Archive for July, 2008

Ayurvedic Herb Extract Reduces Osteoarthritis

July 31st, 2008

A team of researchers led by an Indian scientist has found that an herbal extract of an Indian Frankincense Salai, commonly found in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, can effectively reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

The new study led by Siba Raychaudhuri, a faculty member of the University of California, Davis, in the United States found that arthritis patients taking the herbal remedy showed significant improvement in as little as seven days.

“The high incidence of adverse affects associated with currently available medications has created great interest in the search for an effective and safe alternative treatment,” she said.

During the study, the team conducted randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial of 70 patients. The extract the researchers used was enriched with 30 pct AKBA (3-O-acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), which is thought to be the most active ingredient In the plant.

“AKBA has anti-inflammatory properties, and we have shown that Salai (also known as Boswellia serrata) enriched with AKBA can be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee,” she added.

B. serrata has been used for thousands of years in the Indian system of traditional medicine known as “Ayurveda”.

RNCOS Releases a New Report- Booming Medical Tourism in India

July 23rd, 2008

Delhi, India, July 23, 2008 –(PR.com)– RNCOS has recently added a new Market Research Report titled, “Booming Medical Tourism in India” to its report gallery. The report provides a complete insight into the Indian medical tourism market. It evaluates the past, present and future scenario of the Indian medical tourism market and discusses the key factors which are making India a favorable medical tourism destination. Both statistics and trends regarding market size, tourist arrivals, infrastructure, accreditations, drivers and restraints have been thoroughly discussed in the report.

The research has found that India represents the most potential medical tourism market in the world. Factors such as low cost, scale and range of treatments provided by India differentiate it from other medical tourism destinations. The growth in India’s medical tourism market is expected to serve as a boon for several associated industries also, including hotel industry, medical equipment industry and pharmaceutical industry.

Key Findings

- India offers vast range of medical treatments – from simple dental procedures to the complex cardiac surgeries. Patients can save 60%-95% of their treatment costs by undergoing treatment in India.

- Wellness tourism, comprising of spa, yoga and Ayurveda, has a very bright future in India as foreigners are increasingly flocking to India to seek physical and mental healing.

- In 2007, around 272,000 medical tourists visited India for medical tourism and together, they brought US$ 656 Million in revenues.

- Lack of proper hospital accreditation system and inefficient laws against malpractice can be the biggest factor limiting the growth of India’s medical tourism Industry.

- India enjoys a considerable superiority over both Singapore and Thailand as preferred medical destination.

- Both foreign employers and insurance firms are expected to outsource large share of medical treatments to India.

- The Indian medical tourism market is expected to generate over US$ 2.5 Billion in revenues by 2012.

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Himalaya – UAS joint research

July 22nd, 2008

Bangalore-based Himalaya Drug Company, which has pioneered the contemporization of Ayurveda through the use of scientific research, recently signed an MoU with the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore (UAS, B) to facilitate collaborative research on medicinal herbs and plants with a view to discovering new therapeutic drugs, building a corpus of knowledge on herbs and preserving endangered herbs and plants.

Himalaya will study herbs and plants in specific regions to understand therapeutic benefits and differences in therapeutic properties of herbs across regions; prepare joint research projects; while UAS will assist in training of farmers to promote better agricultural practices, study and documentation of rare, endangered herbs; facilitate joint research projects on tissue culture of rare and endangered herbs and assist Himalaya in setting up a herb garden that will be a centre for national and international research activities.

In addition, UAS will provide training to farmers under Himalaya’s contract farming Programme, assist Himalaya in setting up a botanical garden which would serve as a centre for national and international research activities and provide technical assistance and education to Himalaya scientists as the company moves towards its process of organic certification.

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Travel Org announce launch of Crest Ayurveda

July 21st, 2008

Enters into a JV with Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Treatment Services, Kochi

Travel Org has entered into a Joint Venture (JV) with Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Treatment Services (NATS) in Kochi to tap the wellness segment, especially those seeking Ayurveda treatments in India, US, UK and Dubai. Travel org has announced that it will soon launch Crest Ayurveda, a new division of its medical services to cater to the Wellness Tourism segment. Crest Ayurveda will offer services and treatments at five and four-star hotels and resorts. In India the division will focus on Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and other major cities.

Commenting on the Joint Venture, Venkatesh K, CEO, and Travel Org offered, “Through this JV, we will handle the marketing of Crest Ayurveda and infrastructure aspect, while NATS will provide for the medical treatment services. We have been convinced that Nagarjuna Ayurveda serves to propagate and popularize Ayurveda with keen focus on authentic Ayurveda treatments thereby incorporating modern research and technology to answer current health problems with world class standards.”

Travel Org’s subsidiary – The Signature Crest, a leading chain of fully furnished serviced apartments is also expanding internationally. According to Venkatesh, a six-room villa started operations recently in London and plans are afoot to set-up luxurious service apartments in Singapore, Dubai, Colombo and Kandy. The properties will target the corporate segment offering them all services with an Indian touch.

Tourism ministry eyes Sikkim as yoga center

July 20th, 2008

New Delhi: Sting discovered it first; Madonna ushered it into the Celebrity Hall of Fame and now the ministry of tourism wants to ensure that there are enough trainers to get ordinary tourists enthusiastic on to its miraculous powers of well being.

The ministry plans to promote institutes to develop skills in yoga and traditional systems of medicine to position India as the global destination for wellness.

The first institute of this kind will come up in Sikkim. The institution is a partnership between the state government, ministry of tourism and the ministry of health.

“We are in dialogue with the department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (Ayush) to draw up plans to produce the content for trainers,” a senior official of the ministry said. “Sikkim has taken the lead, but we hope more such institutes will come up in the future.” “These institutes will provide an opportunity to learn from a place that is recognized by the government. This way we can even guarantee the quality of people in the business.”

This institute will not only impart skills on essential asanas, but the healing touch of Indian medicines. “The focus will be not only on Ayurveda,” the official said.
“There are other kinds of medicines too and the idea is that we want to promote different Indian ways of healing.” China has already cashed in on its healing-products market and a recent white paper claimed that the industrial output value of traditional Chinese medicine touched $25.98 billion last year.

Yoga — which Jennifer Aniston has claimed to have saved her after her split with Brad Pitt— has been one of India’s most successful exports to the US, but its effectiveness has caught the imagination even in South Africa. On popular demand, the ministry of tourism is organizing a food festival with a yoga practitioner thrown in.

“Ayush has concentrated only on very theoretical knowledge so far,” the official said. “In these institutes, we will focus on developing core competency to look at India as a wellness destination to cater to a market.” While the ministry of tourism so far has only been promoting destinations in India that specialize in rejuvenation skills, this is for the first time that it is planning to get involved in manpower training.

“The ministry of tourism is also in talks with the private sector so that the students that come out of this institute get fascinated,”’ a senior official said. With healing the new exhortation even in India as countless spas springing up across metropolitan cities, the ministry hopes that its trained Indian healing practitioners will get employment.

Leech therapy ‘cures’ paralysis, osteo-arthritis

July 18th, 2008

Lucknow: There is new hope for those suffering from diseases like paralysis, osteo-arthritis, hair-fall and skin disorders. The “Kaya Chikitsa” department of the Faculty of Ayurveda in the Institute of Medical Sciences at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) now offers treatment of these diseases through the leech therapy. Ayurveda experts at the BHU have been successfully using blood-sucking leeches to treat human ailments, including paralysis and osteo-arthritis.

“We have treated many complex cases of osteo-arthritis, skin disorders like leucoderma, alopecia (type of baldness), paralysis induced by brain thrombosis, besides filarial and diabetic wounds which usually take time to heal,” says Dr O.P. Singh, an expert in the leech-based prick and suck therapy.

The leeches, that often feared by humans for their blood sucking power, embody chemical enzymes which can work as catalyst in treatment of human ailments, by diluting blood clots in the infected body part, reducing the pain of the diseased part and ultimately improving the blood circulation in the problematic body area.

“Once the leech is allowed to prick and suck blood from infected body part of the patient, it not only sucks away the infected blood, but also salivates the treating attributes of the chemical enzymes into the patient’s body,’’ Dr Singh explained.

Giving the details of the procedure of the treatment process, Dr Singh said the leeches, before being administered on the patient’s body, were kept in a bowl of turmeric water that act as disinfectant and activating agent for the disease-treating leeches. The leeches are then set upon the infected part of the patient’s body to prick and suck blood.

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Ayurveda health talks in town this summer

July 18th, 2008

Lancaster - Maharishi Vedic Health Center has just launched a new series of Ayurveda health seminars and open houses for both medical professionals and the general public. Each seminar will focus on time-tested and evidence-based Ayurvedic solutions for prevention and reversal of specific health challenges such as heart health, poor digestion, ADHD, diabetes, women’s health, and more. The free open houses will feature a presentation on the fundamentals of Maharishi Ayurveda and a guided tour of the historic 1901 Thayer Mansion.

The topics will be presented by the center’s medical professionals, resident vaidya (Ayurvedic physician from India) and other senior staff members. Each seminar includes main point charts, Q-and-A, and breakout sessions for mastering the material.

Maharishi Ayurveda is the complete revival of the authentic science of Ayurveda, brought to our modern age by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and a group of world’s leading Ayurvedic experts from India. It offers an integrated consciousness-based approach to health, which takes into account all aspects of life — from our innermost self, to the mind, body, behavior, and environment. Health, according to Maharishi Ayurveda, is not just the absence of disease but is a natural state of wholeness in which mind, body, and consciousness are balanced and functioning together harmoniously.

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Four-day Global Convention on Ayurveda from August 21

July 13th, 2008

The four-day global convention on Ayurveda, beginning at Coimbatore on August 21, will evolve strategies for integrating Ayurveda in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and prepare a mission document for globalization of the ancient science. Efforts were on to formulate guidelines to offer Ayurveda treatment in its purest form and come out with strategies for integrating Ayurveda in the NRHM, Dr P Ram Manohar, secretary general of the scientific session of the conference told a press meet in Kochi.

World over the population of the aged is on the rise and the department of Ayush under the Health Ministry has identified geriatrics as a priority area, he said.

The conference, to be inaugurated by former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, also aims at coming out with a blueprint for setting up a national centre for geriatrics. The centre is to be set up at the national institute of Ayurveda at Jaipur. The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy ltd (AVP)’s geriatrics unit at Coimbatore would be upgraded to collaborate with the Jaipur institute.

Metabolic disorders and nutrition are the other two areas which the conference will focus on, he said. The deliberations will address the relevance of Ayurveda in addressing these critical areas of health care, Dr K G Ravindran, medical director avp, Coimbatore, said.

The conference is being held as a culmination of the year long centenary celebrations of renowned Ayurveda physician and founder of Coimbatore A.V.P. Arya Vaidyan P V Rama Varier. The conference will also prepare a vision document for globalization of Ayurveda. Around 110 scholars from India and abroad will address the sessions in which about 2500 delegates, including 300 from abroad are expected to participate.

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Kerala Ayurveda companies join hands to battle new retail giants

July 13th, 2008

Kochi: Kerala’s Rs600 crore organized Ayurveda industry is embarking on an expansion and quality improvement drive as it braces to compete with retail giants moving into its turf. After a joint venture with state agencies to ensure uniform testing and manufacturing facilities, the industry wants to set up an Ayurveda export promotion council to boost exports.

The impulsion for the drive comes from the entry of firms such as Reliance Retail, through its Reliance Wellness unit, Hindustan Unilever Ltd’s (HUL’s) Ayush and Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd’s Tulsi brand of Ayurveda drugs and health centres.

Their entry into the ancient Indian system of health care is a sign of “the appeal Ayurveda holds for consumers”, says P.R. Krishna Kumar, head of the Confederation for Ayurvedic Renaissance Keralam Pvt. Ltd (CARe-Keralam), a group of 15 Ayurveda firms that are trying to reinforce the strength of their traditional knowledge of the “science of life” with marketing muscle.

Vaidyaratnam Oushadasala, which makes and markets Ayurvedic drugs and runs a nursing home, plans to set up 500 retail outlets across the country in two years, taking the total to 1,500, said managing partner E.T. Neelakandhan Mooss. The outlets will have a qualified Ayurveda doctor to attract patients. The firm has two manufacturing units, and will set up a third at Pollachi in Tamil Nadu to take advantage of the availability of herbs and cheap labour there. Vaidyaratnam also proposes to double the bed capacity of its nursing home at Thrissur in Kerala to 200.

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The way for caring Diabetics in Ayurveda Vedanta

July 8th, 2008

Diabetes Mellitus is caused either by a lack of insulin or body’s inability to use insulin also known as maturity onset, diabetes is often triggered by obesity stress and a sedentary life style. Aasyasukham swapnasukham dadheeni gramyodakanuparsah payaamsi! Navannpannam gudvaikritam cha pramehahetu kafkrichcha sarvam!!

The term ‘Madhumeha’ is used in ‘Charaka Samhita’ (1000-1500 BC), ‘Susruta Samhita’ (100-500 BC) for the multi systemic metabolic disorders effecting multi tissues, Diabetes Mellitus. Incidences of diabetes type-II, increasing along with the increase in materialistic orientation of society; the epidemic like situation is traced in the mutation of changes in related genes and metabolic mechanisms by scientists of the field ; 230 millions of diabetics are living with the disease. It is emerging as the seventh leading causes of mortality.

In medical texts of Indian system of medicine-Ayurveda genetic susceptibility, indulgence in excess intake of milk and its products, sugarcane juice and its products, meat of animals from marshland, food products prepared from cereals that are less than one year, recently prepared wines, physical inactivity, excessive sleep, no day-to-day activity related to mental planning, excessive mental worry ,obesity and sedentary life habits and faulty eating habits like eating when earlier taken food is not digested, eating food without any appetite, overeating.

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