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Published:February 3rd, 2012 13:33 EST
Ayurveda: Ancient Medical Science Now Practiced in Kashmir

Ayurveda: Ancient Medical Science Now Practiced in Kashmir

By SOP newswire2

Srinagar: I once had a chance to visit the Government Medical College in Jammu. Suddenly my eyes darted at a portrait of a saint in the college premises "Father of surgery-Shushruth` words were inscribed below it.

Shushruth was the only name that was a quite different. Others were either Latin or English. This struck my mind. I enquired about the portrait and asked a student about him. With an arrogant manner he replied mujhe kya pata, hoga koi angrez (I don`t know might be some English). All of a sudden a hand tapped my shoulder from behind and said:  "yeh Shushrutha hain- father of surgery, in ke naam pe eksamhita (book) bi hai Shushruth samhita Jo ayurvedic students` abhi bhi padtehain." (He is Shushrutha "father of surgery, a book named after him Shushruthsamhita is still studied by ayuvedic students).

My first experience outside my home land Kashmir. Like a common Kashmiri, I only knew herbal system of medicines by the name Unani Dawayee and like every other Kashmiri I didn`t see any differences between Unani and Ayurvedic medicine.

Recently I got an opportunity to interact with an Indian System of Medicine (ISM) doctor who told me that Department of ISM in Jammu and Kashmir and Department of AYUSH at Central level regulate five different systems of medicine which include A-Ayurveda, Y-Yoga, U-Unani, S-Sidhha & H-Homeopathy. He also informed me about the different aspects of each system and the basic principles, which each system of medicine follows.

After some time I saw an advertisement on newspaper regarding Jamil Al Hayat Ayurvedic Hospital in Srinagar. There was nothing new in this as I had seen such ads earlier like Unani and Panchkarma centre, Unani hospital, Unani and Ayurvedic health center.

I had some problems regarding my digestive system. I went to some specialist doctors in gastro-enterology but all in vain. One day someone suggested me to visit New Bio-care Chemists, just a mile away from my residence Shivpora. As it was near, I went there in the evening time and met Dr Zahoor Ahmad, a young man of about 26, and polite in speech. I described him my problems. After examining me he began to scribble on prescription pad. He wrote some medicines that I couldn`t read out. I was looking on this prescription slip strangely and startled with the memory the doctor had.

I sighted at a degree written on top of slip Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, (BAMS) and I inquired from person selling the medicines about the degree. He replied he is an Ayurvedic doctor not a Unani.

The old things began to jumble again in my mind. I left the clinic and consumed these medicines for 15 days and then went for re-consultation though I was feeling better now. The doctor asked me to pay a visit to Jamil Al Hayat Ayurvedic Hospital as I told him that I was a journalist.

After some time I paid a visit to the hospital.

I saw two doctors sitting in a room working on some case. Among one of them was Dr Zahoor who immediately recognized me and asked me to come in and offered a seat for men the other one was Dr Mudasir, which I later came to know after interaction.

I began asking questions, and my first question was: what is Ayurveda and how is it different from Unani and other systems? One of them replied in: Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine and with a basic principal and quoting something in Sanskrit, "swasthase swasth rakshanam auturrasya vikar prashman nam che` (to maintain thehealthy status of a person and treat any ailment regarding his health) and the medicine is different from Unani system in various aspects like basic principles, type of medicines, type of drug preparations, line of treatment, and diagnosis. It includes various procedures: Sanshaman (which include drug therapy), Sanshodhan (which includes procedures like purvkarma, panchkarma, paschat karma, yoga) and some para-surgical procedures like ksharsutra.

I asked them what is panchkarma? They smiled and one of them replied that: Panchkarma is a science which is based on ayurvedic principles and ethics. We study panchkarma theory from first year of our degree up to final, and then we go for practicals of this science in internship. This is a science which includes five therapies which have many sub types also and hence called panchkarma. "

My next question was what the need of Ayurveda is when allopathic (English) medicine has such a great role to play. They said, There are some disease and disorders where there is no or little hope in allopathic. "

They showed me some case files of patients who were under treatment. It included diseases like Parkinson disease, Huntington`s chorea, Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, psoriasis and lots more.

I couldn`t understand much.

They knew it and hence they made me to understand it as these are nervous disorders, skin disorders, and genetic anomalies. Did you cure them was my next question? One of them replied, We have done wonders to make them smile, they are still under treatment and they are responding well to our medications. "

I was surprised, when they said we are starting drug de-addiction programme here with ayurvedic medicines, and we are about to start a yoga programme soon as well. With some more interaction we concluded.

Then I had a visit at that hospital, I saw a theatre there, and they said we do Ksharsutra treatment which is a para surgical procedure, to cure ano-rectal diseases like piles, fistula, and fissure.

Dr Zahoor told Agence India Press, that people should understand ayurvedic drugs were not herbalonly. There are some herbo-mineral preparations as well and these medicines must be taken after proper consultation to an ayurvedic doctor. No doubt there are some similarities in all these pathies regarding herbal plants that are single herb preparations, " he explained.

A Unani drug should be prescribed by a Unani doctor and an Ayurvedic drug by an Ayurvedic doctor. Similarly every other pathy has its own specialties and medications, " he suggested.

Dr Mudasir claimed that Ayurveda is a new branch in Kashmir as no one here was much familiar with these medicines and therapies. As far as I have studied, it is a marvelous science. We need to just take advantage of the limited number of Ayurvedic doctors here. It has no doubt potential of future. We better give it a chance, he concluded. (AIP NEWS)

By Yasir Ashraf

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