Young population prefers Ayurvedic treatments, says BHU research

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Young population prefers Ayurvedic treatments, says BHU research
01-Aug-23 05:17:36

Varanasi: A research conducted by the scientists of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) showed that patients between 30-39 years age group sought Ayurvedic healthcare the most, with a higher proportion of women.

On Saturday, they presented the findings of a first-of-its-kind Ayurvedic medicine research to the UP Minister of AYUSH, Daya Shankar Mishra. The scientific team included Vaidya Sushil Kumar Dubey from Ayurveda, Dr Suyash Tripathi from modern medicine, Aishwarya Jaiswal from psychology, Amit Kumar from Yoga, Dr Ramanand Tiwari and Rakesh Singh.

“This is the first attempt in India, where the principals and Ayurvedic practitioners of 40 government Ayurvedic healthcare facilities recorded approximately 14,000 patient data,” claimed Dubey, who along with Prof Yamini Bhushan Tripathi initiated the establishment of the VRL (Virtual Research Lab) for the Ayurvedic Medicine Data Centre at BHU.

He said the objective of this project is to scientifically validate the principles of Ayurvedic science and dispel misconceptions regarding the delayed effectiveness of Ayurvedic medicines.

In a conference held on February 18, 2022, under the guidance of Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra, the Uttar Pradesh government suggested collection of data in a scientific manner to establish recognition for Ayurvedic medicine globally. “Our team worked diligently on the pilot project. Subsequently, in a workshop organised on April 30, 2022, training was provided to regional Ayurvedic and Unani officials, Ayurvedic teachers, coordinators, and medical officers to fill out the proforma created by subject matter experts”, said Dubey. According to him, the training was provided to 110 district Ayurvedic officials and Ayurvedic coordinators. The data was collected from 40 government Ayurvedic healthcare facilities. Around 2,200 Ayurvedic practitioners participated in this study.

He said the research showed that more than 70% of patients had respiratory- related ailments, and over 60% had heart -related and hormonal disorders. The research also revealed that nearly 59% of individuals experienced benefits within seven days. The research shows that 43% of individuals exhibited a predominance of ‘Pitta Dosha’, resulting in tendencies such as anger, hair loss, hair greying, and high blood pressure. Following Covid pandemic, there has been an increase in people's trust on Ayurvedic medicines, with 87% of individuals revisiting Ayurvedic clinics for treatment.

Dubey said in order to implement this project at the grassroots level, it is suggested to establish a well-equipped centre as a nodal center at either BHU or Government Ayurvedic College in Varanasi, integrating all resources.