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President for crackdown on Ayurveda `quacks`

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 18:09

New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday
sought strict action against "quacks" who are bringing a bad
name to Ayurveda and advocated documentation, collation and
certification of therapies of the medicinal system.

"People have respect for Ayurveda but some people who do
not have knowledge of the medical system are also doing
practice which is damaging the Ayurveda. There is a need for
strict action against such people," she said during the
inauguration of centenary celebrations of All India Ayurveda
Congress here.

Patil said there should be proper registration of
"vaidyas" -- practitioners of Ayurvedic medicinal system --
along with their proper education and training.

According to estimates, there are about six lakh
registered Ayurvedic doctors in the country but reports of
medical practice by "quacks" is quite common, organisers of
the event said.

"Knowledge of Ayurveda is scattered...There is a need for
collecting and certification of the therapies...Sometimes
practitioners do not share the knowledge with others and it
finally goes (away) with them. I urge vaidyas and experts to
collect and document this knowledge," Patil said.
President Patil said some Ayurvedic medicine
manufacturers are using modern methods to increase their
production which is affecting the efficacy of the drugs.

"Some drugs need particular style of crushing and
preparations which are being replaced by the modern production
techniques resulting in adverse effect on its efficacy. The
manufacturers need to pay full attention to purity, quality
and pharmacopian standards of the drugs," she said.

She said there was an urgent need for patenting Ayurvedic
drugs. Only then, it will accepted as Indian knowledge.

While the President was advocating traditional methods of
preparing the drugs to retain their efficacy, Delhi Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit said the problem with the Ayurvedic
drugs is that they require a lot of manual labour and is
difficult to prepare. Hence, modern methods should be
incorporated to boost production, she felt.

The President also presented the first Ayurveda Seva
Samman to Chandrakant P Shukla, former dean of Gujarat
Ayurvedic College, for his exemplary work in the promotion of
the traditional medicinal system.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 18:09

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