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“The fact that modern medicine alone can not heal and is not entirely sustainable is endorsed by the Americans themselves. Why would they establish numerous Ayurveda  schools and embrace the system in their country otherwise?” asked Ramharsh Singh, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Ayurveda at Banaras Hindu University who is also the founding vice-chancellor of Jodhpur Ayurveda University.

Singh was speaking on the occasion of the first National Ayurved Convention held in the city on Sunday. It marks the 111th birth anniversary of Pandit Ramnarayan Sharma, founder of Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan.

When Dr Govindprasad Upadhyay spoke about the allegations levelled by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) about the toxicity of ayurvedic medicines, practitioners present in the function were quick to defend the medicinal system.

Many of the medicos opined that this was a deliberate effort of foreign MNCs to belittle Ayurveda. “Allopathic medicine, despite being only a few centuries old, has reached its saturation point,” said Suresh Sharma, chief managing director, Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan.

He thinks that people’s inclination towards an alternative method of healing has made these companies wary. He also clarified that before using metals as medicines, they undergo various purification processes in order to eliminate harmful properties.

The ayurveda practitioners touted this situation as a war between “green pharmacy” and “red pharmacy”. They assert that ayurveda works alongside nature, not against it. Elaborating this, Dr Taqdeer Mujawar, a final year PG Ayurveda student said, “Modern medicine only manages diseases, giving only temporary relief. Ayurveda completely cures them and has a more holistic approach towards treatment,” said

Dr Ved Prakash Mishra, vice-chancellor, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Science University equated Ras shastra, a branch of ayurvedic treatment to vaccination in modern medicines.

“Ayurveda gives 34 manifestations of toxicity in copper, while allopathy gives 23. Iron is considered toxic as per our ancient scriptures, yet it is used in modern medicine,” Dr Mishra said.

This information was found in the Times of India website.

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