Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Ground Report
February 12, 2016
Jaipur, Rajasthan India

The Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik has said that it is essential to integrate the traditional Indian Medicine System into Modern Medicine system. Mr. Naik inaugurated the National Symposium on Child Health Care through Ayurveda at the NIMS University at Jaipur on Feb 11.

Speaking at the occasion, the AYUSH Minister said that India is famous the world over for its AYUSH systems of medicine including Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa & Homoeopathy. All these systems of medicine must be used in an integrated manner to promote a healthy life.

Mr. Shripad Naik informed that the AYUSH Ministry has proposed the integration of Allopathic and Ayurvedic systems to give better results for treatment of various illnesses.

Several specialists expressed their thoughts at the symposium on Ayurveda including Dr. Harland Winter from the US and Dr. Anil Dhawan from the UK.


One India
Kozhikode, Kerala India
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ayurveda is globally relevant due to its holistic and comprehensive approach to health, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday. "Today, ayurveda is globally relevant because of its holistic and comprehensive approach to health. The ayurvedic 'dincharya' (daily routine) helps to bring about peace and harmony in one's life. Ayurvedic daily routines are meant to enhance the health of a human being, both mental and physical," Modi said at the ongoing Global Ayurveda Festival here.

He said non-communicable as well as lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and cancers had become the greatest health challenges to the world community. Modi said the escalating cost of treatment and side effects of allopathic medicines had prompted medical experts to think of widening their horizons to traditional systems of medicine. "The World Health Organisation estimates that non-communicable diseases kill about 38 million people each year and almost three-fourths of these deaths, that is 28 million, occur in low and middle income countries. It is in managing these that ayurveda offers solutions," the prime minister said. He said India has had a long tradition of saints and hermits who evolved the indigenous systems of health care like ayurveda, yoga and siddha. However, Modi said, the real potential of ayurveda remained untapped due to inadequate scientific scrutiny and concerns regarding standards and quality.

If this problem is resolved, India could be a leader in making affordable, holistic healthcare available to the world, the prime minister said. He said that his government was fully committed to the promotion of ayurveda and traditional systems of medicine.

After the BJP formed the government at the Centre, the AYUSH department was upgraded to the status of a union ministry and the National AYUSH Mission launched to promote AYUSH medical systems through cost effective services, he said. "We are committed to promote the use of traditional medicines in our public health system through regulation of research and appropriate integration of quality products, practices and practitioners into the health system. Our efforts are to tap the real potential of ayurveda and other AYUSH systems in imparting preventive and holistic healthcare to the people," Modi said. He also called upon young entrepreneurs to find a lot of opportunities in holistic healthcare.

"Traditional medicines are affordable to many rural people. It is available to local communities and time-tested for its safety and efficacy. Above all, it imbibes the culture and eco-system of the communities within which it grows," said Modi. He pointed to developments in the traditional medicine sector in China and said India too should learn from the experience of other countries, and ensure that ayurveda and other Indian systems of healthcare were propagated and popularized.


The Indian Express (Anuradha Mascarenhas)
Pune, Maharashtra India
Thursday, 4 February, 2016

Cancer is the second biggest killer after heart disease in India. Data from the WHO World Cancer Report released in 2015 indicates that in India, there are 7 lakh new cancer cases every year, killing more than 3.5 lakh people. Ahead of World Cancer Day on February 4, experts fear that the count is expected to rise in the next ten years.

Dr Chaitanya Koppiker, managing trustee of Prashanti Cancer Care Mission and medical director of Orchids breast health, who has been instrumental in conducting marathons featuring film stars and launching several awareness drives, said that the focus is on prevention, diagnostics and clinical research.

The theme for this year is “We can: I can.” As part of their sustained effort to prevent and treat cancer, Koppiker’s research team at Orchids has tied up with National Chemical Laboratory, University of Pune and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER). “We see as many as 350-400 cases of all types of cancer every year and the age group is getting younger,” he says.

“As part of our research efforts, we are specially looking at the use of certain ayurvedic drugs that can alleviate pain and reduce side-effects of chemotherapy and also improve the quality of life. We are also researching on whether the use of polymer technology can help in reducing other side-effects like fibrosis after reconstructive breast surgery along with NCL,” Koppiker said.

A tie up with Tata Trust and Tata Memorial Cancer Centre in Mumbai has also placed Orchids breast health care on the cancer grid so that the latter can undertake research and clinical studies on prevention of cancer. “We have recently been recognised by the government as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and further tie-ups have been planned with East Anglia University to introduce an educational course on oncoplastic surgeries in Pune,” Koppiker added.

Meanwhile, an Indus health plus report says that 15 per cent of the younger population in the age group of 25-30 years are at a higher risk of oral and lung cancer. The sample size for the study was 23,145 people who underwent preventive health check-up during January-December, 2015. The report states that over the last two years, risk of cancer has been increasing among people in the middle and younger age groups by 12%.

According to Dr Tushar Patil, Medical Oncologist, Sahyadri Hospital, “20% of the women are at a higher risk of breast cancer followed by cervical cancer. Ovarian cancer and colon cancers are also increasing in females. Wrong eating habits, settling for junk food, increasing cases of obesity and heavy smoking especially amongst females have given rise to such cases.”


In April of 2013, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) approved tentative standards for the implementation of a third year add-on program for graduates of two-year Ayurveda practitioner programs to qualify for a newly created professional membership category of “Ayurvedic Doctor.” This category includes Ayurvedic professionals who have specific specialized training in Ayurveda with overview training in conventional medicine that enables them to interface with Western medical practitioners and provide comprehensive Ayurvedic healthcare to their clients. Note that the use of the term “doctor” may be limited by individual state licensure statutes and regulations.

Because many of Sai Ayurvedic College’s two year graduates (among others) have expressed a desire to advance their education beyond its current level, Sai Ayurvedic College has formulated a plan to offer beginning in approximately October 2016 a third year Doctoral level program in Ayurveda. In addition to meeting the needs of our graduates, this program may also be beneficial to graduates of other two-year programs as well as Indian university Ayurvedic graduates holding the degree of BAMS or higher, in orienting them toward practice in a North American environment. This third year Doctoral program will be offered in the classroom as well as via live webcast. We have upgraded our audio system to a high-tech high band UHF communication system so as to facilitate distance learners’ participation in this and other College programs.

Doctors of Ayurveda are competent at understanding disease from an Ayurvedic perspective, while possessing a working knowledge of Western medical diagnostic and treatment terminology and practices, sufficient to enable them to correlate those terms and diagnoses into Ayurvedic understanding and practice. Doctors of Ayurveda therefore have a working knowledge of Western Medical Pathology, Pharmacology, Diagnostic reports and treatments, in order to interface with the Western medical community.

In addition to the obvious requirement of completion of the first and second years of the program, NAMA has interposed an additional requirement, viz., the completion of a minimum of 6 semester hours (9 quarter hours) of university level instruction in Anatomy and Physiology for admission to the program. Nearly every university, college and community college in the USA offers this particular sequence of courses, i.e., Anatomy & Physiology I & II. Students are not limited in any way as to their choice of institution in which to study these. Graduates and attendees of university or professional school programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine, Optometry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physician Assistance Studies, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Naturopathic Medicine have almost certainly already met this requirement as a consequence of graduation. Graduates of programs in Occupational Therapy, Veterinary Medicine and other allied health programs may have met this requirement as well, depending on the specific nature of their coursework completed.

Graduates of foreign institutions will have their status assessed on a case-by-case basis.

For detailed information, please contact the College’s Academic Dean, Bill Courson, at wcourson@saiayurvediccollege.com.

Sunday, October 11, 2015


Business Wire Report
Chicago, Illinois USA
Sunday, October 11, 2015

Offering new hope to the 36 million Americans suffering from migraines: Dr. Trupti Gokani introduces The Mysterious Mind: How to Use Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science to Heal Your Headaches and Reclaim Your Health.

If you’ve had a headache lately, you’re not alone. An estimated 36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. But if misery loves company, what it loves even more is a solution to the suffering. To give the public her unique insights about what causes headache pain and how to prevent and heal it, board-certified neurologist Dr. Trupti Gokani has written a practical book that seeks to crack the code on the mysterious mind and how it’s connected to other systems in the body, like the gut, the adrenals and the liver.

The Mysterious Mind: How to Use Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science to Heal Your Headaches and Reclaim Your Health has been amassing 5-star reviews from headache sufferers and even from fellow neurologists. The book has been called “a must-have … for every migraine sufferer,” “a great resource for natural healing,” and “a roadmap to good health.”

When most people hear the word “disease,” they think of something deadly, uncontrollable and swift ― like cancer. But we're facing an epidemic of “dis-ease” ― of Americans simply feeling unwell and unable to embrace the lives they want to lead. They’re tired, overweight and inflamed. They’re dealing with ongoing digestive issues, they aren't sleeping well, and many are suffering from debilitating headaches.

Dr. Gokani explains: “People say, ‘I just don’t feel healthy.’ They look in the mirror and wonder what happened to the vibrant person they were in their teens, 20s or 30s. They want to get back to that level of health, but they don’t know how.” According to Dr. Gokani, getting back to that “healthy you” requires understanding your natural state. Once you know what a balanced self looks like, you can identify the symptoms of imbalance and make changes to reverse the trajectory of poor health. In ancient Ayurvedic medicine, or Ayurveda (a science that dates back more than 5,000 years), these natural states are called Doshas. We are born with one or more Doshas that dominate our nature. There are three types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. “Understanding your unique Dosha is the key to your health. Living a life in balance with your Dosha will alleviate many symptoms, such as headaches, mood issues, sleep disturbances, digestive issues and more. It’s really that simple,” says Dr. Gokani.

The Mysterious Mind tackles these questions, and more:

Why do I get HEADACHES and how can I prevent them?
Is it normal to be CONSTIPATED all the time?
Isn't there something I can do to cure my ACHING JOINTS?
Why can't I get my MOODS in balance?
What would it take for me to not feel so STRESSED OUT all the time?
Isn't there something I can do about my INSOMNIA?
Are there certain foods or ways to prepare my foods to help BALANCE my mind and body?

The Mysterious Mind has already begun to change and improve the lives of its readers, who are taking to social media with their stories and are writing book reviews in praise of its impact on their health. Rana Mafee, MD, goes a step further, suggesting that Dr. Gokani’s insights might also change how other physicians treat headache pain, characterizing Dr. Gokani as a professional who has “ingenuity, creativity, bravery, and a pioneering personality to pave the way to changing the culture in the neurology community to bring about more effective treatments.”

The Mysterious Mind is an accessible 178-page book written directly to the average person. It contains relatable stories, quizzes and checklists. The book helps readers interpret lab results that other doctors have called “normal,” and explains which herbals and nutrients are most beneficial for the brain and which medications are preferred (if medications are necessary). Because the book offers recommendations that are mindful of a patient’s Dosha, the approach is personalized enough to avoid “cookie-cutter” treatments, but is broad enough to be meaningful to any reader. Inside the book is a special offer for a free download of Dr. Gokani’s dietary handbook and recipes.

“Everyone deserves a chance to reclaim their life and live pain free. Everyone deserves answers to why they suffer and what they can do about it. Many believe these questions would go unanswered forever. That is simply not the case,” says Dr. Gokani.

The Mysterious Mind is now available in trade paperback and Kindle editions from Amazon, where it was ranked #5 among pain management books. The book was also released last week on iTunes.

Trupti Gokani, MD, is an award-winning, board-certified neurologist best known for her innovative and integrative approach to treating headache pain. Her unique melding of modern medicine and ancient wisdom has enabled her to establish a thriving private practice in suburban Chicago. When not in the clinic, Dr. Gokani dedicates her time and significant insights to helping the wider community understand how to feel optimal, through a deeper appreciation of the mind-body connection. Dr. Gokani has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, is a blogger for The Huffington Post, and is part of a forthcoming documentary on Ayurveda.


Times of India (Sushmi Dey)
New Delhi, India
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Traditional medicine streams such as Ayurveda, homeopathy and siddha seem to be gaining popularity with over 50,000 more doctors registering between 2013 and 2014, showed statistics collected by Central Bureau of Health Intelligence in National Health Profile, 2015.

"Over the years with gaining popularity, there is a steady rise in total number of registered AYUSH doctors in India from 6,86,319 in 2013 to 7,36,538 in 2014," the Profile highlighted.

According to the data, ayurvedic practitioners constitute the majority of it with over 54% of them registered with the government.

The government is now planning to induct AYUSH doctors into the mainstream medical system with required training to serve the rural population. Though allopathic doctors too have increased over past few years, the doctor patient ratio continues to lag. According to the data, an allopathic doctor in a government hospital is estimated to serve a population of 11,528 people.

Officials believe, utilizing AYUSH doctors to at least serve the distant rural area, where allopathic doctors do not wish to go, may help the situation. Of late, AYUSH has received tremendous support from the government. The present government has not only promoted the traditional medicine stream through events like the International Day of Yoga but has also proposed to support research to create documentation of the results of treatments of various chronic diseases through AYUSH. The government is now also mulling to set up a separate regulator for AYUSH medicines and practitioners.

"These (AYUSH doctors) are trained medical practitioners and can be used in at least primary care centres and district hospitals where the footfall is high with dearth of doctors," an official said.

"India with its kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage, is proud of some unique medicinal forms that look at health, disease and causes of disease in completely different ways," the Profile said.

States such as Bihar and Maharashtra, which are also impacted by poor doctor-patient ratio, have witnessed increasing trend in number of AYUSH doctors.


The Hindu
Kozhikode (Calicut), Kerala, India
Sunday, October 4, 2015

Kozhikode will host the third edition of the Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) and Arogya Expo, said to be the largest biennial get-together of Ayurveda fraternity from January 29 to February 2.

About 5,000 delegates from 50 countries will take part in the conclave of Ayurveda enthusiasts at the Swapna Nagari here. Manifold stakeholders of Ayurveda including practitioners and students, manufactures, hospitals, medical plant growers, government and non-government agencies, service organisations, and civil society organisations will be part of the mega event.

The GAF is being organised by the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action in association with the State government, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), Ayurvedic Medicine Manufacturers Organisations of India, Ayurveda Drug Manufactures Association and Kerala State Indian Systems of Medicine of Medicine Self Financing Management Association, State Department of AYUSH, Department of Tourism and Department of Industry. The State AYUSH Department has appointed a nodal officer for the effective coordination of the event, organising committee chairman, P. Madhavan Kutty Warrier, convener M.M. Sanil Kumar and general convener Manoj Kaloor, told a news conference here on Saturday.

The GAF has been positioned as the destination festival on Ayurveda in the State to bridge the great native medicinal tradition with the global community that remains curious to gather knowledge, care, products and collaborations from India.

Both the preceding conferences organised in Thiruvananthapuram in 2012 and in Kochi, 2014, have made the GAF into an internationally recognised event in Ayurveda.

The delegates’ participation shows consistent growth from 1,800 in 2012 to 4,000 in 2014. President of Mauritius Raj Keswur Purryag was the chief guest at the Kochi conference. “This time we are planning to rope in Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the inaugural function,” Dr. Kaloor said.

The GAF 2016 will have a host of activities including an international seminar on the theme, ‘Women’s Health,’ and exhibition of 500 stalls in which Ayurveda hospitals, drug manufacturing industry and various government and NGOs will showcase their services and products. Solidarity meets, live treatment clinics, workshops, an international business meet are other events, they said.