exchanges with important world leaders. PM Modi had such a discussion with President Barack Obama during his visit to the United States and had gifted a book on Yoga to his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott, who expressed an interest in the traditional Indian forms of physical, mental and spiritual practices when he visited India also in September.

While calling on member countries of the UN to celebrate June 21 as International Yoga Day, Mr Modi had said, "Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being."