Anand Chaudhary,Ph D firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see attached news of researches of DRDO launched with name of PERFORMAX where only Herbal word is used in press release of PIB of Govt of India . Where as in news of chinese medicine researcher quoted –
“By applying modern techniques and rigor to a heritage provided by 5,000 years of Chinese traditional practitioners, she has delivered its riches into the 21st century.”
Please see detail of these news on under mentioned link
Ayurveda but not Ayurveda by DRDO Performax.docx content
Pallam Raju Launches DRDO Developed Performance Enhancing Drug for High-Altitude Areas
The Minister of State for Defence Dr M M Pallam Raju launched a composite herbal formulation named ‘Perfomax’ that has been developed by DRDO and has been found to improve physical and mental performance in High Altitude and Hypoxic Conditions at a function held in Leh, Ladakh today. The formulation is rich in antioxidants and other bioactive compounds that improve performance of brain, heart, kidney and lungs and improves blood circulation.
He also inaugurated a Conference on “Emerging Trends in Food and Health Security in Cold Deserts”, orgainsed by the Leh-based Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), a frontier laboratory of DRDO. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Pallam Raju called for rigorous extension activities in collaboration with the State Departments to ensure that the agro-animal technologies developed by the DRDO reach the farmers even in the remotest locations. He also lauded the DIHAR for promoting Solar Energy to provide energy security in the region.
In his address Dr William Selvamurthy, Chief Controller R&D (Life Sciences), DRDO stressed on the need for increasing the vegetable production in the cold deserts to an extent of creating a self-sustainable system with minimal dependency on the plains for fresh food and dairy products. Dr R B Srivastava, Director, DIHAR listed the initiatives taken by DIHAR to augment the agro- animal productivity in the trans-Himalayan region that has resulted in increased local production of fresh vegetables, meat, poultry and dairy products in the region. Shri Rigzin Spalbar, Chief Executive Councillor, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) lauded the scientists of DIHAR for their relentless efforts in educating the farmers on advanced agro-animal technologies that has resulted in increased production of vegetables in Ladakh.
Dr Pallam Raju later released a book entitled “Innovations in Agro-Animal Technologies” which is a compilation of the advanced agro-animal techniques pertaining to cold deserts. He also inaugurated a “Hall of Scientific Excellence” in DIHAR campus where all the technologies developed by DRDO will be showcased for the army and civilians.
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I share your agony with a very heavy heart. It is the tendency of we Indians to neglect our heritage and glorify small things when it comes from west. But I am always optimistic because Ayurveda is such a robust system that it could with stand the onsalught of many alien forces for more than 1500 years. It has the resilience and depth to spread slowly but surely. I known from my own experience of > 32 years. I never imagined Ayurveda would get so much of attention at international level and importance even in our own country when I started in 1979. It is significant to note that it has occured in spite of not receiving proper patronage and support from any body including Govt. Look how people are getting attracted to Pkarma all over the world. Just imagine that Dr. S.H.Acharya has already tied up for PKarma short term course and consultancy in Venezeula and Cost Rica.
But what hurts me like you is the callous negligence of our main stream scientist and politicians. Our children are never taught any thing about Ayurveda or its concepts. Allopathy guys are not taught even iota of it though they patronize and prescribe some of our formulation more than any body else. There should be few chapters about Ayurveda at all level starting from primary school up to 12th .
There seems to be a failure on the part of our Ayruved fraternity- why our so many Associations not taking up this issue with the govt and other scientific associations about the importance of propagating the contribution of Ayruveda. All our well known drugs – Aswagandha, triphala, guduchi, amlaki, trikatu, haldi, arjuna etc have proven to be wonderful with unique mechanism of actions. There is hardly any drug which is well known in Ayurveda and which has been diapproved not to have the claimed property. Now, even virechana and vamana are being recognized to have very good therapeutic potential.
One of the main contributing factor is lack of vision and farsight in our planners and administrators; the most unfortunate thing is that the policies are being formulated by non-ayruvedic persons not perceptive about the conceptual robustness and importance of Ayurveda and or ayurvedic persons ( not having any stature as ayruvedi scholars) being under the influence of such persons. This may be for good in the long run – higher the puta better would be the quality of Bhasma- similarly greater their machinations – greater would be the growth of Ayurveda and it will be long lasting. Make every effort to bring this situation to the notice of the people through your friends in different field.
chandra katiyar firstname.lastname@example.org
Regarding DRDO news item, let us learn to live with these kind of neglects but with resolve to excel in our own fields and give our best to our science which forces others to give due recognition to Ayurveda. We should learn how to ignore such neglects rather than moan and groan about them.
I wonder why Ministry of Defence has so far not given recognition to Ayurveda in its own Hospitals and system and still DRDO continues to work on herbal drugs, for whom?
Dr Selvamurthy, Chief Controller of R&D, DRDO, a great proponent and believer of Ayurveda, travelled as member of a Govt of India delegation (of which I was also a member) to London few years ago to make a presentation to Lord Walton’s Committee regarding scientific aspects of Ayurveda but even he could not convince his ministry to introduce Ayurveda in the Hospitals of the Ministry of Defence. I fail to understand how would he introduce these Ayurvedic/ Herbal products developed by DRDO in his own system.
Vaidya Balendu Prakashbalenduprakash@gmail.com
I whole heartily endorse the views expressed by Dr C K Katiyar. Until, we ayurveda professional bring some innovation ourselves for mass uses, the scientist of other branches will never ever endorse ayurveda.
One should take note from history and should not wait for our face in merely in their reference list. Give innovation from our tradition to the society and get back all rewards and acknowledgement. Chanakya Rishi has quoted that learn to eat by snatching – an inbuilt quality of a rooster:-) Keep cool and do not give undue weightage to any of such scientist.
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It is a serious ethical issue that leads taken from AYUSH are not acknowledged and are not even mentioned in scientific articles published by non-AYUSH researchers. Efforts are required to lay down the condition of seeking mandatory ethical clearance for the mention of AYUSH in all research studies/publications based on AYUSH products/therapies/concepts.
Anand Chaudhary <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Of course these points are already on discussion table with the vision and views of Prof R H Singh Sir and some other stalwarts of field from all across country.
But , now question persist that how we can convince Indian Scientist to work like Chinese Scientists for the new innovation in their Indian medical system i.e. Ayurveda .
First , we have to change psyche of our people and we think process is on in positive direction
This is true that DRDO is little skeptic of using term Ayurveda although it makes a lot of experimentation with the same . Another recent example of this skepticism is seen in a press release of DRDO on 07.09.2011 in reference to their another HERBAL product for leukoderma. Interestingly , this product technology was transferred to Aimil , the well known giants of Ayurvedic drugs, the release did not mention that Ayurveda in any way is concerened with its development. To the surprise of all of us , the formulation contains Bakuchi as one of its key ingredient which is a thoroughly researched and referenced drug of Ayurveda recommended for its usage in leukoderma.
This is a clear cut example of violation of ethics of scientific research and writing. Using an already existing knowledge from the public domain without giving the proper credits or references to its original sources if they can be clearly traced (as in this case ) is stealing and DRDO should be discouraged and warned of this practice. I propose that Dept of Ayush should take a notice of this case and can ask for explanation from DRDO for not giving credits to Ayurveda for their so called novel product developments.
This is also important to see if any person from Ayurveda/ Unani was involved in these product developments .Ayush can force govt ofIndia to make a mandate that any research conducted on herbals should compulsorily involve some Ayush person specially if the research is funded by any of the govt agency or organization.
At the same time, when we show our discontent towards issues of neglect, we also need to think about the true contributions Ayurveda people are making to the society.A huge amount of Ayurveda is still a folklore or a home based practice.Where and to which amount Ayurveda institutions are contributing to the national health care? What we are doing to create a real quantifiable impact upon the health care need of our own people.What are the national priority ares of health care and where Ayurveda stands in terms of offering a dependable and reproducible plans to reduce the burden of disease or health care.
A societal neglect of Ayurveda is nothing but a mirror image of our own doings. If we change our selves , the reflections are bound to be corrected.
Vaidya Balendu Prakash
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First of all, hats off to Anand Sir for generating such a healthy discussion and attracting our attention towards this type of discrimination.I would like to point out that what is effective is self evident and
doesnt needs any attention. It is universal truth. However, todays scenario is different. What is attractive is perceived and accepted more.
Further, I am very sorry to say that researches over past 60 years in Ayurveda has not bore fruitfull results. Baring a few, sporadic “miracles”, there are meagre examples to which we can realy look upto. Ayurveda has been limited to Panchakarma. What about other modalities of treatment.
Question remains same. What are the contributions of Ayurvedic fraternity to society. Mass acceptance is also dependent on state patronage. Lacunas remain in many aspects. Many people are still doing comendable job. Modulation of teaching modules and mentality, inclusion of Ayurvedic fundamentals at school level curriculum, changes in teaching pattern at PG levels (more practical approach, rather than bookish) etc. are a few points where we can really concentrate. Many youth enering BAMS are frustrated. And a frustrated mind cannot create nobel prize winning material. Innovation requires creativity and free mind. Then only we will be able to create Vaidya Scientists (Courtesy to Namyata Pathak)
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