Mar 1, 2013

Ayurveda should be promoted as future model of primary healthcare in India: Experts

BANGALORE: Promote Ayurveda as future primary healthcare medicine, said the experts addressing the students and researchers at 'Green Wealth-A strategy for Health' a 2-day long National conference organized by Department of Botany, Mount Carmel College and Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (I-AIM) on Wednesday.
G S Srikanthaiah, director, department of AYUSH, Karnataka said: "About 200 years ago we had better system of Primary healthcare (PHC) in rural areas, because every rural household were using medicinal plants available in their neighbourhood to address the minor health issues. 60-70% of their PHC problems were addressed at home."
Padmashree, Darshan Shankar, vice chairman and advisor, I-AIM called for a need to promote Ayurveda as an option to address primary health issues. He said that Ayurveda has about 2,00,000 medicinal species to take care of various health problems compared allopathic medicines, which has only 4000 formulations. "Future model of PHC in India should be Ayurveda. At least 65-70 species are known to Indians, which exist in our eco-system and has great medicinal properties," said Shankar.
"Ayurveda is about universal relations between medicines and balancing between various plants with medicinal properties. Everything in universe has medicinal values. It is important to know how to make use of it. The challenge is to apply Ayurvedic principles in this changing modern environment," said Dr G Gangadhar, Director, Integrative health care unit, I-AIM. 



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