Monday, December 05, 2016

Now, ayurveda treatment gets insurance cover

In a major push to the Indian traditional systems of treatment, the Central government has agreed to extend insurance coverage to ayurvedic therapy as well.
The ayush ministry has also issued guidelines for claiming insurance for the ayurvedic therapies.
According to the ministry, the guidelines have been framed after consulting the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) as well as 23 insurance companies and ayurveda experts and industry representatives.
Only a few government companies were providing insurance coverage for select ayurvedic treatments,
It was for the first time that so many private insurance companies have come forward to provide insurance coverage to about 20 ayurvedic treatment procedures.
In the ministry's guidelines, the standard costs that can be claimed for various therapeutic procedures and the duration of treatments have been broadly listed.
The guidelines clarify that the insurance coverage will be provided to treatments carried out in ayurvedic hospitals registered with a government authority.
The hospitals must have at least 15 beds, and five registered ayurvedic doctors as well as adequate number of qualified paramedical staff. The hospitals must also be maintaining the daily medical records.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mobile App to help diabetic patients with ayurvedic medicines

Soon, people with diabetes will be able to find out what ayurvedic medicines to take to check their rising blood glucose levels. As part of its 'Mission Madhumeha' launched last month, the government is set to launch a mobile app which will suggest ayurvedic medicines for diabetic patients.

The app will be meant for use by both practitioners of ayurveda as well patients. It will help in identifying the type of diabetes a patient is suffering from as well as recommend which ayurvedic medicines can be administered to a patient, says Manoj Nesari, Adviser to AYUSH Ministry. The app is based on a set of guidelines issued by AYUSH ministry last month called "Protocol for Prevention and Control of Diabetes through Ayurveda".The protocol also includes a list of fruits and vegetables a diabetic patient should or should not eat. It also recommends an active lifestyle, physical exercise, yoga in order to avoid falling prey to diabetes.

There is also an assessment tool which has been developed to help a diabetic person know if it is time to visit a doctor for a checkup. A national protocol for treating diabetes through ayurveda was unveiled last month on National Ayurveda Day observed on October 28.

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Ashtavarga herbs in Chyavanprash

Pharmaceutical industry analysts have estimated that about 15,500 tonnes of Chyavanprash was sold across the country last year. Children and adults consume the product which is promoted as a remedy against cold, cough and respiratory infections among other health disorders.


The primary ingredient of Chyavanprash is amla, or gooseberry. The original texts of Ayurveda list thirty-eight herbs as ingredients of Chyavanprash, but most commercial formulations now use substitute herbs, including extracts of the eight plants named in traditional medicine as kakoli, kshirkakoli, jeevak, rishbhak, meda, mahameda, riddhi and vriddhi.These are collectively called ashtavarga and are believed to increase the anti-oxidant activity of amla.

"A 10th century commentary on the ayurveda text Charak Samhita specifically mentions alternatives if the ashtavarga are not available," said J.L.N. Sastry, head of ayurveda research at Dabur India, a company that manufactures traditional remedies, including Chyavanprash.

Scientists at the IIIM have already acquired three of the eight plants - jeevak, mahameda and rishbhak - and are trying to use plant tissue culture technology to grow them in the laboratory's greenhouse. Plant biologists from the IIIM are also collaborating with scientists in other academic institutions and local communities in the Himalayan region, and in parts of northern and northeastern India to look for the other five species.

Though Chyavanprash has been used for centuries, some scientists say that its therapeutic benefits still need to be rigorously assessed. A review of clinical studies involving Chyavanprash published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in August this year had found that while several studies have shown improvements in health status and immunity, most such studies have involved small samples of patients and short periods of observations.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Diabetes camps Now Offer Ayurveda, allopathy mix treatment

Patients at government hospitals can now choose between ayurveda or allopathy or a combination of both to treat certain ailments. From October 24 to November 14, 2016

Maharashtra state is set to hold massive screening camps in all the 36 districts for diabetes and use ayurveda. Ayurveda has recently become popular in government hospitals for treating kidney stones, arthritis, cardio-vascular ailments and urinary problems. For diseases that require non-surgical intervention and can be handled easily, medical officers have started referring patients to BAMS doctors.

WHAT ELSE IS MAKING NEWS Currently, 261 institutes in Maharashtra, including district, rural and sub-district hospitals, have an Ayurvedic doctor.

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Sunday, October 02, 2016

ANTI-DIABETIC AYURVEDIC DRUG: BGR-34

“The traditional knowledge from ayurveda is certainly valuable for discovering new drugs for diabetes,” Bhushan Patwardhan, professor of health sciences at Pune University said, adding: “But it should be based on scientific evidence for safety, quality and efficacy”, which is absent in the case of BGR-34.
In contrast, he said, discovery of artemisinin from traditional Chinese medicine — which has become a drug of choice for treatment of malaria and got its inventor a Nobel Prize — required over three decades of rigorous scientific work.
“India needs to follow the robust path of discoveries like reserpine (derived from the sarpagandha Indian snakeroot), used to treat high blood pressure and not succumb to cheap publicity or short-term economic gains that will eventually erode the credibility of India’s traditional knowledge heritage,” Patwardhan said.
“At the same time, government regulations, oversight and surveillance is required to ensure that gullible patients are not exploited by misleading commercial advertisements promoting various products by making unrealistic claims,” he added.
According to Patwardhan, BGR-34 is not the first ayurvedic diabetic drug to be commercialised without scientific validation. He says no published scientific papers are available regarding Ayush-82 — another anti-diabetic drug — developed by the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences under the Ayush Ministry and commercialised recently. (IANS)
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Herbs That Increase Platelet count in Dengue

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus.

Suffering from low platelet count is one among the prominent health problems a dengue patient suffers from. When the platelet count is below 150,000 per microlitre, it is estimated to be under the normal average number needed. There are no medical therapies that can help to increase platelet count, but only a few proven home remedies like herbs that can help increase the platelet count in the body.

Here are certain effective herbs that can help increase platelet count in Dengue patients.

1. Papaya Leaves - Consuming raw papaya leaves help to increase platelet count in dengue patients. You should crush some papaya leaves and make a glass of juice from it. Drink 3-4 spoons in every 6 hours.
2. Wheat grass -is known for increasing platelet count in the human body. In order to increase platelets, you need to drink 1/2 a glass of wheat grass juice with lemon juice in it.
3. Spinach Packed with a high amount of Vitamin K, spinach is remarkably useful to treat low platelets in a person. Consuming spinach aids to inhibit blood clotting in the body and also enhances the platelets count. You need to boil some spinach leaves in water and allow it to cool for some time. Then, add ½ a glass of tomato juice and drink this twice a day.  
4. Amla (Indian Gooseberry) - Consuming 2-3 amlas every day in the morning on an empty stomach can help to improve the count of platelets in the body. Apart from boosting the amount of platelets in the body, amla also helps to boost your immune system.  
5. Guduchi also known as Giloy- is known for increasing the amount of platelets in the body. You should make a glass of juice of Giloy and drink 2-3 spoons of it in every hour.  
6. Tulsi - Apart from boosting blood platelet count in a person, this sacred herb also helps in diminishing the stress level and in boosting the immunity of a person. You should chew some fresh leaves of tulsi after an equal interval of time.  
7. Aloe Vera- It can help to boost the production of platelets in the body. It not only aids to filter the human blood, but it also helps to prevent any blood-related infections. Drinking aloe vera juice is an excellent remedy to increase platelet count in the body.
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

'Papaya extract tablet boosts immunity, can't cure dengue'

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation on Thursday said that it will distribute pills made of papaya extract near public gardens and various urban and public health centres. The civic body will distribute the pills made of herbal concoction for free.

However, Ayurvedic doctors claim that these pills only help boost immunity and are not a sure shot cure for dengue. While the tablets are available over the counter, they are very expensive.

There are a number of cures for fever in ayurveda. "Consumption of bitter substances such as the extract of giloy or tinospora cordifoila, generally help cure fever. Giloy is useful in strengthening the immune system and builds up the body's defense against infections.

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