Karnataka in India to start Ayurvedic therapies in mainstream hospitals

Karnataka will be the first State in India to introduce integrative medicines in mainstream government hospitals. The Karnataka government, recently, announced plans to open Centres of Integrative Medicine (CIM) in four hospitals in Karnataka, including two hospitals in Bangalore.

Further, it has been decided to introduce Music Therapy in hospitals run under the Medical Education Department of Karnataka.
The Medical Education Minister, S A Ramdas, said that the pilot project will be initiated in Bangalore Medical College and Research Centre, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli. A Music Therapy Centre will be unveiled at Vanivilas Hospital in Bangalore and Cheluvamba hospital in Mysore.

Other hospitals associated with Bangalore Medical College, like the Victoria General and Vani Vilas and KIMS in Hubli, will include Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Yoga and Homeopathy, to treat patients of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cancer, HIV and infertility, the Minister said.

Ramadas pointed out that Karnataka is the first State in India to implement such an initiative. An expert committee, which will include a physician, a psychiatrist, a qualified practitioner of integrated medicines, will also train a team of 37 doctors and therapists of 4 hospitals, from 14th August 2012. The OPD will start from 1st November 2012.

Government will invest Rs. 1.25 crore annually for the centre, to begin the project. The decision to incorporate alternative medicine therapies into mainstream government hospitals has been taken after the five-member committee, appointed by the Ministry, submitted a report last week.

Yoga and Music Therapy can help reduce stress during pregnancy. In fact, music therapy can help a woman to deliver a baby naturally, says Dr. R Nagarathna, a Dean and Committee Member, SVYASA University.

Non-communicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension can be controlled by alternative medicines. However, a proper diet, Ayurveda and yoga can help in controlling CT4 counts of HIV patients too. The study has been conducted on a group of 20 HIV positive patients, and it showed improvement in their physical and mental strength, said Dr. Sudha, Director, Soukya.