Oct 10, 2017

GST Council slashes tax rates for Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy drugs from 12% to 5%

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Monday, October 09, 2017, 13:10 Hrs  [IST]
Considering the representations made by the Ayurveda industry, the GST Council has slashed goods and services tax (GST) rates for the unbranded (classical) Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy medicines from the present 12% to 5 %.

The reduction in the tax rates has come for a total of 27 items including classical Ayush drugs and certain food preparations.

Tax rate for food preparations put up in unit containers and intended for free distribution to economically weaker sections of the society under a programme duly approved by the Central government or any state government, has been reduced to 5% from the present 18%.

The decision to this effect came in the 22nd GST Council meeting held under the chairmanship of the Union finance minister on 6th October, 2017.

According to industry sources, 90 per cent of the ayurvedic products now available in the market are branded ones (proprietary drugs) and this reduction will not fetch any good result to the industry as it will benefit only the classical drug manufacturers.


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Sep 9, 2017

Agnivesha 2017 National Talent Search


For complete details, follow the link http://satapathamkottakkal.com/talent/


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Sep 7, 2017

West Bengal allows AYUSH practitioners to practice modern medicine including Antibiotics

West Bengal: After deliberating over the issue of allowing AYUSH practitioners to prescribe modern medicine, the state government of West Bengal has now decided to give them a go ahead, permitting certain practitioners of the Indian System of Medicine to practice modern medicine, but with some riders.
The approval comes in the form of a notification from the Health and Family Welfare Department ( AYUSH Branch), Government of West Bengal that declared that the persons holding qualifications specified in the second schedule to the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970, and duly registered under the concerned state council in West Bengal, shall be entitled to practice the drugs of modern medicine in the state.
However, the notice has specified that the said permission is limited to the drugs those mentioned in the schedule A below, to the extent of training imparted to them as per the syllabus prescribed from time to time by the Central Council of Indian medicine under the aforesaid act of 1970.
Schedule A
  1. Antacids including H2 receptors blockers
  2. Antimalarial (National Treatment Protocol to be followed)
  3. Antibiotics chemo therapeutics- Cotrimazole, Tetracycline, Azithromycine, Amoxycillin, Ampicillin
  4. Antiamoebic – Metronidazole, Tinidazole
  5. Antihelminthics – Albendazole, Mebandazole
  6. Antiemetics – Domperidone, Ondacetron
  7. Antipyretics – Paracetamol
  8. O.R.S
  9. Bronchodilators – Salbutamol, Theophyline
  10. Oral contraceptives
  11. Vitamin A in oil
  12. Iron, Folic Acid Tablets
  13. 13 Any other medicine as may be included in the list by the State Government in future or included in Programme (except anti-cancer medicines)
As per the order, these practitioners will, however, not be entitled to perform the procedures indicated in schedule B below.
Schedule B
  1. Medico legal cases
  2. Autopsy Examination
  3. Intra-venous Injections, IV Drips
  4. Surgical procedures other than pure Unani/ Ayurveda Surgical procedures like Ksharsutra
  5. Blood transfusion



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Jul 29, 2017

University of Missouri Team Develops Non-toxic Gold Nanoparticles for Ayurveda Treatment

An Indian American professor, Kattesh Katti, and his research team at the University of Missouri have partnered with Tamil Nadu-based company Dhanvantari Nano Ayushadi in hopes of revolutionizing Ayurvedic medicine.
Ayurvedic medicine, also called Ayurveda, is a holistic medicine system originated in India thousands of years ago that uses herbal compounds, special diets and other healthcare practices to further help conventional preventative and disease treatments, according to a Missouri news release.
Katti and his team have developed a non-toxic delivery method using gold nanoparticles that may revolutionize Ayurveda, the news release said. His technique for producing the nanoparticles was licensed by Dhanvantari Nano Ayushadi.
The medicine uses different combinations of chemicals from natural herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables in combination with metals such as gold, silver and copper, the university said
The combinations strive to treat a number of disorders.
“In the past, metals predominantly used in holistic medicine have been crushed and burned; caregivers grind the ash with herbs to produce an ingestible treatment,” Katti, the curators distinguished professor of radiology and physics in the MU School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Science and senior research scientist at the University of Missouri Research Reactor, said in a statement.
“However, the ways in which those metals are procured often involve mercury; other toxic means to extract the gold or other alloys can be deadly if ingested in the wrong amounts. The gold nanoparticle production methods use a green technology that effectively eliminates the toxicity associated with these treatments,” Katti added.
The research team developed green nanotechnologies to produce phytonano medicines — the compounds used to form Ayurvedic medicine. The therapies are less toxic to the body and could provide alternatives to current treatments for diseases including cancer, arthritis and diabetes among others, the news release noted.
The technology is patent pending.
“These successful production runs within the DNA premises and the efficient training of our personnel fully fulfill the requirements signed in our contract,” Abhaya Kumar Jain, chief executive of DNA, said in a statement.
“We look forward to a long-term working and collaborative relationship with Dr. Katti and his team as we collectively advance the field of nano-Ayurvedic medicine to develop the next generation of health care products for the care and treatment of patients across the world,” Jain added.
Research and product development using the green nanotechnology techniques developed in Katti’s lab will continue at the facility in India, according to the university.
Using Indian Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy guidelines, DNA will continue to test formulations that could provide complementary therapies to chemotherapy, radiation and other traditional treatments, Katti said in the report.
“We are excited that two great minds, Mr. Abhaya Kumar Jain, a pioneer in the Indian pharmaceutical industry, and Professor Kattesh V Katti, globally recognized as the ‘father of green nanotechnology,’ have come together to bring nano-Ayurvedic medicine technology to India,” Anantkumar Hegde, an elected member of the Indian Parliament, said in the report.
Added Katti in the report, “The nano-Ayurvedic medicine approaches are built on rigorous scientifically validated methods. I am excited to be a part of this important journey using nano-Ayurvedic medicine approaches for treating, healing and curing various diseases. I have always dreamed of helping humanity through my science, I can now see that I am able to use my interdisciplinary green nanotechnology approaches for the development of Ayurvedic products.”

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Jan 4, 2017

Bhishak Sangama - Ayurveda Practitioners' Meet and One day seminar on Ayurveda Clinical Practice at SDM Bengaluru on 20th Jan 2017 Friday

Cordial invitation to the Ayurveda Practitioners of Bengaluru to "Bhishak Sangama (Bengaluru Ayurveda Practitioners' Meet and one day seminar on Ayurveda clinical practice)" being held on 20th Jan 2017 Friday at SDM Institute of Ayurveda and Hospital, Anchepalya, Mysore Road, Bengaluru - 74. Intended to become a platform to refresh the knowledge of classical guidelines for the Ayurveda clinical practice and to share the clinical experiences with the members of fraternity. Please spread a word to reach out the interested practitioners of Ayurveda based at Bengaluru. Register soon!





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Dec 11, 2016

Govt amends law: Ayurveda, Unani doctors to practice allopathy in MP

, TNN | Dec 9, 2016, 11.13PM IST

BHOPAL: Now Ayurveda and Unani doctors will able to practice allopathic medicines in Madhya Pradesh. Twin bills were passed in the state assembly on Friday to enable these doctors to prescribe allopathic medicines. This is being done to meet out the shortage of doctors , health minister Rustam Singh told the house. 

Two bills-Madhya Pradesh Ayurvigyan parishad (sanshodhan) vidhayak 2016 and MP Ayurvdic ,Unani tatha prakritik chikitsa vyavsai (sanshodhan) vudhayak 2016 were passed on Friday amidst opposition from the Congress. 

Bala Bachchan, acting leader of the opposition said, "Now the affect of Vyapam scame is clear. More than 1000 doctors have been denied their degrees after the scam. The MBBS takes more than 5 years to complete, here you will train them in 3 months only." 

He said that the government would withdraw the bill. 

Ramniwas Rawat, chief whip of the Congress said, "this is highly objectionable. This government is playing with the health of the people. The government has not even taken the permission of medical council of India (MCI)." 

Rawat also said that the government is not paying doctors well which is why no doctor is interested in government job. On the other hand doctors of Deepak foundation of Gujarat working for MP government get Rs 1 lakh salary. 

Bachachan said that "by taking help of Deepak foundation, the government wants privatisation of health services in MP." 

But health minister Rustam Singh assured the house that, "the Ayurveda and Unani doctors will be allowed to practice on 72 medicines. This is a temporary arrangement and as soon as doctors are available this would be withdrawn." 

He said that some states like Maharashtra and Gujarat have also been following this practice. 

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/govt-amends-law-ayurveda-unani-doctors-to-practice-allopathy-in-mp/articleshow/55900828.cms?TOI_browsernotification=true

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Oct 30, 2016

UGC tells varsities to start PhD programmes for AYUSH disciplines

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities to start PhD programmes under Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) disciplines.
In a circular to all Central Universities UGC secretary Jaspal S Sandhu has said the Central Councils set up for research in these disciplines will sponsor 200 students for pursuing PhDs every year.
He also said the government has asked the Commission to issue an advisory in this regard. “AYUSH is aimed at developing Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) systems for healthcare of the people imbibing scientific interventions.
As per the letter, each of these five disciplines conduct clinical and basic research studies in collaboration with reputed scientific institutes:
Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy
Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine
Central Council for Research in Siddha
These Councils further desire to enhance research opportunities through PhD fellowship programme for the development of AYUSH, the UGC letter said.
It is intended to sponsor annually 200 candidates (125 PG of AYUSH and 75 PG of Science & technology streams) for pursuing Ph.D on AYUSH research topics, it added.
“Accordingly, it is requested that you may include AYUSH disciplines in your esteemed university and in the affiliated colleges for enrollment of candidates in the PhD programmes and avail fellowship from the concerned AYUSH Research Council,” the UGC said.

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