Jul 5, 2012

Ayurveda doctors to perform cataract surgery at NIA

Jaipur: A unique marriage between Ayurveda and medical science is on the cards in Jaipur. The tie-up is likely to produce eye specialists with an Ayurvedic insight, who can perform cataract, glaucoma and other eye surgeries.
The National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA, Jaipur), India's premier Ayurveda institute is set to hire modern ophthalmologists in line with Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) guidelines.
The CCIM is a statutory body tasked by the central government to frame and implement various regulations, including the curricula of Indian systems of medicine — Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Tibb — at graduate and postgraduate levels.
"We'll hire qualified ophthalmologists on part-time basis. The ophthalmologists (eye specialists and surgeons) will particularly perform eye surgeries at our newly-created operation theatre," NIA, Jaipur director Prof Ajay Kumar Sharma told DNA.
The tie-up will become functional at department of Shalakya Tantra (eye and ENT) in NIA, Jaipur within a month. The ophthalmologists will not only perform surgeries with a team of Ayurvedic eye specialists of department of Shalakya Tantra at NIA, but also train the department's postgraduate students. "We'll begin with cataract surgery, the most common form, and later cover other eye surgeries, like glaucoma," Sharma said.
Initiation of modern eye surgery at NIA, Jaipur is likely to boost prospects of present PG students of Shalakya department and help them become eye and ENT specialists to treat patients with green (natural and herbal) medications.
The NIA director believes the tie-up, if successful, will help develop eye specialists, who will go for holistic treatment of eye ailments. "Such eye specialists will first try to prevent spread of eye diseases with classical Ayurvedic formulations, and if not successful only then go for the surgical cure," he maintained.
NIA, Jaipur has already implemented two similar synergies between modern surgery and Ayurveda at department of Shalya Tantra (surgery) and department of Prasuti Tantra (gynecology).
"At Shalya Tantra department, modern surgeons have joined their Ayurveda counterparts in performing most common surgeries, like appendicitis, hernia, gall-stone and at department of Prasuti Tantra they are aiding to perform caesarian deliveries and other tubectomy," he added.


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