GUWAHATI, Nov 2 - Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi inaugurated a daylong workshop, “Ayurveda for Public Health” as part of celebration of the 3rd National Ayurveda Day organised by the North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy (NEIAH) at Vivekananda Kendra, Uzan Bazar here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Mukhi said, “Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine which stresses principally prevention of ailments rather than simply addressing the problems. In fact, ayurveda is believed to be the oldest medical science of human civilisation.”
The Governor said that traditional medicine, particularly herbal medicine, is considered as a major healthcare provider around the globe. This is especially true in respect of the North East which is known for its rich flora and fauna. The practice of traditional or folk medicines by the ethnic groups in the North East is based on age-old experiences accumulated through observation of natural factors, climatic demands, etc.
Prof Mukhi further said that ayurveda is gaining popularity in the treatment of many diseases especially in lifestyle disorders such as stress, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity and the like which are the most common maladies of modern lifestyle. Ayurveda provides a viable solution in the forms of proper dietary management, lifestyle advises, Panchakarma- like detoxification and bio-purification procedures, yoga, medicaments, and rejuvenation therapies. The holistic approach of ayurveda in treating the patient as a whole thereby facilitating complete physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being makes this science a wonderful option in the treatment of lifestyle disorders.
Governor Mukhi also said that proper research centres should be created where medicinal plants and all ayurvedic practices can be carried out and researchers should be engaged for proper documentation of the works. He also said that Kerala is marketed as a health destination mainly for its ayurvedic packages. Similar practices should be carried out in the north-eastern states to boost up ayurveda and promote medical tourism. The global market for herbal drugs is also increasing in a steady manner and India can play a major role in the global herbal medicine market considering its rich foliage of medicinal plants. “The need of the hour, however, is promotion of research and development in the field,” he said.
The Governor also asked the Director, NEIAH and other exponents in the field of ayurveda to plan and develop ayurveda for the North East and assured them of his support in the endeavour.
With the development of ayurveda, the problem of shortage of healthcare professionals in rural areas can be addressed to a great extent as it will indirectly open up employment avenues. It will also help promote medical tourism by popularising the Ayurvedic Panchakarma Therapy as well as promote the cultivation of medicinal plants as cash crops in rural areas for small farmers, the Governor added.