Archive for February, 2010

Programme to incorporate ayurveda in rural women’s healthcare

February 11th, 2010
With an aim to ensure that ayurveda is accessible to the rural community, especially women, efforts are being made to make the discipline a part of primary health centres and create awareness about it.
A programme has been conceptualized to create awareness, clear myths and generate suggestions for policy formulations for incorporating ayurveda in National Rural Healthcare systems for women.
“We propose to understand the science and logic behind traditional lifestyles and know the different options available for affordable and alternative means of good health for our rural populace,” an NGO participating in a seminar on ayurveda said.
A good example are the traditional ‘dais’ or midwives who have undoubtedly played a very significant role in human resource development but little or not effort has been made to upgrade their skills to meet new challenges, it said.
Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said rural women not being so well-educated are dependent on local health workers, governments’ hospitals and sometimes on the information that trickles down to them from urban lifestyles.
The seminar also recognized the need to clear some myths amongst both urban and rural women about some practices related to women-specific lifestyles.

Birla Kerala Ayurveda Spa To Open In Kuala Lampoor

February 9th, 2010
Kerala’s ancient ayurveda rejuvenation therapy, known for its traditional healing of aching muscles and invigorating lethargic bodies, will soon be available in Malaysia.
India’s major ayurvedic company, Birla Kerala Vaidyashala (BKV), is preparing to open a holistic ayurveda medical spa in Kuala Lumpur by next month once the Malaysian authorities gave the go-ahead.
Spurred by the demand for alternative traditional treatments worldwide, the company was on an aggressive overseas expansion drive, with Kuala Lumpur and Colombo on its regional radar at the moment, while Singapore would be its later destination.
The company offers a range of ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies, similar to the ones found in Kerala, at its Kuala Lumpur centre, which would be managed by experts from India.
In India, besides rejuvenation therapies, BKV offers a gamut of treatments for lifestyle disorders such as obesity, arthritis and diabetes. Treatment for chronic ailments like asthma and rheumatism are also available.
At BKV centres, doctors blend exotic herbs and traditional healing methods to cure these ailments.
Ayurveda is known for prevention of diseases and it is gaining popularity & BKV is offering a range of wellness treatment for Malaysians.BKV will have one doctor and four therapists. The future expansion in Malaysia will depend on market responses
Currently, the company has 25 treatment spas in India and plans to open another 200 more this year

Ayurveda Medical College to come up in Mahe

February 7th, 2010
A medical college offering Ayurveda courses would be started next year in Mahe as there was good response to it in the region, home and health minister E Valsaraj said here today.
Mahe in Kerala is an enclave of the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Speaking after inaugurating the two-day ninth annual conference of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Associations of Plastic Surgeons here, Valsaraj said the first Puducherry government run medical college would go on stream in the 2010-11 academic year, offering 150 MBBS seats.
Stating that Puducherry was now becoming a hub of medical education in the country, he pointed out that there are already seven medical colleges in the private sector.
Asserting that there was a need to restructure courses in government arts colleges here, he said Mahe region had an arts
college started some 40 years ago. Although the 10 courses offered in this college could have a student strength of 240, around 160 seats went abegging.
Outdated arts and science courses would have no relevance in the changing context. Hence collegiate education required to be revamped he said.
Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry University JAK Tareen who presided and released a souvenir of the conference, said the university was keen on having collaborative programmes and academic activities with medical colleges in Union Territory. New non-clinical courses were also finalised for introduction in the university, he said.

A medical college offering Ayurveda courses would be started next year in Mahe as there was good response to it in the region, home and health minister E Valsaraj said here today. Mahe in Kerala is an enclave of the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Speaking after inaugurating the two-day ninth annual conference of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Associations of Plastic Surgeons here, Valsaraj said the first Puducherry government run medical college would go on stream in the 2010-11 academic year, offering 150 MBBS seats.
Stating that Puducherry was now becoming a hub of medical education in the country, he pointed out that there are already seven medical colleges in the private sector.
Asserting that there was a need to restructure courses in government arts colleges here, he said Mahe region had an artscollege started some 40 years ago. Although the 10 courses offered in this college could have a student strength of 240, around 160 seats went abegging.
Outdated arts and science courses would have no relevance in the changing context. Hence collegiate education required to be revamped he said.
Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry University JAK Tareen who presided and released a souvenir of the conference, said the university was keen on having collaborative programmes and academic activities with medical colleges in Union Territory. New non-clinical courses were also finalised for introduction in the university, he said.