Ayurveda, the most ancient health care system in India has brought in positive signs in the field of healthcare during the recent past. A few instances given in the below article indicates that sometimes treating ailments with medicines alone could be too superficial, and an approach which involves considering all aspects i.e, a holistic approach would prove to be more beneficial in treating ailments.
A report in The Times of India September edition indicates that Indias premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) conducted a study which revealed that the Ayuvedic herb Ashwagandha (Withania Sonnifera) which is used in traditional Ayurveda for treating insomnia, arthritic inflammation, nervous disorders, asthma, cough and other respiratory disorders has now proven to contain properties that help in preventing heart attack. Pre-clinical trials have been conducted on animals based on which, it is concluded that the extract of Ashwagandha herb can stop the death of cells and living tissues caused during a sudden heart attack. During clinical trials, rats were injected with Isoproterenol (ISP) which induces heart failure and the results confirmed that the rats who were given doses of Ashwagandha extract had longer life when compared to the rats that did not receive the extract. A year long trial is now being planned to find out its effect on humans.
Another report carried in the Hindustan Times in the recent past had narrated the incident of a eleven year old boy who was paralysed, as he was from a muscular disorder. The boys parents tried a number of modern tests, physiotherapy and even electric shock in vain. Finally, an Ayurvedic expert from Kerala Dr.S.K.Rai prescribed a therapy in which repeated sessions of a medicated oil was poured in the body (Pizchil), that helped activate the nervous system. The boy is now able to carry on with his regular activities like walking, climbing stairs and is said to have attained complete cure in few months time.
Both these reports indicate the increasing positive signs in the field of health care towards a holistic approach and increase in evolutionary and life-supporting trends.