In a record experiment, which in the history of Ayurveda, is the ‘first in the world’, a group of doctors successfully operated upon a 83 year old man in India, for the removal of 240gm prostate from the body, without the use of antibiotics.
At present, antibiotics are an inseparable part of standard operating procedure. During the four hour long operation, the surgeons used only anaesthesia, but no antibiotics, before or during or even post-operation recovery period, and completely depended on only ayurvedic medicines.
The patient, Ojaswi Sharma, is allergic to allopathic drugs, and hence doctors considered the use of ayurvedic herbs for the surgery. He, however, responded well to the ayurvedic medicines. Sharma was operated on 1st March, and was kept under observation for about a month, and has now recovered completely. The operation was performed at Anand Hospital in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India.
A team of doctors, led by Urologist Subash Yadav, consulted top ayurvedic experts in the country, emphasized the possibility of conducting surgeries, without use of antibiotics, and cited the ayurvedic medicines that can replace allopathic drugs in surgery.
The doctors used extracts of ayurvedic herbs like Amla (Indian gooseberry0, turmeric, Shigru (drumstick), guggul (gum resin), instead of antibiotics during the surgery. At present, all standard operating procedures involve use of antibiotics to reduce incidence of surgical site infection.
While Amla improves immunity, giloy helps in liver detoxification. The medicines were administered 10 days before the operation. Shigru is helpful for mild infection and is a natural painkiller.
The procedure has surprised the medical fraternity, especially, when there is growing concern about the ineffectiveness of antibiotics due to antimicrobial resistance.
This development is a rare feat achieved by the doctors. Usually, such surgeries are only done in allopathy. Conducting a surgery with ayurvedic support is the beginning of a new era, said Manoj Kumar, Director of Orthopaedic Department, Maulana Azad Medical Collge, Delhi.
However, he said that this is just one case, and more research is needed for incorporating use of ayurvedic drugs as part of SOP.
He further said, it is high-time a well-equipped research body be established in the country to conduct research and trials, particularly when the human body is increasingly becoming antibiotic resistant.
Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) held a meeting with 12 countries in Tokyo to discuss the ways by which the ineffectiveness of antibiotics due to its excessive usage (AMR), could be tackled. India and Japan also signed a letter of intent for more research and better surveillance on AMR.