Tra­di­tional medicines gain­ing ground as aware­ness in­creases

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY - ASIF YAR KHAN | DC

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials of the depart­ment of AYUSH, clin­ics and hos­pi­tals of­fer­ing in­dige­nous treat­ments are gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity in the state.

Prac­ti­tion­ers of In­dian medic­i­nal sys­tems at­tribute this trend to the in­creas­ing aware­ness among the pub­lic re­gard­ing the ef­fi­cacy of Unani, Ayurveda and Homeopa­thy.

Over the past few years, the num­ber of in­dige­nous dis­pen­saries in the state has in­creased, with more funds be­ing al­lo­cated for In­dian medicine un­der schemes funded by the Union Min­istry for AYUSH.

“We are plan­ning to fur­ther in­crease the num­bers of dis­pen­saries for Ayurveda, Homeopa­thy and Unani med­i­ca­tion in the state be­cause of the en­cour­ag­ing re­sponse re­ceived from the pub­lic,” says A. Ra­jen­dra Reddy, the com­mis­sioner in-charge of the AYUSH depart­ment.

On Thursday, 100 med­i­cal camps were con­ducted across the state, lead­ing up to the cel­e­bra­tion of the sec­ond National Ayurveda Day on Oc­to­ber 17.

Dr Y. Ja­nard­han Reddy, the su­per­in­ten­dent in­charge of the Gov­ern­ment Ayurveda Hos­pi­tal, a 100-bed­ded hos­pi­tal that was set up dur­ing the Nizam’s era, says that peo­ple from across the state come to the hos­pi­tal seek­ing treat­ment for paral­y­sis, di­a­betes, spondy­lo­sis and skin dis­eases.

“Some per­sons who are re­ceiv­ing mod­ern med­i­cal treat­ment also try the ayurvedic medicine as there are no side ef­fects,” he says. He adds that the num­ber of out­pa­tients treated at the hos­pi­tal per day has in­creased from 200 to 250 over the past cou­ple of years.

The gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal has been re­ceiv­ing such an en­cour­ag­ing turnout be­cause en­trepreneurs have not shown an in­ter­est in start­ing pri­vate clin­ics as ex­penses are high and re­turns are low.

“You will not find a big, pri­vate hos­pi­tal of­fer­ing ayurveda, unani and homeopa­thy treat­ments. This is the rea­son why peo­ple from all classes visit gov­ern­ment-man­aged hos­pi­tals,” says Dr Parveen, su­per­in­ten­dent of the Gov­ern­ment Niza­mia Tibbi Hos­pi­tal.

Nearly 700 peo­ple visit the hos­pi­tal ev­ery day for out­pa­tient con­sul­ta­tion. Two years ago, this num­ber was only 450.

Dr Venkat Ram Reddy, a med­i­cal of­fi­cer at the Gov­ern­ment Homeo Dis­pen­sary in Bowen­pally, says that peo­ple who ben­e­fit from home­o­pathic treat­ment of­ten rec­om­mend it to oth­ers as well. He says that the num­ber of pri­vate home­o­pathic med­i­cal stores in the state have also in­creased dras­ti­cally. The only draw­back of opt­ing for in­dige­nous med­i­cal regimes is that treat­ment can take a long time. “If an ail­ment is lifethreat­en­ing or if it re­quires im­me­di­ate res­o­lu­tion, we our­selves ad­vise peo­ple to ap­proach hos­pi­tals of­fer­ing mod­ern med­i­cal treat­ments.

“Our hos­pi­tals are not fully equipped to han­dle such cases,” says Dr Saleemud­din, pres­i­dent of the Te­lan­gana State Med­i­cal Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion.

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