Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Yoga a panacea for AIDS, cancer: Ramdev :
BRUSHING ASIDE all the charges in his piquant style, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev once again claimed that Pranayam could cure cancer and raise CD4 cell count in AIDS patients. "But the irony is that instead of giving me funds for further research on cancer and other genetic diseases, the Health Ministry has slapped a notice on me," he said.

Talking to media persons at Mahamandaleshwar Swami Hansdas camp in Ardh Kumbh Mela area on Wednesday, Baba Ramdev said Pranayam was not a medicine. It regulates body metabolism and reduces stress hormones. "The government spends over Rs 250 crore on the research of single salt of an allopathy medicine. But we don't get a single rupee help for reviving the ancient science of Yoga and Ayurveda," he said.

"But we are quite excited over the results we got on patients suffering from blood cancer, prostate cancer, brain tumour, high BP and heart diseases. All the clinical evidences are available with us. We have now planned to invest Rs 250 for research on genetic diseases at Patanjali Peeth Hardwar," he added.

Baba Ramdev said as many as 1.15 crore people had benefited from Pranayam.

It reduces cholesterol within nine days and balances different chemicals in the body. "Still, I don't want people to trust me blindly. Neither I want them to disbelieve my claims. I only want people to experience the benefits of Pranayam and Yoga. The Pranayam also leads to spiritual awakening. The seven Paranayams taught in the Yoga camps were discovered by our seers thousands of years ago. I did some research on Pranayams and found that it has magical effect on the body," he said. Replying to the allegations that he charged excess money for Yoga camps and Ayurveda treatment, Ramdev said, "This is not true.

We are running four centres in Hardwar, Patna, Ranchi and Bhubaneswar, where Ayurveda medicines are distributed free to poor patients. We are also planning to open these centres in other states."

Baba Ramdev said he charged fees for Yoga camps to fund research activity.

"We need funds to develop Yoga and Ayurveda as holistic science. I also want to put an end to all controversy on Pranayam and Yoga," he said. With a touch of humour, Ramdev said he would take a dip in the holy Ganga but only in the company of media persons.

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