Archive for February, 2011
“The molecule- homo imperatorin- responsible for anti-fungal properties in the seeds of ‘bael’ fruit (Aegle marmelos Correa) has been isolated for the first time and it has taken five long years of research work,” said Bhuwan B Mishra, one of the members of research team while talking to TOI on Sunday. It was conducted in continuation of work on discovery of bioactive constituents from Indian medicinal plant, especially anti-fungal constituents, he added. The research study for isolation of ‘imperatorin’ and ‘iso imperatorin’ from the seeds of the fruit has been already published in Phytochemistry, a reputed European Journal in its December, 2010 issue.
Saying that special precaution for maintaining purity of the molecule was taken during isolation, Mishra also emphasized that the new molecule was characterized under infra-red (IR) spectrum, mass spectrum and ultra violet (UR) spectrum studies that also helped in analysis of chemical and medical properties of the molecule. The characterization and isolation of the molecule promises a new beginning for emergence of natural products in drug discovery apart from coming up with designer molecules with medicinal value, he added.
The ‘Bael’ plant is considered a sacred plant, commonly grown in temple gardens in the country and the fruit is known to possess significant therapeutic and medicinal value and is widely used in homeopathy and ayurveda.
The doctors should be registered under two categories namely Registration of a physician who possess medical qualifications and registration of traditional physicians. Ayurveda doctors must be registered under the AMC which it is attached to the Ayurvedic Department and about 13000 doctors are already registered under it and another 9000 special doctors in the field have also been identified.
In case of doubt, the public can inform about the Ayurveda doctors to the AMC on 011 5672906 as stated by Weerakoon.
GVK Bio, Natco Pharma, GE Healthcare, US Pharmacopoeia and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) will take part in the meet. Most of the buyers who are expected to participate in the meet are international non governmental organizations (NGOs). The promotion of vaccines, antibiotics, diagnostics, bio generics and oncology drugs are the limelight of the event.
Pharmexcil had earlier organized a similar event during the International Ayurveda Conference which was held in Bangalore.
The hospital has 60 beds and will provide specialized treatment for Diabetes, Hypertension, Migraine and other sports related injuries and posture problems. Dr. S Sajikumar, the Managing Director of Dhatri stated that there are a lot of people taking treatment for psoriasis, joint pains, neck and spine, rheumatic, hair and skin related ailments arthritis, etc and so they were looking into opening a hospital in the heart of the city. The hospital will also provide special treatment packages for bank, IT professionals and senior citizens. The hospital will provide expert treatment with specialized doctors and therapists.
Under this programme the Elders of the Aboriginal community world be encouraged to impart their knowledge to their young ones. Apart from this, action will be taken to record data about medicinal plants and the bio diversity, a press release by the Ayurveda Department said.
The Aboriginal Community will also be educated about the medicinal plants of economic value so as to encourage them to cultivate them and earn an income by arranging marketing facilities. The Cultural Affairs Ministry also conducted a research in this regard at the Nawinna Bandaranaike Memorial Ayurveda Research Institute.
During her stay here, they had discussed about the ways to improve the use of natural medicines in Cuba and talked about the advancements Cuba has made in the production of vaccinations. She spoke about the effectiveness of immunization treatments in Cuba which has brough down infant mortality rates to 4.5% for every 1000 births. She blamed the imposition of the USA in Cuba for the blockage of research in Biotechnology research in Cuba.
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This workshop is being organized with the active participation of Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Services (NABH). The event is being organized to define the areas of development in the wellness industry and strategize with the help of the industry for defining the road map for the government for next few years.
Union Minister of Tourism Shri Subodh Kant Sahay will inaugurate the workshop and Shri Sultan Ahmed Minister of State for Tourism would be the Guest of Honour. They will also release the Accreditation Standards for Wellness Centers on the occasion. These Standards have been prepared by NABH and are already approved by the Department of AYUSH.
Over 150 participants representing the captains of the wellness industry have been invited to the workshop and to deliberate on the issues concerning Ayurveda wellness Centers, Spas, Skincare Centers, Cosmetic Care Centers, Gymnasiums, Fitness Centers, preventive health care Centers, yoga centers etc. The objective of this workshop is to evolve a road map for formulating strategies for development and promotion of wellness tourism to position India as the leading destination for wellness tourism, incorporating the country’s natural attributes like Yoga, Ayurveda, Siddha, well developed Spas etc., increase visitation, length of stay and expenditure by wellness visitors and increased professionalism and excellence amongst those delivering wellness experience.
The participants have been divided into four groups to deliberate on the four topics namely; Accreditation and Way ahead, Capacity Building and Training of wellness professionals, Promotion of different components of wellness and Promotion of wellness tourism in India and abroad.
After deliberations, each group is expected to give Five to Six recommendations which would be then further shared with the entire participants for further deliberations. Thus finally five recommendations under each area would be presented to Ministry of Tourism as the road map for further development of the industry.
Accreditation Standards for Wellness Centers provide framework for quality of care for customers and quality improvement for Wellness Centers. The standards help to build a quality culture at all level and across all the functions of Wellness Centre. NABH Standards has ten chapters incorporating 84 standards and 396 objective elements. Accreditation Standards for Wellness Centers contains complete set of standards for evaluation of Wellness Centers for grant of accreditation. The standards focus on all aspects of service delivery like customer rights and education, infection control practices, trained and experienced staff, infrastructure, environment safety, processes and controls and statutory and regulatory compliances.
India, as the world knows, is a Wellness destination. The potential of wellness systems, developed through centuries of wisdom of this ancient civilization would be fully tapped. This is being done by positioning India as a centre of Ayurveda, Yoga, Siddha, Naturopathy, etc. together with the spiritual philosophy that has been integral to the Indian way of life. The Ministry of Tourism has highlighted wellness in a big way through publicity and promotional activities.
The quality of service involved with tourism plays an important role in the process of delivery. Service quality is an intangible, but crucial, area of interest to travel service providers. Accreditation Standards for Wellness Centers provide framework for quality of care for customers and quality improvement for Wellness Centers.
The growth of Tourism in the country and also demand for wellness centers has led to sudden surge in the Wellness centers across the country. Mushrooming of wellness centers in country has therefore given rise to the concern for quality service and standards to be followed by these centers. Therefore there was a need to have a system of accreditation in place that would be uniform nationwide and this has been fulfilled by NABH/ AYUSH coming up with these guidelines. The Ministry of Tourism has also extended its Market Development Assistance (MDA) scheme to wellness tourism service providers including accredited wellness centers. Presently the wellness centers accredited by State Tourism Departments are also eligible for the MDA. After the accreditation guideless of NABH is in place all wellness centers seeking MDA would be asked to be as close to the accredition guidelines of NABH as possible .The Initiative of accreditation of wellness centre by NABH and AYUSH has been greatly driven be the Ministry of Tourism through a series of meeting with the Wellness Tourism service Providers, State Governments and other Stakeholders.
Availability of skilled manpower is a major challenge faced by the travel and tourism industry in India today. This shortage extends to the Wellness Sector also. There is no defined curriculum for training of therapist in the wellness centers. The wellness industry has no alternative but to fill the void with untrained resources. Such a high proportion of untrained manpower would adversely affect quality of services offered to the tourists. Attrition, shortage of wellness therapist training infrastructure, qualified trainers, and lack of proper strategies and policies for human resource development will have an effect on the industry. The industry needs to address these problems at the earliest .This workshop would address the training needs of wellness sector.
The Ministry is developing Haridwar- Rishikesh as well as Puducherry as Wellness Centers, to give visitors a complete experience which is physically healing, spiritually enriching and mentally rejuvenating.