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Questions on Health

1.Question - What can I do to reduce my weight? Is there any treatment which can
help me without much side effects?

Answer - Yes of course , Ayurveda can help you reducing your weight without any
side effect , as this branch of medicine not only cures by medicine but also it
includes the lifestyle and food habits of the person which helps to cure the person
totally from the root cause.

2.Question Is there any cure for hair fall in Ayurveda?


Answer To stop hair fall we have to find out the cause as there are so many reasons
for hairfall. Thus to solve the problem Ayurveda is one the branch of science which
finds the root cause of the problem and cures the problem.

3.Question Is Ayurveda 100% safe to use?

Answer - Ayurveda is a Natural Science. Since Ayurveda says that alone medicines
cannot cure a disease thus it focuses on diet and lifestyle also along with medicines
as the foundation for good health. Along with proper nutrition, it uses Ayurvedic
medicines and therapies that have been used for thousands of years. Ayurvedic
Medicines have many properties and prospective actions, and, when manufactured
and used properly, they achieve the preferred results without creating further
Problems. So, as with any type of health care, it is important to have the guidance
and supervision of a trained Physician and Therapist through regular follow-ups and
good communication. At Global AYU Care we use only high quality, wild crafted and
organic herbs.

As these treatments are not performing the symptomatic actions and curing the
disease from the root cause, thus they are safe and Effective.

4.Question Can Ayurveda cure cancer, chronic diseases, or serious diseases?

Answer - As a Natural system of medicine, Ayurveda focuses on the Root cause of


the disease it tries to maintains the balance of energy. It views health as the
combine functioning of the organism as a whole, and states that no system can
work in isolation. Therefore, its goal is not just to treat or suppress symptoms, but
to restore balance so as to restore the natural harmony of the organism as a whole.

When the balance of the Dosha ,Dhatus and malas is restored, the root cause of
imbalance is removed, and the organism works properly (symptoms disappear).
Furthermore, Ayurveda uses the cleansing and reejuvenation program known as
panchakarma to detoxify and reejuvenate the Body at a cellular level, and thus
promoting overall health. So Ayurveda can definitely cure Cancer, Chronic and
Serious Diseases.

5.Question - Can I take Allopathy medicines along with Ayurvedic regime?

Answer- Ayurvedic Medicines can be used in combination with Western allopathic


medicine. Drugs can save lives, but because of their toxicity of the Allopathic
medicines they can also weaken or damage many organs in our body... Ayurveda
can help protect these damages and make the body stronger even after or along
with drugs or surgery. Thus it is very important to let the Ayurvedic Physician know
what medication you are on, so he or she can recommend the suitable medicines
and Regimine to you to follow.

6.Question - Can Ayurveda be used for acute Problems and/or for first aid also?

Answer- Yes, Why Not. Ayurveda can be used for acute problems as it offers many
simple treatments for acute and first aid ailments with therapeutic substances you
can usually find in your kitchen Ward. Most people are surprised at how simple it is
in preventing and treating common ailments with a basic Ayurvedic knowledge.
That is why we include a 'Home Remedy' section in Our Blog to help the people with
these small and so useful information.

7.Question - Does W.H.O. has recognized Ayurveda as a Medicinal Science?

Answer- Yes it has recognized Ayurveda as a Traditional medicinal Science .About


20 years back, W.H.O. adopted Traditional Medicine programme in combination with
the goal of health for all with the implementation of primary health care approach.
W.H.O. has an open mind on Traditional Medicine. However, it endorses only that
therapy which has solid scientific evidence with no toxicity should be used. In view
of this Ayurveda is duly recognized by W.H.O.

8.Question - Is there any common Ayurveda Medicines which can be used without
consulting the doctors?

Answer- There are many Simple herbal medicines in the form of powders, pills
tablets, syrups and decoctions can be used for the management of common
ailments like cough, cold, fever, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite,
body joint pains etc, even without the prescription of a doctor Like Triphala powder ,
Amla Powder , Neem powder , Isabghol , Chywanprash , Shatavari powder ,
Hinguwastak Churan etc. Similarly, herbal tonics/ health foods can also be
consumed if the same do not create any alarming discomfort or upsets.

9.Question - What do you mean by the word Ama?

Answer- TheWord Ama is considered as the toxins being formed by the improper
digestion of the food. It can be consider as the by-product/waste material of
metabolism that can be in any form: solid, liquid or gas.
During the process of metabolism if there is improper digestion of the food then the
toxin ama is formed. It is the undigested food materials which stays in the body for
long and convert into ama. This Ama is being absorbed in the body if not thrown out
of the body and then it spread to all part of the body causing so many health
problems. The body must have a management process to eliminate these waste
products. Therefore amais the cause of many bodily conditions. If the ama is not
cleared from the organ or extremity then the amawill become part of it and
consequently impair function of the body.

10.Question - When one should Consult an Ayurvedic Practitioner ?

Answer- A person can consult an Ayurvedic practitioner at any time whether he or


she is sick or not. If there is a state of imbalance in Dosha , Dhatu and Malas ,then
medicine can be prescribed. But if the person is healthy then they can be advised
regarding how to keep their body in a balanced state and according to their prakriti
or constitution they are informed in what ways their body may react if the balance
is not kept.

11.Question - What are the compositions of Ayurvedic Medicines?

Answer- Ayurvedic medicines are made from a combination of many herbs and
minerals. The Traditional Ayurvedic herbs are those native to the Indian
subcontinent. There are Purely herbal medicines made from various part of the
plants like roots, leaves, stem, flower, fruit, extract of the plants etc. Also Metals
and non-metals are used to treat chronic diseases like lead, tin, gold. Silver,
mercury etc. But the Main thing is these are first purified and All the toxins are
removed from these by doing various purification process and then they are used in
very minute dosages which has no side effect on human body, infact they have very
good effect on human body.

For example Gold and Silver are very good for nervous system as if they are purified
properly and used in prescribed dosages then it is going to increase the
Acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter in both Peripheral Nervous system and
Central Nervous System.

12.Question - How fast the Ayurvedic medicines and treatment be felt?

Answer- Basically it depends on the Disease first. It is needed to Evaluate that


whether the disease is Acute or Chronic. Usually people have misconception that
Ayurvedic medicines are slow acting. Thats totally wrong. The answer to this
question is that usually people initially avoid to go to doctor when the disease is
new. Then they try so many other things and finally when nothing helps they come
to Ayurveda. So by that time the disease has become chronic. So if a disease is
there for 6 months then to cure the disease from root cause will take at least 3
months.

This is basic things I am mentioning.Apart from this Ayurvedic medicines act very
quickly if taken properly at proper time and also if other things are followed
properly which is being prescribed by the Physician like regarding Food and life
style. Usually some effect is felt within 1-4 weeks and sometimes more again
depending upon all the criteria.

13.Question - What Are the Beauty Care Products in Ayurveda?

Answer - There are wide range of Ayurvedic herbalproducts which help to promote
radiance in the skin, hair and nails, teeth etc. They work for both men and women.
It is mentioned that whatever one can eat should be put on our skin or hairs. So One
cannot eat chemicals, so they are harmful for skin, hairs etc. Thus there are so
many herbal products like creams, soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, cleanser etc which
is natural and which enhances the beauty of the person naturally without causing
much problem. Many fruits , flower and plants are used for these cosmetics like
papaya , cucumber , grapes , apricot , olive ,rose , sandalwood etc are used. Often
the beauty of the person is enhanced through the taking of Ayurvedic preparations
which were prescribed for another condition but have an indirect effect on the skin,
hair and nails too.

14.Question - What are all the problems in which Ayurveda can help?

Answer - Ayurveda, can cure almost all the diseases as in most of the diseases
there is imbalance in Doshas , Dhatus and malas , so by bringing the them back into
balance according to ones constitution/Prakruti , by following the dietary and
lifestyle modifications and Ayurvedic herbs, there is reduction or elimination of
many disease. Some Specific health concerns helped through Ayurvedic principles
are given below

Chronis problems like -


•Sinusitis

•Eczema

•Psoriasis

•Vitilago

•Acne

•Dermatitis

•Asthma

•Arthritis

•Constipation

•IBS

•Diarrhea

•Ulcer

•Boils

•Allergy-skin/respiratory/hay fever

•Headaches

•Alopecia

Womens problem Like -

•Menstrual problems :Dysmennorra, Amennorrhea, Mennorrhea

•PMS

•PCOS

•Hormonal imbalance

•Acne

•Vaginal dryness
•Vaginal discharge

•Frequent urination

•Incontinence

•UTI

•Pain during intercourse

•Burning sensation during intercourse

•Cramp

•Fluid retention

•Bloating

•Menopause

•Hot flush

•Night sweats

•Burning sensation in the feet and hands

•Cold hands and feet

•Dryness in the body

•Constipation

•Loose motions

•Insomnia

•Light or disturbed sleep

•Anxiety, stress, depression

•Loss of hair

•Arthritis, osteo- arthritis

Problems related to Dental care-

•Bleeding gums / pyorrhoea

•Loose teeth
•Gingivitis

•Tooth decay

•Pure enamel coating

•White blotches on teeth

Eye problems -

•Dry, gritty eyes

•Red eyes

•Conjunctivitis

•Sty

•Watery eyes

•Long/short sightedness

•Blurry vision

•Tunnel vision

•Eye strain

E.N.T . problems -

•Tinnitis

•Otorrhoea

•Outer/middle/inner ear infection

•Ear ache

•Glue ear

•Sinusitis

•Polyps

•Bad smell in nose

•Adenoid problems
•Tonsillitis

•Laryngitis

•Pharyngitis

•Hoarseness

15.Question - Can the herbs like Ashwagandha, Gotu kola( Brahmi) , Shankpushpi
Jatamamsi helps taken in Insomnia and depression and can it be taken if on anti-
depressants?

Answer Yes these herbs can be taken for insomnia and depression. These herbs are
safe as they do not affect the metabolism of the Anti depressants drugs.

However, Ashwagandha and jatamamsi formulations should be used with caution if


you are taking on sedative (barbiturate) medication due to the cumulative effect.

16.Question - How does Gokshura Varun helps in Kidney (renal ) stones?

Answer -Yes . Gokshura is a very good in case of kidney stones as ithelps to break
the stones also due to its diuretic properties if flushes away the small calculi and
helps the person. On the other hand Varun has a healing property , thus If there is
any injury to the mucus membrane of the bladder varun helps to heal that. So these
two are good for Kidney stone.

17.Question -Can we use herbal medicines for psychological conditions?

Answer-In ayurveda there are so many herbs which are natures tranquilizers and
are amply suited to depression, anxiety and hyperactivity. These herbs have no
such side effects as compare to the other science and infact they strengthen the
nervous system and helps the patient a lot. Some herbs work as effectively as well-
established drugs, without the associated addictive tendencies.

18.Question - Does Ayurvedic herbs play a huge role in anti-aging. If so then how
does this work?

Answer -The above statement is true. Ayurvedic herbs does play an important role
in anti-aging, but it is important to take them with the proper food and also to follow
a planned life style as being mentioned according to the prakruti or constitution of
the person. There are dozens of herbs which has special rejuvenating properties
and a long tradition of promoting longevity. With combination of anti-oxidant
protection, improved circulation, enhanced immunity and increased neurological
function, a reversal of age-related degeneration is a achievable goal.

19.Question -How does herbal medicines helps to strengthen the immune system of
the person?

Answer -The Immune system has been recognized as the foundation of our health -
it is the bodys defense system which holds the key to longevity and freedom from
infection and Diseases. Herbs possess unique abilities to boost and maintain
immune health. There Are thus various herbs which boots our immunity like
Amlaki , Shatavari, Etc.

20.Question -How does herbal medicines helps to strength then the immune system
of the person?

Answer Panchakarma is one of the main treat mental Branch of Ayurveda. It helps
to clean the toxins that are accumulated from improperly digested food, as well as
other environmental factors, such as seasonal changes, stress and unresolved
emotions. Panchakarma treatments helps to neutralize the imbalances caused by
seasonal changes, which often weaken ones immunity and leave them inclined to
ailments such as inflammations, colds, flu, respiratory infections, allergies,
depression, etc., depending on the constitution and constitutional weaknesses.
Ayurveda recommends to do Panchakarma at least once a year to promote overall
health and longevity, and prevent many health diseases.

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AYURVEDA
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q.1WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
Ans) "AYURVEDA" is made up of two words-Ayuh and Veda. Ayuh means life and Veda means knowledge or science.
Thus "AYURVEDA' in totality means ‘Science of life'. It incorporates all aspects of life whether physical, psychological,
spiritual or social. What is beneficial and what is harmful to life, what is happy life and what is sorrowful life; all these
four questions and life span allied issues are elaborately and emphatically discussed in Ayurveda. It believes the
existence of soul before birth and after death too.
Q.2 WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF AYURVEDA ?
Ans) Ayurveda, the ancient most health care system originated with the origin of universe. With the inception of human
life on earth Ayurveda started being applied. The antique vedic texts have scattered references of Ayurvedic Remedies
and allied aspects of medicine and health. Atharva-veda mainly deals with extensive Ayurvedic information. That is why
Ayurveda is said to be the off shoot of Atharva Veda.
Q.3 WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC VIEWPOINT OF STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF BODY?
Ans) Universe as well as human body are made up of five basic elements colectively called ‘Panch Mahabhootas'. These
are Aakash (Ether), Vayu (Air), Agni(Fire), Aapa (Water) and Prithvi (Earth). The sixth mandatory component of life is
Atma (life spirit) without which life ceases. The human body is made up of Doshas (Bio-humours), Dhatus(Body matrix)
and Malas (excretable products). Vata, Pitta and kapha, known as Tridoshs are physiological entities of the body which
are responsible for carrying out all the functions of the body. Dhatus are the structural entities of thebody. These are Rasa
(Plasma), Rakta (Blood cells), Mamsa (Muscular tissue), Meda (Fatty tissue), Asthi (Bony tissue), Majja (Bone marrow)
and Shukra (Hormonal and other secretions of genital). Agni (Metabolic fire) is in thirteen different forms and carries out
the whole metabolism of the body. The waste products of the body which are excretable are produced in the body as bye-
products of metabolism. These are known as malas which include pureesh (faeces), Sweda (sweat) and Mutra (urine). All
biotransformations within the body occur through Srotases (body channels) which are the sites for action of agni.
Q.4 WHAT IS THE BASIC PHILOSOPHY OF HEALTH, DISEASE AND TREATMENT IN AYURVEDA?
Ans) As per Ayurveda, ‘Health' is a state of equilibrium of normal functions of doshas, Dhatus, malas and Agni with
delighted body, mind and soul. It means that when Dosh-Dhatu-Malas and Agni are constantly in a state of functional
equilibrium, then the health is maintained. Otherwise distortion of the equilibrium results into diseases. Erratic lifestyle is
believed to be one of the basic causes behind the failure of mechanism of maintaining equilibrium.
Treatment either with or without drugs and application of specific rules of diet, activity and mental status as described,
disease wise, brings back the state of equilibrium i.e. health.
Q.5 HOW IS DIAGNOSIS DONE IN AYURVEDA?
Ans) Diagnostic procedures in Ayurveda are two pronged; one is aimed to establish the state and type of pathology and
second to decide the mode of treatment tobe applied. The former implies examination of the patient and make different
investigations to diagnose the disease entity. Inspection, palpation, percussion and interrogation are the main modes of
physical examination. The second type of examination is to assess the strength and physical status of the individual so
that accordingly the type of management required could be planned. For this examination of Prakriti (Body constitution),
Saar (Tissue quality), Samhnan (physique), Satva (Mental strength), Satamya (specific adaptability), Aaharshakti (diet
intake capacity), Vyayaam shakti (exercise capacity) and Vaya (age) is done. On the basis of this examination the
individual is decided to be having Pravar bal (excellent strength), Madhyam Bal (moderate strength) or Heen Bal (low
strength).
Q.6 WHAT ARE THE MODES OF AYURVEDIC TREATMENT?
Ans) There exists eight divisions of Ayurvedic therapeutics, namely Kayachikitsa (Internal medicine), Shalya (Surgery),
Shalkya (Otorhinolaryngology and Opthalmology), Kaumr Bhritya (Paediatrics, Gynaecology and Obstetrics) Agad
tantra (Toxicology), Rasayana (Gerentorology), Vajikaran (Aphrodisiacs) and Bhoot Vidya (Psychiatry).
The principles of treatment are Shodhan (purificatory), Shaman (palliative and conservative), Nidan parivarjan
(avoidance of causative and prescipitating factors of disease) and Pathya Vyavastha (do's and don'ts regarding diets
lifestyle). Shodhan therapy includes Vamana (medically induced emesis), Virechana (medically induced laxation), Vasti
(medicated enema), shirovirechana (administration of medicines through nose) and Raktmokshan (Blood letting). These
therapeutic procedures are collectively known as Panchkarma. Before executing Panch karma treatment Snehan (olation)
and Swedan (getting perspiration) are to employed first.
Q.7 WHAT ARE THE MAIN CLASSICAL REFERENCE BOOKS OF AYURVEDA?
Ans) The main classical texts for reference of Ayurvedic principles comprise of Charak Samhita, Susrut Samhita, Astang
Hridaya, Sharangdhar Samhita, Madhav Nidan, Kashyap Samhita, Bhavprakash and Bhaisajya Ratnavali etc.
Q.8 WHERE DO RAW MATERIALS FOR MANUFACTURING AYURVEDIC MEDICINES COME FROM?
Ans) What ever is natural whether belonging to plants or animals or minerals: all are considered the source of raw
material for Ayurvedic medicines. However 600 medicinal plant products, 52 minerals and 50 animal products are
commonly used.
Q.9 HOW ARE AYURVEDIC MEDICINES MARKETED?
Ans) Ayurvedic medicines are marketed in various forms. The main ones are tablets, pills, powders, fermentation
products (Asva-arishta), decoctions, medicated fats (Ghrita and Tel). For topical use drops, creams, lotions, liniments and
ointments are available. Dried plant extracts in capsule form are also in use presently.
Q.10 IS THERE SCOPE FOR AYURVEDA IN THE CONTEMPORARY PERIOD?
Ans) Ayurveda has a wide scope as far as the prevention of disease, promotion of health and its preservation are
concerned. Lifestyle rules mentioned in Ayurvedic texts if applied rigorously give definite results. Lifestyle related
diseases, drug abuse, degenerative diseases, auto immune diseases and certain metabolic and allergic disorders are well
manageable with Ayurvedic techniques and medicaments.
Q.11 IS THERE ANY RATIONALE BEHIND INTEGRTING AYURVEDA AND WESTERN MEDICINE?
Ans) Because of multidimensional wide range of efficacy of Ayurvedic treatment, where certain disease conditions or
symptoms become refractory to conventional treatment, a harmonised approach of these two systems of health care has
proven to be successful and fruitful. Sometimes Ayurveda helps for a synergistic activity while at other places to
antagonise and minmise the toxicity of modern drugs.
Q.12 IS AYURVEDA RECOGNISED BY W.H.O?
Ans) About 20 years back, W.H.O. adopted Traditional Medicine programme in conjunction with the goal of health for
all with the adoption of primary health care approach. W.H.O. has an open mind on Traditional Medicine. However, it
endorses only that therapy which has solid scientific evidence with no toxicity. In view of this Ayurveda is duly
recognised by W.H.O.
Q.13 DOES AYURVEDIC SYSTEM OF MEDICINE HAVE PLUS POINTS OVER CONVENTIONAL
MEDICINAL SYSTEM?
Ans) Being holistic and disease eradicative with principles of individualised treatment, condusive to socio-economic
conditions of India and with availability of abundance of formulations for any particular disease, use of food items as
medicine and lifestyle rules, Ayurveda enjoys a better place in respect of prevention and cure of the disease is concerned
in comparison to western medical system.
Q.14 WHAT IS THE MANPOWER AND INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE OF AYURVEDA IN THE
COUNTRY/STATE?
Sl. Item Country State
No.
1. Number of Registered Medical 361881 9420
Practitioners
2. Number of dispensaries 14252 557
3. Number of hospitals 2189 7
4. Bed strength 33145 364
5. Number of teaching institutions(Under 187 3
Graduate)
6. Number of upgraded Post Graduate Depts 51 6
7. Number of specialities in Post Graduation 16 6
Q.15 WHAT IS REGULATORY MECHANISM FOR AYURVEDIC i.e., EDUCATION AND PRACTICE?
Ans) The Central Council of Indian Medicine is a body corporate established under the provisions of IMCC Act, 1970 to
maintain Central Register of Practitioners of Indian Medicines and for dealing with matters connected therewith. The
Council is responsible for maintaining the minimum standards of education.
This Council as per the provisions in the Act. Introduced the following courses through Regulations.
1. Ayurveda Degree Course Ayurvedacharya (BAMS)
2. Ayurveda Post GraduateDegree Course Ayurved Vachaspati (MD Ayurved)
3. Ayurved Varidhi Ph.D Ayurveda
Q.16 How should I access Ayurvedic Medicines?
Ans) Ayurveda Medicines are being sold in two ways, by practicing Ayurveda doctors and through retail counters. Again
retail counters are of two types- purely Ayurvedic & secondly alongwith allopathic medicines. Classical Ayurvedic
medicines as mentioned in original texts of Ayurveda are usually available in former type of counters whereas patent and
proprietary medicines are mainly available in allopathic chemist shops. Both types of chemists by and large are available
in almost all small and big towns/ cities where from required Ayurveda medicines can be accessed.
Q.17 How do I find a competent Ayurveda practitioner?
Ans) Any Ayurveda doctor having such degree/ qualifications as mentioned in 2 nd ,3 rd and 4 th schedules of Indian
Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 is a recognized medical practitioner. BAMS and MD (Ayurveda) degrees of new
pattern and equivalent qualifications of the time before the enactment of Central Act are recognized qualifications for the
purpose of registration and practice of Ayurvedic Medicine.
Q.18 How safe is to buy Ayurveda Medicines over the counter?
Ans) Medicines are safe if the manufacturer is licensed and the label of the container specifically describes date of
manufacturing, expiry date, batch number of the medicine, dose and indications alongwith ingredients of the medicine
and necessary precaution.
Q.19 Can one take Ayurveda Medicine with modern medicines?
Ans) If not indicated otherwise by the attending physician, Ayurveda Medicines can generally be taken alongwith
allopathic medicines. Moreover, Ayurveda Medicines are used as adjuvant to allopathic medicines in most of chronic and
degenerative diseases. As such there is no harm to consume simple herbal formulations of Ayurveda even without the
prescription of the doctor but mineral based medicines must be used after due consultation and advice of the doctor.
Q.20 What are the common Ayurveda Medicines which can be used without consulting the doctors?
Ans) Simple herbal medicines like powders, pills & tablets , syrups and decoctions can be used for the management of
common ailments like cough, cold, fever, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, body & joint pains etc, even
without the prescription of a doctor. Similarly, herbal tonics/ health foods can also be consumed if the same do not create
any alarming discomfort or upsets.
Q.21 WHEN PHARMACEUTICAL LABORATORY OF INDIAN MEDICINE (PLIM) WAS ESTABLISHED
AND WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS?
Ans) Government of India in 1970 established PLIM as an organisation to monitor the quality of Ayurveda, Unani and
Siddha drugs. This is an apex laboratory helping to lay down the standards of Ayurvedic medicines. It is the approved
laboratory under the Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940. This laboratory is situated in the CGO Complex at Ghaziabad
(U.P.).
Q.24 What is Government doing for endangered Indian species of Medicinal Plants used in various formulations
of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy?
Ans) Threatened or endangered or vulnerable medicinal plants species are being attempted to be protected in various
ways. In situ and Ex situ conservation, development of Agro-techniques for cultivation of plants of medicinal importance
for commercial use, banning export of endangered species or their extracts or products made therefrom and encouraging
the farmers for propagation and cultivation of commercially viable medicinal plants are, some of the very important steps
taken by the Government to preserve the Indian species and to make these available for sustainable use. Restrictions are
imposed for rampant deforestation and collection of raw materials of medicinal importance from the wild sources.
Q.26 What are the main Rasayana (Immuno-modular) Medicines of Ayurveda?
Ans) Ashavgandha (Withania somnifera), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki
(Terminalia chebula), Shilajeet (Black bitumen or Mineral pitch), Suvarn Bhasm (incinerated Gold with herbal
excipients) are very potent Rasayana medicines, prescribed judiciously in somatic degenerative disease conditions for
immuno-modulation and and adaptogenic effects. Mandookparni (Bacopa Monieri), Mulethi (Glycirrhiza glabra),
Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) and Shankhapushpi (Convolvulus Plenricaulis) are from main Psychomodular Rasayanas
used extensively in mental disorders and for improving higher mental functions like concentration, retention and
memory, Vijaysara (Pterocaspus marsupium) for Diabetes Mellitus, Katuka (Picrosshiza kurco) for liver disorders
Vidang (Abies Webiana) for Hoelminthic induced Gasto intestinal problem, Bakuchi (Psorylia Corylifolia) for
Leucoderma Bhallatak (Semecarpur anacardium) for piles and autoimmune disorders), Shirees (Albizzia Lebek) fr
allergic conditions), Vacha (Acorus clamus) for speech disorders, haldi (Curcuma Longa) for urinary, allergic and septic
problems, Neem (Melia Azadiracta) and Khadir (Acacia Catechu) for skin problems and Chirayata (swertia chirayata) for
febrile disorders are some of the other Rasayana Medicines for disease-wise use.
Apart from the above mentioned medicines there is an eleborate code of conduct described in the classical text for
achieving rejuvenation and maintaining youthfulness.
Q.27 What are the aphrodisiacs/Sexual Tonics for improving the quality of semen/sperm count and motility and
fertility?
Ans) Musli, Kaunch, Shatavari, Gokshur, Ashavgandha, Utangan, Salmpanja, Vidari, Vijaya, urd, Bhautak, Akarkara,
Abhrak Bhasm, trivang Bhasm, Makardhvaj are some of the Vajikarana medicines which on judicious use and adoption
or specific do's and don'ts of diet, definitely give a desired result.
Q.28 Is there any regulation for manufacturing Ayurvedic Medicines?
Ans) Yes, there exists such a regulation bywhich commercial manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicines is regulated.
Manufacturers have to take prior license from the State Drug Controlling Authority for running an Ayurvedic Pharmacy.
Formulations whether classical or patent proprietary have to be got cleared from the competent authority before starting
commercial manufacturing.
Q.29 Is there any code of conduct for good manufacturing practices (GMP) in Ayurvedic Pharmacies?
Ans) Till date there was no provision/regulatory binding for ensuring good manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicines.
Imposition of GMP through an amendment in the current licensing procedures has been implemented w.e.f. 23-6-2000 .
This will not only pose stringent guidelines for having standard hygienic conditions in the pharmacy, but will also help in
improving the quality of medicinal products.
Q.30 What is Herbal Tea?
Ans) In fact, herbal tea is a misnomer, which confuses the consumer that it is a sort of tea made of tea leaves and other
herbal ingredients. Actually, Herbal Tea is a combination of certain medicinal herb components devoid of tea leaves,
which on boiling gives a palatable decoction and can be used as an alternative to conventional tea. In accordance to the
composition the so called herbal tea has appetizing, antacid, soothing, antitussive, anti common cold and anti pyretic
effects.
Q.31 Which are the well-known institutions/hospitals of Ayurveda in State?
Ans) Hospitals :
• Govt. Ayurvedic Hospital , Charminar, Hyderabad
• Govt. Ayurvedic Hospital , Erragadda, Hyderabad
• Govt. Ayurvedic Hospital , Warangal
• Govt. Ayurvedic Hospital , Vijayawada
• Govt. Ayurvedic Hospital , Banaganapally, Kurnool Dist.
• Govt. Ayurvedic Hospital ,Toopran, Medak Dist.
• Govt. Ayurvedic Hospital , Alluru, Nellore Dist. Colleges
• Dr.B.R.K.R.Govt. Ayurvedic College , Hyderabad
• Dr.N.R.S.Govt.Ayurvedic College , Vijayawada
• A.L. Govt.Ayurvedic College , Warangal .
Q.32 What and where are the specialised treatments of Ayurveda available in the State?
Ans) 1. Kayachikitsa 2. Salya 3. Salakya 4. Panchakarma 5. Prasati Stree Roga & Bala Roga 6. Kshara Sutra (Piles &
Fistula)

Ayurvedic Medicine (Ayurveda)


Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world's oldest medical systems. It originated in India and has
evolved there over thousands of years. In the United States, Ayurveda is considered complementary and alternative
medicine (CAM)--more specifically, a CAM whole medical system. Many therapies used in Ayurveda are also used on their
own as CAM--for example, herbs, massage, and yoga. This Backgrounder will introduce you to Ayurveda's major ideas and
practices and provide sources for more information on these or other CAM therapies.

Key Points
• The aim of Ayurveda is to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. This is believed to help prevent illness and
promote wellness.

• In Ayurvedic philosophy, people, their health, and the universe are all thought to be related. It is believed that health
problems can result when these relationships are out of balance.

• In Ayurveda, herbs, metals, massage, and other products and techniques are used with the intent of cleansing the body and
restoring balance. Some of these products may be harmful when used on their own or when used with conventional
medicines.
• Before you seek care from an Ayurvedic practitioner, ask about the practitioner's training and experience.

• Tell your health care provider(s) about any CAM therapies you are using, including Ayurveda. This is for your safety and a
comprehensive treatment plan.

1. What is Ayurvedic medicine?


Ayurvedic medicine is also called Ayurveda. It is a system of medicine that originated in India several thousand years ago.
The term Ayurveda combines two Sanskrit words--ayur, which means life, and veda, which means science or knowledge.
Ayurveda means "the science of life."

In the United States, Ayurveda is considered a type of CAM and a whole medical system. As with other such systems, it is
based on theories of health and illness and on ways to prevent, manage, or treat health problems. Ayurveda aims to
integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit (thus, some view it as "holistic"). This balance is believed to lead to
contentment and health, and to help prevent illness. However, Ayurveda also proposes treatments for specific health
problems, whether they are physical or mental. A chief aim of Ayurvedic practices is to cleanse the body of substances that
can cause disease, and this is believed to help reestablish harmony and balance.

2. What is the history of Ayurvedic medicine?


Ayurveda is based on ideas from Hinduism, one of the world's oldest and largest religions. Some Ayurvedic ideas also
evolved from ancient Persian thoughts about health and healing.

Many Ayurvedic practices were handed down by word of mouth and were used before there were written records. Two
ancient books, written in Sanskrit on palm leaves more than 2,000 years ago, are thought to be the first texts on Ayurveda--
Caraka Samhita and Susruta Samhita. They cover many topics, including:

• Pathology (the causes of illness)

• Diagnosis

• Treatment

• Surgery (this is no longer part of standard Ayurvedic practice)

• How to care for children

• Lifestyle

• Advice for practitioners, including medical ethics

• Philosophy
Ayurveda has long been the main system of health care in India, although conventional (Western) medicine is becoming
more widespread there, especially in urban areas. About 70 percent of India's population lives in rural areas; about two-
thirds of rural people still use Ayurveda and medicinal plants to meet their primary health care needs. In addition, most major
cities have an Ayurvedic college and hospital. Ayurveda and variations of it have also been practiced for centuries in
Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. The professional practice of Ayurveda in the United States began to
grow and became more visible in the late 20th century.

3. How common is the use of Ayurveda in the United States?


The first national data to answer this question are from a survey released in May 2004 by the National Center for Health
Statistics and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). More than 31,000 adult
Americans were surveyed about their use of CAM, including specific CAM therapies such as Ayurveda. Among the
respondents, four-tenths of 1 percent had ever used Ayurveda, and one-tenth of 1 percent had used it in the past 12
months. When these percentages are adjusted to nationally representative numbers, about 751,000 people in the United
States had ever used Ayurveda, and 154,000 people had used it within the past 12 months.

4. What major beliefs underlie Ayurveda?


Here is a summary of major beliefs in Ayurveda that pertain to health and disease.

Interconnectedness
Ideas about the relationships among people, their health, and the universe form the basis for how Ayurvedic practitioners
think about problems that affect health. Ayurveda holds that:

• All things in the universe (both living and nonliving) are joined together.

• Every human being contains elements that can be found in the universe.

• All people are born in a state of balance within themselves and in relation to the universe.

• This state of balance is disrupted by the processes of life. Disruptions can be physical, emotional, spiritual, or a combination.
Imbalances weaken the body and make the person susceptible to disease.

• Health will be good if one's interaction with the immediate environment is effective and wholesome.

• Disease arises when a person is out of harmony with the universe.

Constitution and Health


Ayurveda also has some basic beliefs about the body's constitution. "Constitution" refers to a person's general health, how
likely he is to become out of balance, and his ability to resist and recover from disease or other health problems. An
overview of these beliefs follows.

• The constitution is called the prakriti. The prakriti is thought to be a unique combination of physical and psychological

characteristics and the way the body functions. It is influenced by such factors as digestion and how the body deals with
waste products. The prakriti is believed to be unchanged over a person's lifetime.

• Three qualities called doshas form important characteristics of the constitution, and control the activities of the body.

Practitioners of Ayurveda call the doshas by their original Sanskrit names: vata, pitta, and kapha. It is also believed that:

• Each dosha is made up of one or two of the five basic elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth.

• Each dosha has a particular relationship to body functions and can be upset for different reasons.

• A person has her own balance of the three doshas, although one dosha usually is prominent. Doshas are constantly being

formed and reformed by food, activity, and bodily processes.

• Each dosha is associated with a certain body type, a certain personality type, and a greater chance of certain types of health

problems.

• An imbalance in a dosha will produce symptoms that are related to that dosha and are different from symptoms of an

imbalance in another dosha. Imbalances may be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle or diet; too much or too little mental and
physical exertion; or not being properly protected from the weather, chemicals, or germs.

In summary, it is believed that a person's chances of developing certain types of diseases are related to the way doshas are
balanced, the state of the physical body, and mental or lifestyle factors.

5. What is each dosha like?


Here are some important beliefs about the three doshas:

• The vata dosha is thought to be a combination of the elements space and air. It is considered the most powerful dosha

because it controls very basic body processes such as cell division, the heart, breathing, and the mind. Vata can be thrown
out of balance by, for example, staying up late at night, eating dry fruit, or eating before the previous meal is digested.
People with vata as their main dosha are thought to be especially susceptible to skin, neurological, and mental diseases.

• The pitta dosha represents the elements fire and water. Pitta is said to control hormones and the digestive system. When

pitta is out of balance, a person may experience negative emotions (such as hostility and jealousy) and have physical
symptoms (such as heartburn within 2 or 3 hours of eating). Pitta is upset by, for example, eating spicy or sour food; being
angry, tired, or fearful; or spending too much time in the sun. People with a predominantly pitta constitution are thought to be
susceptible to heart disease and arthritis.

• The kapha dosha combines the elements water and earth. Kapha is thought to help keep up strength and immunity and to

control growth. An imbalance in the kapha dosha may cause nausea immediately after eating. Kapha is aggravated by, for
example, sleeping during the daytime, eating too many sweet foods, eating after one is full, and eating and drinking foods
and beverages with too much salt and water (especially in the springtime). Those with a predominant kapha dosha are
thought to be vulnerable to diabetes, gallbladder problems, stomach ulcers, and respiratory illnesses such as asthma.

6. How does an Ayurvedic practitioner decide on a person's dosha balance?


Practitioners seek to determine the primary dosha and the balance of doshas through questions that allow them to become
very familiar with the patient. Not all questions have to do with particular symptoms. The practitioner will:

• Ask about diet, behaviour, lifestyle practices, and the reasons for the most recent illness and symptoms the patient had

• Carefully observe such physical characteristics as teeth, skin, eyes, and weight

• Take a person's pulse, because each dosha is thought to make a particular kind of pulse

7. How else does an Ayurvedic practitioner work with the patient at first?
In addition to questioning, Ayurvedic practitioners use observation, touch, therapies, and advising. During an examination,
the practitioner checks the patient's urine, stool, tongue, bodily sounds, eyes, skin, and overall appearance. He will also
consider the person's digestion, diet, personal habits, and resilience (ability to recover quickly from illness or setbacks). As
part of the effort to find out what is wrong, the practitioner may prescribe some type of treatment. The treatment is generally
intended to restore the balance of one particular dosha. If the patient seems to improve as a result, the practitioner will
provide additional treatments intended to help balance that dosha.
8. How does an Ayurvedic practitioner treat health problems?
The practitioner will develop a treatment plan and may work with people who know the patient well and can help. This helps
the patient feel emotionally supported and comforted, which is considered important.

Practitioners expect patients to be active participants in their treatment, because many Ayurvedic treatments require
changes in diet, lifestyle, and habits. In general, treatments use several approaches, often more than one at a time. The
goals of treatment are to:

• Eliminate impurities. A process called panchakarma is intended to be cleansing; it focuses on the digestive tract and the

respiratory system. For the digestive tract, cleansing may be done through enemas, fasting, or special diets. Some patients
receive medicated oils through a nasal spray or inhaler. This part of treatment is believed to eliminate worms or other agents
thought to cause disease.

• Reduce symptoms. The practitioner may suggest various options, including yoga exercises, stretching, breathing exercises,

meditation, and lying in the sun. The patient may take herbs (usually several), often with honey, with the intent to improve
digestion, reduce fever, and treat diarrhoea. Sometimes foods such as lentil beans or special diets are also prescribed. Very
small amounts of metal and mineral preparations also may be given, such as gold or iron. Careful control of these materials
is intended to protect the patient from harm.

• Reduce worry and increase harmony in the patient's life. The patient may be advised to seek nurturing and peacefulness

through yoga, meditation, exercise, or other techniques.

• Help eliminate both physical and psychological problems. Vital points therapy and/or massage may be used to reduce pain,

lessen fatigue, or improve circulation. Ayurveda proposes that there are 107 "vital points" in the body where life energy is
stored, and that these points may be massaged to improve health. Other types of Ayurvedic massage use medicinal oils.

9. How are plant products used in Ayurvedic treatment?


In Ayurveda, the distinction between food and medicine is not as clear as in Western medicine. Food and diet are important
components of Ayurvedic practice, and so there is a heavy reliance on treatments based on herbs and plants, oils (such as
sesame oil), common spices (such as turmeric), and other naturally occurring substances.

Currently, some 5,000 products are included in the "pharmacy" of Ayurvedic treatments. In recent years, the Indian
government has collected and published safety information on a small number of them. Historically, plant compounds have
been grouped into categories according to their effects. For example, some compounds are thought to heal, promote vitality,
or relieve pain. The compounds are described in many texts prepared through national medical agencies in India.

Below are a few examples of how some botanicals (plants and their products) have been or are currently used in treatment.
In some cases, these may be mixed with metals.

• The spice turmeric has been used for various diseases and conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease,
and wound healing.

• A mixture (Arogyawardhini) of sulfur, iron, powdered dried fruits, tree root, and other substances has been used to treat

problems of the liver.

• An extract from the resin from a tropical shrub (Commiphora mukul, or guggul) has been used for a variety of illnesses. In

recent years, there has been research interest in its use to possibly lower cholesterol.

10. In the United States, how are Ayurvedic practitioners trained and certified?
Practitioners of Ayurveda in the United States have various types of training. Some are trained in the Western medical
tradition (such as medical or nursing school) and then study Ayurveda. Others may have training in naturopathic medicine, a
whole medical system, either before or after their Ayurvedic training. Many study in India, where there are more than 150
undergraduate and more than 30 postgraduate colleges for Ayurveda. This training can take up to 5 years.
Students who receive all of their Ayurvedic training in India can earn either a bachelor's or doctoral degree. After graduation,
they may go to the United States or other countries to practice. Some practitioners are trained in a particular aspect of
Ayurvedic practice--for example, massage or meditation--but not in others, such as preparing botanical treatments.

The United States has no national standard for certifying or training Ayurvedic practitioners, although a few states have
approved Ayurvedic schools. Some Ayurvedic professional organisations are collaborating to develop licensing
requirements.

Consumers interested in Ayurveda should be aware that not every practitioner offering services or treatments called
"Ayurvedic" has been trained in an Ayurvedic medical school. Services offered at spas and salons, for example, often fall
into this category. If you are seeking Ayurvedic medical treatment, it is important to ask about the practitioner's training and
experience.

11. Are there concerns about Ayurvedic medicine?


Health officials in India and other countries have expressed concerns about certain Ayurvedic practices, especially those
involving herbs, metals, minerals, or other materials. Here are some of those concerns:

• Ayurvedic medications have the potential to be toxic. Many materials used in them have not been thoroughly studied in
either Western or Indian research. In the United States, Ayurvedic medications are regulated as dietary supplements (a
category of foods; see box below). As such, they are not required to meet the rigorous standards for conventional
medicines. An American study published in 2004 found that of 70 Ayurvedic remedies purchased over-the-counter (all had
been manufactured in South Asia), 14 (one-fifth) contained lead, mercury, and/or arsenic at levels that could be harmful.
Also in 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received 12 reports of lead poisoning linked to the use of
Ayurvedic medications.

• Most Ayurvedic medications consist of combinations of herbs and other medicines, so it can be challenging to know which
ones are having an effect and why.

• Whenever two or more medications are used, there is the potential for them to interact with each other. As a result, the
effectiveness of at least one may increase or decrease in the body. For example, it is known that guggul lipid (an extract of
guggul) may increase the activity of aspirin, which could lead to bleeding problems.

• Most clinical trials of Ayurvedic approaches have been small, had problems with research designs, lacked appropriate
control groups, or had other issues that affected how meaningful the results were.

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formulations. Number of Ayurvedic research institutes in different parts of the
country has taken up scientific research into these health care products.
Is there scope for Ayurveda in the contemporary period ?
Ayurveda has a wide scope as far as the prevention of disease, promotion of
health and its preservation are concerned. Lifestyle rules mentioned in
Ayurvedic texts if applied rigorously give definite results. Lifestyle related
diseases, drug abuse, degenerative diseases, auto immune diseases and
certain metabolic and allergic disorders are well manageable with Ayurvedic
techniques and medicaments.
Can one take Ayurveda Medicine with modern medicines ?
If not indicated otherwise by the attending physician, Ayurveda Medicines
can generally be taken along with allopathic medicines. Moreover, Ayurveda
Medicines are used as adjuvant to allopathic medicines in most of chronic
and degenerative diseases. As such there is no harm to consume simple
herbal formulations of Ayurveda even without the prescription of the doctor
but mineral based medicines must be used after due consultation and advice
of the doctor.
How do I find a competent Ayurveda practitioner ?
Any Ayurveda doctor having such degree/ qualifications as mentioned in
2nd,3rd and 4th schedules of Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 is
a recognized medical practitioner. BAMS and MD (Ayurveda) degrees of
new pattern and equivalent qualifications of the time before the enactment of
Central Act are recognized qualifications for the purpose of registration and
practice of Ayurvedic Medicine.
How safe is to buy Ayurveda Medicines over the counter ?
Medicines are safe if the manufacturer is licensed and the label of the
container specifically describes date of manufacturing, expiry date, batch
number of the medicine, dose and indications along with ingredients of the
medicine and necessary precaution.
What are the aphrodisiacs / Sexual Tonics for improving the quality of
semen / sperm count and motility and fertility ?
Musli, Kaunch, Shatavari, Gokshur, Ashavgandha, Utangan, Salmpanja,
Vidari, Vijaya, urd, Bhautak, Akarkara, Abhrak Bhasm, trivang Bhasm,
Makardhvaj are some of the Vajikarana medicines which on judicious use
and adoption or specific do’s and don’ts of diet, definitely give a desired
result.
Is there any rationale behind integrating Ayurveda and Western
Medicine ?
Because of multidimensional wide range of efficacy of Ayurvedic treatment,
where certain disease conditions or symptoms become refractory to
conventional treatment, a harmonized approach of these two systems of
health care has proven to be successful and fruitful. Sometimes Ayurveda
helps for a synergistic activity while at other places to antagonize and
minimize the toxicity of modern drugs.
Is Ayurveda recognized by W.H.O.?
About 20 years back, W.H.O. adopted Traditional Medicine program in
conjunction with the goal of health for all with the adoption of primary health
care approach. W.H.O. has an open mind on Traditional Medicine. However,
it endorses only that therapy which has solid scientific evidence with no
toxicity. In view of this Ayurveda is duly recognised by W.H.O.
Does Ayurvedic system of Medicine have a plus point over
conventional medicinal system ?
Being holistic and disease eradicative with principles of individualized
treatment, conducive to socio-economic conditions of India and with
availability of abundance of formulations for any particular disease, use of
food items as medicine and lifestyle rules, Ayurveda enjoys a better place in
respect of prevention and cure of the disease is concerned in comparison to
western medical system.
What is regulatory mechanism for Ayurvedic i.e. Education and Practice
?
The Central Council of Indian Medicine is a body corporate established
under the provisions of IMCC Act, 1970 to maintain Central Register of
Practitioners of Indian Medicines and for dealing with matters connected
therewith. The Council is responsible for maintaining the minimum standards
of education.
What are the diseases for which treatments is available in Ayurveda ?
Ayurveda has effective treatment for diseases of all systems of the body, of
persons of all age groups. There are special treatment for the diseases of
elderly, women and children. Disorders of nervous system, respiratory
system, digestive system, circulatory system, diseases of urinary tract, water
metabolism disorders of reproductive system, fibril and infectious diseases,
mental disorders and many more illnesses are successfully treated with herb
and plant based Ayurvedic procedures. But authentic Ayurvedic treatment,
medicine and facilities are only available in India. The Southern most state of
India Kerala is known as the 'heart land of Ayurveda'. "Panchakrama"
detoxification, and rejuvenation therapy was perfected in Kerala, the
mountains of which are rich in medicinal herbs. Ayurvedic medical system is
being upgraded all over India now to meet the needs of present day.
Research institutions and Ayurvedic medical colleges in India are engaged in
research and development which has resulted in bringing to light the efficacy
of many age old formulations. New drugs which can cure killer diseases in a
natural way are being formulated. Well-documented studies in many parts of
India confirm the breakthroughs in this field, through scientific research
studies, Ayurvedic doctors have unequivocally proved their claims of having
cured cancer. Effective herbal remedies to control diabetes are also
formulated. Many diseases for which modern medicine has no effective cure
are successfully treated by Ayurveda. Treatment of arthritis has been
perfected by Ayurvedic system, which is sought by many from all over the
world.
What is the Ayurvedic view of skin and hair care ?
Ayurveda emphasis the all important value of good diet as it creates good
quality nourishment. (Rasa) which in turn will nourish blood (rakta) and
subsequently influence the skin. Ayurveda says that skin diseases occur
primarily due to sluggish liver function which leads to ‘pitta’ and ‘kapha’
dosha dysfunction. Another vital factor that contributes to healthy appearance
is the clean bowel. Hence the need for regular and complete bowel
evacuation. The hair is the metabolic end product of bone and marrow. Thus
if the diet falls short of nourishing bones, the quantity of hair is affected.
Similarly stress and worry leads to unhealthy hair. Wholesome diet is
necessary for good skin and hair. Ayurvedic skin and hair care products are
formulated with this fact in view.
Why is Ayurveda becoming more and more popular in the western
world ?
Ayurvedic science though ancient, could not be more relevant to today’s
medical challenges and needs. In fact along with Buddhism it is the fastest
growing belief system in the West. In ancient India, Buddhism enriched the
Ayurvedic system and took it to the masses. Ayurveda is becoming so
popular because it complements western medicine and Ayurveda
understands how and why we become ill. It can offer effective treatment for
many conditions for which conventional medicine has not found cure.
Is there any regulation for manufacturing Ayurvedic Medicines ?
Yes, there exists such a regulation by which commercial manufacturing of
Ayurvedic medicines is regulated. Manufacturers have to take prior license
from the State Drug Controlling Authority for running an Ayurvedic Pharmacy.
Formulations whether classical or patent proprietary have to be got cleared
from the competent authority before starting commercial manufacturing.
Is there any code of conduct for good manufacturing practices (GMP) in
Ayurvedic Pharmacies ?
Till date there was no provision/regulatory binding for ensuring good
manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicines. Imposition of GMP through an
amendment in the current licensing procedures has been implemented w.e.f.
23-6-2000. This will not only pose stringent guidelines for having standard
hygienic conditions in the pharmacy, but will also help in improving the quality
of medicinal products.
What is Herbal Tea ?
In fact, herbal tea is a misnomer, which confuses the consumer that it is a
sort of tea made of tea leaves and other herbal ingredients. Actually, Herbal
Tea is a combination of certain medicinal herb components devoid of tea
leaves, which on boiling gives a palatable decoction and can be used as an
alternative to conventional tea. In accordance to the composition the so
called herbal tea has appetizing, antacid, soothing, anti-tussive, anti common
cold and anti pyretic effects.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
(Sources: Department of AYUSH)
Q.1 WHAT IS AYURVEDA?

Q.2 WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF AYURVEDA?

Q.3 WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC VIEWPOINT OF STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF BODY?

Q.4 WHAT IS THEBASIC PHILOSOPHY OF HEALTH, DISEASE AND TREATMENT IN AYURVEDA?

Q.5 HOW IS DIAGNOSIS DONE IN AYURVEDA?

Q.6 WHAT ARE THE MODES OF AYURVEDIC TREATMENT?

Q.7 WHAT ARE THE MAIN CLASSICAL REFERENCE BOOKS OF AYURVEDA?

Q.8 WHERE DO RAW MATERIALS FOR MANUFACTURING AYURVEDIC MEDICINES COME FROM?

Q.9 HOW ARE AYURVEDIC MEDICINES MARKETED?

Q.10 IS THERE SCOPE FOR AYURVEDA IN THE CONTEMPORARY PERIOD?

Q.11 IS THERE ANY RATIONALE BEHIND INTEGRTING AYURVEDA AND WESTERN MEDICINE?

Q.12 IS AYURVEDA RECOGNISED BY W.H.O?

Q.13 DOES AYURVEDIC SYSTEM OF MEDICINE HAVE PLUS POINTS OVER CONVENTIONAL MEDICINAL SYSTEM?

Q.14 WHAT IS THE MANPOWER AND INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE OF AYURVEDA IN THE COUNTRY?

Q.15 WHAT IS REGULATORY MECHANISM FOR AYURVEDIC i.e., EDUCATION AND PRACTICE?

Q.16 How should I access Ayurvedic Medicines?


Q.17 How do I find a competent Ayurveda practitioner?

Q.18 How safe is to buy Ayurveda Medicines over the counter?

Q.19 Can one take Ayurveda Medicine with modern medicines?

Q.20 What are the common Ayurveda Medicines which can be used without consulting the doctors?

Q.21 WHEN PHARMACEUTICAL LABORATORY OF INDIAN MEDICINE (PLIM) WAS ESTABLISHED AND WHAT ARE THE
FUNCTIONS?

Q.22 Does any programme for conservation and cultivation of medicinal plants exist in the Govt. Planning?

Q.23 What is Government doing for endangered Indian species of Medicinal Plants used in various formulations of
Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy?

Q.24 How is India’s traditional knowledge on medicinal plants going to be protected and what is being done to avoid
patents on Indian medicinal plants?

Q.25 What are the future potential programmes of Department of ISM&H?

Q.26 What are the main Rasayana (Immuno-modular) Medicines of Ayurveda?

Q.27 What are the aphrodisiacs/Sexual Tonics for improving the quality of semen/sperm count and motility and fertility?

Q.28 Is there any regulation for manufacturing Ayurvedic Medicines?

Q.29 Is there any code of conduct for good manufacturing practices (GMP) in Ayurvedic Pharmacies?

Q.30 What is Herbal Tea?

Q.31 Which are the well-known institutions/hospitals of Ayurveda in India?

Q.32 What and where are the specialised treatments of Ayurveda available in India?

Q.1 WHAT IS AYURVEDA?


"AYURVEDA" is made up of two words-Ayuh and Veda. Ayuh means life and Veda means
knowledge or science. Thus "AYURVEDA’ in totality means ‘Science of life’. It incorporates all
aspects of life whether physical, psychological, spiritual or social. What is beneficial and
what is harmful to life, what is happy life and what is sorrowful life; all these four questions
and life span allied issues are elaborately and emphatically discussed in Ayurveda. It
believes the existence of soul before birth and after death too.

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Q.2 WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF AYURVEDA?
Ayurveda, the ancient most health care system originated with the origin of universe. With
the inception of human life on earth Ayurveda started being applied. The antique vedic texts
have scattered references of Ayurvedic Remedies and allied aspects of medicine and health.
Atharva-veda mainly deals with extensive Ayurvedic information. That is why Ayurveda is
said to be the off shoot of Atharva Veda.

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Q.3 WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC VIEWPOINT OF STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF
BODY?
Universe as well as human body are made up of five basic elements colectively called
‘Panch Mahabhootas’. These are Aakash (Ether), Vayu (Air), Agni(Fire), Aapa (Water) and
Prithvi (Earth). The sixth mandatory component of life is Atma (life spirit) without which life
ceases. The human body is made up of Doshas (Bio-humours), Dhatus(Body matrix) and
Malas (excretable products). Vata, Pitta and kapha, known as Tridoshs are physiological
entities of the body which are responsible for carrying out all the functions of the body.
Dhatus are the structural entities of thebody. These are Rasa (Plasma), Rakta (Blood cells),
Mamsa (Muscular tissue), Meda (Fatty tissue), Asthi (Bony tissue), Majja (Bone marrow) and
Shukra (Hormonal and other secretions of genital). Agni (Metabolic fire) is in thirteen
different forms and carries out the whole metabolism of the body. The waste products of the
body which are excretable are produced in the body as bye-products of metabolism. These
are known as malas which include pureesh (faeces), Sweda (sweat) and Mutra (urine). All
biotransformations within the body occur through Srotases (body channels) which are the
sites for action of agni.

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Q.4 WHAT IS THEBASIC PHILOSOPHY OF HEALTH, DISEASE AND TREATMENT IN
AYURVEDA?
As per Ayurveda, ‘Health’ is a state of equilibrium of normal functions of doshas, Dhatus,
malas and Agni with delighted body, mind and soul. It means that when Dosh-Dhatu-Malas
and Agni are constantly in a state of functional equilibrium, then the health is maintained.
Otherwise distortion of the equilibrium results into diseases. Erratic lifestyle is believed to be
one of the basic causes behind the failure of mechanism of maintaining equilibrium.
Treatment either with or without drugs and application of specific rules of diet, activity and
mental status as described, disease wise, brings back the state of equilibrium i.e. health.

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Q.5 HOW IS DIAGNOSIS DONE IN AYURVEDA?
1. Diagnostic procedures in Ayurveda are two pronged; one is aimed to establish the
state and type of pathology and second to decide the mode of treatment tobe
applied. The former implies examination of the patient and make different
investigations to diagnose the disease entity. Inspection, palpation, percussion and
interrogation are the main modes of physical examination. The second type of
examination is to assess the strength and physical status of the individual so that
accordingly the type of management required could be planned. For this examination
of Prakriti (Body constitution), Saar (Tissue quality), Samhnan (physique), Satva
(Mental strength), Satamya (specific adaptability), Aaharshakti (diet intake capacity),
Vyayaam shakti (exercise capacity) and Vaya (age) is done. On the basis of this
examination the individual is decided to be having Pravar bal (excellent strength),
Madhyam Bal (moderate strength) or Heen Bal (low strength).

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Q.6 WHAT ARE THE MODES OF AYURVEDIC TREATMENT?
There exists eight divisions of Ayurvedic therapeutics, namely Kayachikitsa (Internal
medicine), Shalya (Surgery), Shalkya (Otorhinolaryngology and Opthalmology), Kaumr
Bhritya (Paediatrics, Gynaecology and Obstetrics) Agad tantra (Toxicology), Rasayana
(Gerentorology), Vajikaran (Aphrodisiacs) and Bhoot Vidya (Psychiatry).
The principles of treatment are Shodhan (purificatory), Shaman (palliative and
conservative), Nidan parivarjan (avoidance of causative and prescipitating factors of
disease) and Pathya Vyavastha (do’s and don’ts regarding diets lifestyle). Shodhan therapy
includes Vamana (medically induced emesis), Virechana (medically induced laxation), Vasti
(medicated enema), shirovirechana (administration of medicines through nose) and
Raktmokshan (Blood letting). These therapeutic procedures are collectively known as
Panchkarma. Before executing Panch karma treatment Snehan (olation) and Swedan
(getting perspiration) are to employed first.

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Q.7 WHAT ARE THE MAIN CLASSICAL REFERENCE BOOKS OF AYURVEDA?
The main classical texts for reference of Ayurvedic principles comprise of Charak Samhita,
Susrut Samhita, Astang Hridaya, Sharangdhar Samhita, Madhav Nidan, Kashyap Samhita,
Bhavprakash and Bhaisajya Ratnavali etc.

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Q.8 WHERE DO RAW MATERIALS FOR MANUFACTURING AYURVEDIC MEDICINES
COME FROM?
What ever is natural whether belonging to plants or animals or minerals: all are considered
the source of raw material for Ayurvedic medicines. However 600 medicinal plant products,
52 minerals and 50 animal products are commonly used.

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Q.9 HOW ARE AYURVEDIC MEDICINES MARKETED?
Ayurvedic medicines are marketed in various forms. The main ones are tablets, pills,
powders, fermentation products (Asva-arishta), decoctions, medicated fats (Ghrita and Tel).
For topical use drops, creams, lotions, liniments and ointments are available. Dried plant
extracts in capsule form are also in use presently.

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Q.10 IS THERE SCOPE FOR AYURVEDA IN THE CONTEMPORARY PERIOD?
Ayurveda has a wide scope as far as the prevention of disease, promotion of health and its
preservation are concerned. Lifestyle rules mentioned in Ayurvedic texts if applied rigorously
give definite results. Lifestyle related diseases, drug abuse, degenerative diseases, auto
immune diseases and certain metabolic and allergic disorders are well manageable with
Ayurvedic techniques and medicaments.

Top
Q.11 IS THERE ANY RATIONALE BEHIND INTEGRTING AYURVEDA AND WESTERN
MEDICINE?
Because of multidimensional wide range of efficacy of Ayurvedic treatment, where certain
disease conditions or symptoms become refractory to conventional treatment, a harmonised
approach of these two systems of health care has proven to be successful and fruitful.
Sometimes Ayurveda helps for a synergistic activity while at other places to antagonise and
minmise the toxicity of modern drugs.

Top
Q.12 IS AYURVEDA RECOGNISED BY W.H.O?
About 20 years back, W.H.O. adopted Traditional Medicine programme in conjunction with
the goal of health for all with the adoption of primary health care approach. W.H.O. has an
open mind on Traditional Medicine. However, it endorses only that therapy which has solid
scientific evidence with no toxicity. In view of this Ayurveda is duly recognised by W.H.O.

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Q.13 DOES AYURVEDIC SYSTEM OF MEDICINE HAVE PLUS POINTS OVER
CONVENTIONAL MEDICINAL SYSTEM?
Being holistic and disease eradicative with principles of individualised treatment, condusive
to socio-economic conditions of India and with availability of abundance of formulations for
any particular disease, use of food items as medicine and lifestyle rules, Ayurveda enjoys a
better place in respect of prevention and cure of the disease is concerned in comparison to
western medical system.

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Q.14 WHAT IS THE MANPOWER AND INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE OF AYURVEDA IN THE
COUNTRY?
(i) Number of Registered Medical Practitioners 361881
(ii) Number of dispensaries 14252
(iii) Number of hospitals 2189
(iv) Bed strength 33145
(v) Number of teaching institutions(Under Graduate) 187
(vi) Number of upgraded Post Graduate Depts. 51
(vii) Number of specialities in Post Graduation 16

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Q.15 WHAT IS REGULATORY MECHANISM FOR AYURVEDIC i.e., EDUCATION AND
PRACTICE?
The Central Council of Indian Medicine is a body corporate established under the provisions
of IMCC Act, 1970 to maintain Central Register of Practitioners of Indian Medicines and for
dealing with matters connected therewith. The Council is responsible for maintaining the
minimum standards of education.
This Council as per the provisions in the Act. Introduced the following courses through
Regulations.
1. Ayurveda Degree Course Ayurvedacharya (BAMS)
2. Ayurveda Post GraduateDegree Course Ayurved Vachaspati (MD Ayurved)
3. Ayurved Varidhi Ph.D Ayurveda
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Q.16 How should I access Ayurvedic Medicines?
Ayurveda Medicines are being sold in two ways, by practicing Ayurveda doctors and through
retail counters. Again retail counters are of two types- purely Ayurvedic & secondly
alongwith allopathic medicines. Classical Ayurvedic medicines as mentioned in original texts
of Ayurveda are usually available in former type of counters whereas patent and proprietary
medicines are mainly available in allopathic chemist shops. Both types of chemists by and
large are available in almost all small and big towns/ cities where from required Ayurveda
medicines can be accessed.

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Q.17 How do I find a competent Ayurveda practitioner?
Any Ayurveda doctor having such degree/ qualifications as mentioned in 2nd,3rd and 4th
schedules of Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 is a recognized medical practitioner.
BAMS and MD (Ayurveda) degrees of new pattern and equivalent qualifications of the time
before the enactment of Central Act are recognized qualifications for the purpose of
registration and practice of Ayurvedic Medicine.

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Q.18 How safe is to buy Ayurveda Medicines over the counter?
Medicines are safe if the manufacturer is licensed and the label of the container specifically
describes date of manufacturing, expiry date, batch number of the medicine, dose and
indications alongwith ingredients of the medicine and necessary precaution.

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Q.19 Can one take Ayurveda Medicine with modern medicines?
If not indicated otherwise by the attending physician, Ayurveda Medicines can generally be
taken alongwith allopathic medicines. Moreover, Ayurveda Medicines are used as adjuvant
to allopathic medicines in most of chronic and degenerative diseases. As such there is no
harm to consume simple herbal formulations of Ayurveda even without the prescription of
the doctor but mineral based medicines must be used after due consultation and advice of
the doctor.

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Q.20 What are the common Ayurveda Medicines which can be used without
consulting the doctors?
Simple herbal medicines like powders, pills & tablets , syrups and decoctions can be used for
the management of common ailments like cough, cold, fever, indigestion, vomiting,
diarrhea, loss of appetite, body & joint pains etc, even without the prescription of a doctor.
Similarly, herbal tonics/ health foods can also be consumed if the same do not create any
alarming discomfort or upsets.

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Q.21 WHEN PHARMACEUTICAL LABORATORY OF INDIAN MEDICINE (PLIM) WAS
ESTABLISHED AND WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS?
Government of India in 1970 established PLIM as an organisation to monitor the quality of
Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha drugs. This is an apex laboratory helping to lay down the
standards of Ayurvedic medicines. It is the approved laboratory under the Drugs and
Cosmetic Act, 1940. This laboratory is situated in the CGO Complex at Ghaziabad (U.P.).

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Q.22 Does any programme for conservation and cultivation of medicinal plants
exist in the Govt. Planning?
Yes, various programmes have been launched through Central Assistance for development
and cultivation of medicinal plants. The Reproductive Child Health Programme (RCH)
undertaken by Department of Family Welfare has an ISM component i.e. ‘Vanaspati Van’
Scheme for raising medicinal plants especially of mother and child health importance. This
scheme aims at providing traditional health care through medicinal plants at the doorstep of
rural and tribal population of India, where the conventional modes of treatment are not
available. Moreover, the use of medicinal plants for medical care is the culture bound
practice of Indian Society especially rural one. The Department of Indian System of Medicine
provides Financial Assistance to various Government/Semi-Government institutes under the
control of Centre/State/UT governments to propagate cultivation and development of
medicinal plants, Department of Biotechnology imparts financial assistance for Biodiversity
conservation projects including cultivation, post harvest processing and storage of medicinal
sources. Similarly Department of Forests is also engaged in such activities.

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Q.23 What is Government doing for endangered Indian species of Medicinal Plants
used in various formulations of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy?
Threatened or endangered or vulnerable medicinal plants species are being attempted to be
protected in various ways. In situ and Ex situ conservation, development of Agro-techniques
for cultivation of plants of medicinal importance for commercial use, banning export of
endangered species or their extracts or products made therefrom and encouraging the
farmers for propagation and cultivation of commercially viable medicinal plants are, some of
the very important steps taken by the Government to preserve the Indian species and to
make these available for sustainable use. Restrictions are imposed for rampant
deforestation and collection of raw materials of medicinal importance from the wild sources.

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Q.24 How is India’s traditional knowledge on medicinal plants going to be
protected and what is being done to avoid patents on Indian medicinal plants?
As per International Patent Classification (IPC) non-patent literature sources are many and
diverse as compared to patent literature which is usually wholly contained in several
distinctive databases. The situation when patent literature being easy searchable and
available resources of non-patent literature sources very wanting leads to wrong granting of
patent rights to newly claimed subject mater, especially patents on medicinal plants/plant
products. In order to address the need of having easily accessible non-patent literature data
base pertaining to traditional knowledge of uses of medicinal plants/medicinal plant based
products or formulations, the concept of Traditional knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) is in
the process of creation. This TKDL put to use will have a dual role to contribute in avoidance
of grant of patents, firstly being productive in nature it will provide readily the information to
examiners of patents during the examination process for grant of patent and secondly it
being reactive in nature, can be utilised at a time of opposition proceedings for avoiding a
patent on a traditional knowledge based claim.

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Q.25 What are the future potential programmes of Department of ISM&H?
Medicinal Plant Board, essential drug list of Ayurveda, National Ayurvedic Hospital, induction
of ISM component in major Allopathic hospitals and setting up Panchkarma and Kshar sutra
therapy units in State level and Central Government hospitals are some of the prime issues
to be instrumental in the propagation of departmental activities of ISM&H.
‘Medicinal Plant Board’ will take care of conservation and cultivation for sustainable use of
medicinal plants from administrative and technical angles. Department of ISM&H would be
the nodal agency for its operation in interface mainly with Ministry of Environment and
Forests, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Bio-technology, Department of Commerce
and Ministry of Law.

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Q.26 What are the main Rasayana (Immuno-modular) Medicines of Ayurveda?
Ashavgandha (Withania somnifera), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Amla (Emblica
officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Shilajeet (Black bitumen or Mineral pitch), Suvarn
Bhasm (incinerated Gold with herbal excipients) are very potent Rasayana medicines,
prescribed judiciously in somatic degenerative disease conditions for immuno-modulation
and and adaptogenic effects. Mandookparni (Bacopa Monieri), Mulethi (Glycirrhiza glabra),
Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) and Shankhapushpi (Convolvulus Plenricaulis) are from main
Psychomodular Rasayanas used extensively in mental disorders and for improving higher
mental functions like concentration, retention and memory, Vijaysara (Pterocaspus
marsupium) for Diabetes Mellitus, Katuka (Picrosshiza kurco) for liver disorders Vidang
(Abies Webiana) for Hoelminthic induced Gasto intestinal problem, Bakuchi (Psorylia
Corylifolia) for Leucoderma Bhallatak (Semecarpur anacardium) for piles and autoimmune
disorders), Shirees (Albizzia Lebek) fr allergic conditions), Vacha (Acorus clamus) for speech
disorders, haldi (Curcuma Longa) for urinary, allergic and septic problems, Neem (Melia
Azadiracta) and Khadir (Acacia Catechu) for skin problems and Chirayata (swertia chirayata)
for febrile disorders are some of the other Rasayana Medicines for disease-wise use.
Apart from the above mentioned medicines there is an eleborate code of conduct described
in the classical text for achieving rejuvenation and maintaining youthfulness.

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Q.27 What are the aphrodisiacs/Sexual Tonics for improving the quality of
semen/sperm count and motility and fertility?
Musli, Kaunch, Shatavari, Gokshur, Ashavgandha, Utangan, Salmpanja, Vidari, Vijaya, urd,
Bhautak, Akarkara, Abhrak Bhasm, trivang Bhasm, Makardhvaj are some of the Vajikarana
medicines which on judicious use and adoption or specific do’s and don’ts of diet, definitely
give a desired result.

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Q.28 Is there any regulation for manufacturing Ayurvedic Medicines?
Yes, there exists such a regulation bywhich commercial manufacturing of Ayurvedic
medicines is regulated. Manufacturers have to take prior license from the State Drug
Controlling Authority for running an Ayurvedic Pharmacy. Formulations whether classical or
patent proprietary have to be got cleared from the competent authority before starting
commercial manufacturing.

Top
Q.29 Is there any code of conduct for good manufacturing practices (GMP) in
Ayurvedic Pharmacies?
Till date there was no provision/regulatory binding for ensuring good manufacturing of
Ayurvedic medicines. Imposition of GMP through an amendment in the current licensing
procedures has been implemented w.e.f. 23-6-2000. This will not only pose stringent
guidelines for having standard hygienic conditions in the pharmacy, but will also help in
improving the quality of medicinal products.

Top
Q.30 What is Herbal Tea?
In fact, herbal tea is a misnomer, which confuses the consumer that it is a sort of tea made
of tea leaves and other herbal ingredients. Actually, Herbal Tea is a combination of certain
medicinal herb components devoid of tea leaves, which on boiling gives a palatable
decoction and can be used as an alternative to conventional tea. In accordance to the
composition the so called herbal tea has appetizing, antacid, soothing, antitussive, anti
common cold and anti pyretic effects.

Top
Q.31 Which are the well-known institutions/hospitals of Ayurveda in India?
1. Sir Sunder Lal Ayurvedic Hospital, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu
University, Varanasi.
2. Institute of Post Graduate Training and Research in Ayurveda-Hospital, Gujarat
Ayurved University.
3. Aryavadyasala Ayurved Hospital, Kottakal (Kerala).
4. Maharishi Arogyadham, Shalimar Bagh, New Dehi.
5. Govt. Ayurvedic College Hospital, Jalukbari, Gauhati – 781014.
6. Govt. Ayurvedic Hospital Kadam Kuan, Patna.
7. A&U Tibbiya College, New Delhi, Ayurved & Unani Tibbia College& Hospital,Karol
Bagh,New Delhi –5.
8. Govt. Ayurved Hospital, Bhadra, Ahmedabad.
9. Government Ayurved Hospital, Opp. Panigate Depot, Ajwa Road, Baroda – 390019.
10. P.D. Patel Ayurved Hospital, College Road, Nadiad.
11. Govt. Regional Ayurvedic Hospital Paprola,Distt. Kangra (H.P).
12. Shri Jayachamarajendra Institute of Indian Medicine,Dhanwantri Road, Bangalore –9.
13. Govt. Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Sayyaji RaoRoad, Visweshwaraiah Circle,
Mysore – 21.
14. BMK, AM, Belgaum, KLE Society’s Shri BMK Ayurved MedicalCollege & Hospital,
Khasbag, Belgaum.
15. ALN Rao Memorial Ayurvedic College Hospital, Koppa.
16. Sri DM Ayurveda Hospital, Kuthpady, Udupi-574118.
17. Ayurveda College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram.
18. VAC, Kottakkal, Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier Ayurveda College&Hospital, EdarikodeP.O.,
Distt. Mallapuram –676501.
19. Govt. Ayurvedic College & Hospital, Amkho, Laskar, Gwalior – 474009.
20. Govt. Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Raipur, Madhya Pradesh.
21. GAC, Nanded, Govt. Ayurvedic Hospital, Vazirabad, Nanded.
22. Pakwasa Samanvya Rugnalaya, Ayurved College Hospital, Killa Road Mahal, Nagpur –
440002.
23. MA Podar Ayurvedic Hospital, Worli, Mumbai-18.
24. Tilak AC, Pune, Vd. Purushottam Shastri Nanal Rugnalaya25, Karve Road, Pune-21.
25. Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University,College of Ayurved, Katraj-Dhankawadi, Pune-
43.
26. Ayurvedic Medical College c/o Ganga Hospital, New Building, Rankalaves, Kolhapur-
416012.
27. Gopabandhu Ayurveda Hospital, Puri.
28. Govt. Ayurvedic Hospital, Near Shere Punjab Market, Patiala.
29. Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar.
30. RPS Ayurved Hospital, College Campus,Uaipur. (2) Ayurved Hospital, Moti Chohtta,
Udaipur.
31. National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur.
32. State Ayurvedic Hospital & Kings English Hospital, Tulsidas Marg, Lucknow – 226004.
33. Rishikul Govt. Ayurvedic College, Hardwar-249401.
34. Lalit Hari Govt. Ayurvedic College & Hospital, Pilibhit-262001.
35. JB Roy Government Ayurvedic College, 170-172, Raja Dinendra Street, Calcutta-
700048.
36. Dhanvantari AC, Chandigarh, Pt. Kedarnath Memorial Ayurvedic Hospital, Sector –
46B, Chandigarh.
37. Regional Research Centre (AY.) Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium Complex –‘A’ First
Floor, North wing, Vijayawada-520010 (AP).
38. Regional Research Institute (Ay,) Taj Manzil, Sardar Bagh, Junagadh –362001.
(Gujarat)
39. Indian institute of Panchkarma, Chruthuruthy –679531, Via Shoranur. (Kerala)
40. Regional Research Institute (DR), Roojapura, Thiruvananthapuram –950012.(Kerala)
41. Regional Research Institute (Ay.) Ullahs Nagar, Kherapapati Kila Road, Gwalior-
474002.(Madhya Pradesh)
42. Central Research Institute (Ay.) Raja Ramdeo Anandilal Poddar, Worli, Mumbai –
400018.(Maharashtra)
43. Regional Research Centre (Ay.) 1093, Gorepeth, Nagpur –440010.(Maharashtra)
44. Central Research Institute (Ay.), Bhubaneswar-751009(Orissa)
45. Indian Institute of Kayachikitsa, Patiala –147001 (Punjab)
46. Central Research Institute (Ay.), Road No.66, Punjabi Bagh, Delhi – 110026.

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Q.32 What and where are the specialised treatments of Ayurveda available in
India?
S.No Name of institutes/Centres Specilised treatments available in the
Hospital(mention names of the diseases)

1. Retional Research Centre(Ay.) Filariasis, Bronchial Asthama.


Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium
Complex, "A", 1st floor, North
Wing, Vijayawada-520010.
ANDHRA PRADESH.

2. Regional Research Centre (Ay.) Gastric ulcer, Rheumatoid Arthiritis,


New Itangar – Malnutrition, Hypertension.
791111.ARUNACHAL PRADESH.

3. Regional Research Institute(Ay.) Malaria, Filariasis, Kala-azar, Bronchial Asthma.


"D" Block, Rajendra Memorial
Research Institute Building,
Agamkuan, Patna – 800007.
BIHAR.

4. Regional Research Institute Bronchial Asthma, Psoriasis.


(Ay.), Taj Manzil, Sardar Bagh,
Junagarh-362001.GUJARAT

5. Regional Research Centre(Ay.), Malnutrition, Hypertension.


Samkhetra Bazar, Opp. Arya
Samaj Mandir, Mandi –175001.
HIMACHAL PRADESH.

6. Regional Research Centre (Ay.), Urinary Calculi, Rheumatoid Arthritis.


20, Rehari Chowk, Jammu-
180005. JAMMU AND KASHMIR.

7. Regional Research Centre (Ay.) Malnutrition, Bronchial Asthma.


Govt. Central Pharmacy Annex,
Ashoka Pillar, Jayangar,
Bangalore –5760011.
KARNATAKA

8. Indian Institute of Panchkarma, Malnutrition, Rheumotoid Arthritis,


Cheruthuruthy-679531 (Via haemeplegia, Sciatical Paraplegia, Post Poli
Shranur) KERALA Paralysis, Bronchial Asthma, Diabetes,
Hypertension, Peptic Ulcer.

9. Regional Research Institute (DR) Psoriasis, Duodenal ulcer.


Poojapura, Trivendrum –95012.
KERALA

10. Regional Research Institute Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bronchial Asthma.


(Ay.) Vilas Bhavan, Kherapapati
Kila Road, Gwalior –
474002.MADHYA PRADESH.

11. Central Research Institute (Ay.), Cancer, Lipid disorder, Hypertension, diabetes,
Raja Ramdeo Anandilal Poddar, haemoplegia, Paraplegia, Parkinsons disease,
Worli, Mumbai –400018. prevention of aging.
MAHARASHTRA

12. Regional Research Centre(Ay.) Filariasis, Malnutrition.


1093, Gorapeth, Nagpur –
440010 MAHARASHTRA

13. Central Research Institute (Ay.) Filariasis, Buodenal ulcer, Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Unit –1, Bhubaneswar – Haemeplegia, Sciatical.
751009.ORISSA

14. Indian Institute of Kayachikitsa, Hypertion, ischaemic heart disease, prevention


Patiala – 147001. PUNJAB of aging, Bronchial asthma, Haemeplegia,
Jaundice, Urinary calculi.

15. Regional Research Institute(Ay.) Malaria, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Epilepsy.


Madhav Vilas Palace, Amer
Road, Jaipur –
302001.RAJASTHAN.

16. Regional Research Centre (Ay.), Malnutrition.


Tadeng, Gangtok 737102.
SIKKIM

17. Regional Research Centre (Ay.) Jaundice, Malaria.


Hastinapur, Distt. Meerut
250404. UTTAR PRADESH

18. Regional Research Institute Jaundice, Errors of Refraction.


(Ay.) 476/6, Sitapur Road,
Lucknow – 226007.UTTAR
PRADESH.

19. Regional Research Institute Malaria, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension.


(Ay.) 14, Jagannath Duta lane,
Calcutta 700009.

20. Central Research Institute (Ay.) Cancer, Duodenal Ulcer, Lipid Disorder
Road No. 66, Punjabi Bagh, Hypertension, Ischaemic heart disease,
Delhi –110026. Diabetes, Sciatical Epilepsy, Psoriasis, Urinary
Calculi, Errors of Refraction, Post Polio Paralysis.

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