The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu has called for steps to make India thriving center for natural healing and wellness in the world. He said India, once home to traditional systems of medicine and wellness practices must regain its position.
Addressing the gathering at the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Vaidya Ratnam PS Varier at Kottakkal in Kerala, he stressed that research must lead to evidence-based improvement in treatment protocols and help in producing medicines of excellent quality so that India becomes a thriving centre for natural healing and wellness in the world.
Expressing concern over the disturbing trend of increasing incidence of life style diseases such as diabetes and hypertension in India, Shri Naidu said that there was an urgent need to shift our focus from the treatment of these diseases to their prevention and general wellness.
Pointing out that despite, the non-supportive political environment created by foreign rulers, Ayurveda survived and thrived, the Vice President said that earned global recognition as a benign health care science with time-tested healing and wellness capabilities. “It is not just a system of medicine. It is also a philosophy of life,” he added.
He said that Ayurvedic practices and wellness solutions coupled with yoga and other forms of physical exercise could go a long way in preventing and controlling lifestyle-related illnesses.
The Vice President said that there was an immediate need to integrate and harmonise traditional systems like Ayurveda with the modern allopathic system for enhancing the efficacy of treatments.
He said that holistic and comprehensive the approach adopted in Ayurveda could play an important role in treating chronic and lifestyle diseases.
“As a practicing science, the system of Ayurveda needs to be strengthened through research. The ancient wisdom in this traditional system of medicine is still not exhaustively explored,” the Vice President said.
Observing that ancient system of medicine using herbs and plants exist all over the globe, the Vice President said there should be a regular exchange of information between nations to further strengthen healing protocols based on natural remedies.
He said that the dialogue between natural healing practices of nations should be constantly nurtured so that knowledge does not stagnate and innovation happens constantly. However, any protocol or practice must be evidence-based.
Referring to developing technologies in the fields of Molecular Biology and DNA profiling, Vice President Naidu observed that exploration for new knowledge must happen constantly, especially in fields such as Ayurveda. He said that participation and expending research in such areas would be helpful in learning more about plants and their properties.