AIIA, IIT-D to develop diagnostic tools for Ayurveda

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Ayurveda has now turned to modern technology to validate its beliefs and systems. As the Covid-19 threat continues, the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), under the Union Ministry of Ayush, and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi are working together to develop tools and innovative diagnostic equipment for various Ayurvedic procedures.

Dr. Tanuja Nesari, director of the Delhi-based AIIA, told reporters on Thursday that at least seven collaborative interdisciplinary research projects on Ayurveda and the application of engineering science principles have been undertaken and that results are in progress.

For example, she informed, it is the ‘dhoopan-yantra’ – a fumigation device to aid wound healing is being developed to eradicate viruses and bacteria from the air while early cancer detection and assessment of breast cancer response to Ayurvedic medicines are under development.

Others are Ayurvedic rasas (tastes) on gastrointestinal secretions; herbal formulations that would reduce the harmful effects of reusing cooking oil, the development of a biodegradable herbal dressing and last but not least is the study of the effects of ‘Brahmari pranayama’ on the nervous system. Most of them should be completed by the end of the year, Dr Nesari said.

She also shared that the institute now plans to establish a ‘respiratory rehabilitation centre’ to cater for post-Covid patients, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, patients with post-acute respiratory distress syndrome and to patients with interstitial lung disease, with Ayurvedic therapies, yoga, meditation and modern equipment like spirometer, incentive spirometry and bronchodilator medications. “The hospital is also setting up a chemotherapy day center to treat cancer patients using a combination of Ayurvedic therapy and chemotherapy,” she added.

These are just a few steps taken where the best of traditional and modern medicine and therapies are combined.

India is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Universal Health Coverage by 2030.

This is only possible through a preventive and promotional orientation of health care in all development policies and universal access to good quality health care services without anyone having to face financial hardship as a result,” Dr. Nesari said.

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