Ayurveda should stick to its basic philosophy of aiming for a disease-free state and not ape modern medicine that is always in search of a cure for ailments, cardiologist and former Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University B.M. Hegde has said.

He was addressing a session on Ayurveda for non-communicable diseases at the Global Ayurveda Fest, a six-day event organised by the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action, here on Friday.

Dr. Hegde said diseases were a result of alterations in the pattern of human energy. Ayurveda adopted a holistic approach towards health and considered a healthy mind to be very important for a healthy body, he said. . It was a myth that Ayurveda did not offer solutions for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Many recent research works in modern medicine advocated going back to the basics, to Ayurveda, to seek solutions for modern ailments, he said.

R.H. Singh, former Vice-Chancellor of Rajasthan Ayurveda University, Jodhpur, spoke about the unique features of the Ayurveda way of managing diabetes. He said that unlike modern medicine, which could have many side-effects that affected the immune system, Ayurveda aimed at healing without affecting mind or body.

Horzt Przuntek, a neurologist from Germany, made a presentation on Parkinson's disease and its cure through Ayurveda. Recent research had shown that Ayurveda could tackle this degenerative disease through systematic treatment and lifestyle, prescribed diet, yoga, and herbs, he said. Dr. Przuntek described how Ayurveda provided not only a physical cure but also raised the positive energy of a person. He cited the ancient healing method of ‘Nasya' as a primary cure for Parkinson's disease, and spoke about how Ayurveda could cure the disease completely through proper medication during the initial stages.

Bhushan Patwardhan, former Vice Chancellor of Symbiosis International University, Pune, spoke about how Ayurveda could contribute to modern biomedicine.

A.K Verma, endocrine surgeon and Professor at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science, spoke on ‘Cure for NCDs through atomic-powered poly-neutraceuticals and Rasa Shastra' and its ability to cure many lifestyle disorders.

Parallel sessions on diabetes, infertility and obstetrics, and cancer were held.