Physi­cians urged to be open to all forms of care amid ris­ing de­mand for traditional medicines

Sunday Express - - CHENNAI -

HEALTHCARE is di­verse, wherein al­lopa­thy (treat­ment us­ing reme­dies such as drugs or surgery) is just a small con­stituent. Both traditional and con­ven­tional (al­lopa­thy) have to co-ex­ist, said Anil Vaidya, se­nior con­sul­tant, Apollo Hos­pi­tals, on Satur­day.

In­au­gu­rat­ing the fourth edi­tion of Arogyam, a two-day health and fit­ness ex­hi­bi­tion at Chen­nai Trade Cen­tre at Nan­dambakkam, he said while traditional medicines, in­clud­ing Ayurveda, had es­tab­lished it­self in the pre­ven­tive healthcare seg­ment, al­lopa­thy was ef­fec­tive when it came to life-threat­en­ing and chronic con­di­tions.

“Physi­cians must be open to the ex­is­tence of all forms of healthcare,” said Vaidya, a noted pan­creas trans­plant sur­geon.

Be­sides, Vaidya, M Ra­jku­mar, Chair­man of Raj Cos­metic and Plas­tic surgery cen­tre, S N Shivar­ishi, Founder, Sathyananda Yoga Cen­tre, S Chan­dralekha, Di­rec­tor of Iswariya Women’s hos­pi­tal and fer­til­ity cen­tre and MGL Ve­layutham, Chair­man of Al­maa Her­bals graced the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony. As many as 65 stalls have been set up as part of the ex­hi­bi­tion, or­gan­ised by The New In­dian Ex­press in as­so­ci­a­tion with Apollo Health Chek.

On of­fer for vis­i­tors are free health check up and ac­cess to con­sul­ta­tion of many lead­ing healthcare providers. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be open on Sun­day, with traditional and or­gan­i­cally grown food­grains and veg­eta­bles on sale. Al­maa Her­bals has put on dis­play around 100 va­ri­eties of medic­i­nal herbs.

TV Ran­gara­jan, a visi­tor and na­tive of Coim­bat­ore, said Sid­dha medicine can be ef­fec­tive, adding that it can be a slow process, but there is no side ef­fect.

M Ra­jku­mar said the ex­hi­bi­tion was an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to be ex­posed to all fields of healthcare. “Fur­ther­more, it en­ables an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with public who may have doubts about ap­pre­hen­sions over the pro­ce­dures,” he said. Ra­jku­mar also dis­pelled the no­tion that it was the up­per class sec­tion of so­ci­ety which prefers cos­metic surgery, as the pro­ce­dure will ben­e­fit mid­dle and lower class too by im­prov­ing their con­fi­dence and self- per­cep­tion.

Stat­ing that yoga must be made avail­able for ev­ery child, Shivar­ishi said, “It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of in­struc­tors to make Yoga in­ter­est­ing for chil­dren so that they are able to re­late with it.”

MARTIN LOUIS

Dr Anil Vaidya at one of the stalls af­ter in­au­gu­rat­ing Arogyam 2017 in the city on Satur­day |

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