President for crackdown on Ayurveda `quacks`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 07, 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 07, 2009, 18:09

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