Monday, September 17, 2018

Ayurveda-for-diabetes campaign by Centre

New Delhi: Stepping up efforts to fight the spread of diabetes that afflicts 7.29 crore Indians, the Union government is ready with a mega educational campaign ahead of the World Diabetes Day observed on November 14 every year.

Officials said the awareness drive of the Ayush ministry will revolve around the theme ‘The Family and Diabetes’ with a special focus on promoting ayurvedic medicines to fight the disease.

The ministry is planning to work in mission mode to promote traditional medicines to counter diabetes, realising that by 2030 nearly 9 per cent of India’s population is likely to be affected from this chronic, metabolic disease that takes a toll on vital organs and damages tissues.

According to the WHO, diabetes affects approximately 42 crore people worldwide with China topping the list. In 2017, China had 11.43 crore people suffering from diabetes followed by India with 7.29 crore.

Minister of state of Ayush Shripad Naik has said that the government is promoting research in alternative traditional medicines and their integration with modern medicine.

The Ayush ministry has also launched ‘Madhumeha Mission’ — integrating Ayurveda with modern medicine — at health centres across the country.

The WHO has listed 21,000 medicinal plants across the world and out of these 2,500 species are found in India. Nearly 150 species are currently being used commercially for producing medicines.

The Central government has also roped in IIT-Bombay and AIIMS for conducting research to counter allegations that ayurvedic medicines are not effective.

In India, herbs like daruharidra, giloy, gudmar and bitter gourds have been commonly used as anti-diabetic and anti-hyperglycemic agents as these not only target the reason of the disease but also improve a patient’s immunity.

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