The Minister of State for AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoepathy) Sri Shripad Yasso Naik, has urged scientists and researchers to explore the value of Alternative Medicines and practices for cancer care. A conference was organised to mark the World Cancer Day with the theme ‘AYUSH for Cancer Care’ yesterday in New Delhi, Sri Naik stated that the traditional systems of medicine are based on strong fundamental principles, time-tested experiences and holistic concepts of application, and not only advise the treatment of patients with drugs, but also have the concept of modulating the life-style, dietary regimen, seasonal regimen and behaviour to prevent and cure the diseases.
He mentioned that a scientific eye and mind is required to explore the vast knowledge base of AYUSH for healthcare of cancer patients. Naik said, “We must emphasise highlighting the solutions that do exist or can be developed from AYUSH systems to help controlling the menace of cancer and which are within our reach and resources.”
The integration of AYUSH with conventional healthcare system is another important area to be explored to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and to prevent the recurrence and metastasis and improve the quality of life of cancer patients according to the Minister. He also quoted that looking at the global scenario of cancer management, it must be understood that stand alone modern medicine may not be sufficient to meet health needs of the society ailing with this dreaded disease.
Courtesy : Business Standard