Age-old Ayurveda panacea for modern-day ailments – Times of India

Varanasi: Age-old Ayurvedic therapies are slowly gaining popularity as people are finding them effective in treating various modern-day ailments. Doctors and experts at the newly constructed building of Government Ayurveda College and Hospital in the city are trying to popularize such therapies and mitigate health problems of people.

Principal and superintendent of the institute Prof S N Singh, said, “We have 14 departments in all, including OPDs, blood bank, pathology department, radiology, nursery, CCU and wards while seven departments belong to clinical aspect comprising 10 OPDs. It includes two OPDs each of Kay chikitsa (general medicine), Shalya (surgery), Shalakya (ENT), one each of Panchkarma, Baal rog (pediatrics), Stree rog (gynaecology) and Yoga.”

A Panchkarma expert, Dr K K Dwivedi, said, “It is Ayurveda’s primary purification and detoxification treatment. Panchakarma means ‘five therapies’. These five therapeutic treatments eliminate toxins from the body, they are: Vamana, virechana, nasya, basti and raktamoskshana. The series of these five therapies help remove deep rooted stress and illness-causing toxins from the body while balancing the doshas (energies that govern all biological functions).”

The three procedures used in it include ‘purva karma’, ‘pradhan karma’ and paschaat karma’, said Dr Dwivedi adding that more than 20-30 patients come on an average for this therapy.

According to Prof Singh, the best solution for non-communicable and chronic diseases is Ayurveda. He said, “The treatment and therapies offered by us are authentic and we follow the original ways of treating ailments. More than 200 OPD patients turn up daily for treatment.” Apart from this, pathological investigations and X-Rays are also done here, he added.

The Government Ayurvedic College and Hospital offers an under-graduate level five- and a half-year course of Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS). “For the academic session of 2014-15, 40 students have taken admission. Presently, there are 43 teachers, 8 medical officers and 11 higher faculties,” informed Prof Singh.

There was no new admission in the last two academic sessions (2012-13 and 2013-14) due to crunch of higher faculties and bed occupancies. There are 14 departments of which only 11 higher faculties are available and there is still need of four higher faculties and modern doctors. To this, Prof Singh said, “Recently at a meeting, a proposal was sent to the chief minister for the appointment of doctors of modern medicine and higher faculties.”

Earlier, Government Ayurvedic College & Hospital was affiliated with Sampurnanand Sanskrit University (SSU) and it was run in old building. It imparted education in Ayurveda and conducts undergraduate level programmes in the discipline of Ayurveda. As it was affiliated to SSU and did not have proper departments, there was an urgent need for the establishment of a proper hospital building. The new building became functional last year in November.

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