Manipal: Alternative medicines such as Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy will soon be part of the curriculum of Manipal University.
This was announced by H.S. Ballal, Pro-Chancellor of the varsity on Monday during the inaugural session of a two-day national workshop “Ayurvision – 2008” focusing on “Recent advances in Amavata” (rheumatologic diseases). The workshop was organized by the Kasturba Medical College and Hospital.
Prof. Ballal said, “Manipal University has yet to get approval from the regulatory body to start courses in alternative medicines.”
Ayurveda has bright prospects. The biggest factor that favours Ayurvedic medicines is that they do not have toxic effects. But, a lot of work needs to be done to bring in standardization of Ayurvedic medicines.
Some herbs were being used in Allopathic medicines also. Ayurveda was popular in the western countries and a lot of research on it was being done there.
“An agreement has been signed between the Himalaya Drug Company and the Manipal Life Science Centre, a constituent of Manipal University. The varsity wants to develop Ayurvedic medicines on a scientific basis,” added Prof. Ballal.
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