Madurai

Call for better awareness of traditional medicine systems

V. Banumathi, former director of National Institute of Siddha, Chennai, looking at medicines on display at Ayush exhibition in Madurai on Thursday.

V. Banumathi, former director of National Institute of Siddha, Chennai, looking at medicines on display at Ayush exhibition in Madurai on Thursday.  

AYUSH expo, a four-day exhibition to promote traditional medicine, inaugurated

Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) departments and National AYUSH Mission clinics should be established in all States to create widespread awareness of traditional medicine, said V. B. Vijayakumar, vice-president (Siddha), Central Council for Indian Medicine.

Speaking at the inauguration of the sixth edition of Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association's (MADITSSIA) AYUSH expo, a four-day exhibition to promote traditional medicine, here on Thursday, Dr. Vijayakumar wondered why there was no dedicated Siddha clinic.

“Not many people know about this system of medicine. Only when it is promulgated will more people know about it,” he said.

Allopathy doctors must also have a good knowledge of traditional medicinal systems so that cross referencing became easy and more people used Siddha to heal chronic pains, he said.

V. Banumathi, former director of National Institute of Siddha, said that the integration of traditional medicine through distribution of Nilavembu Kashayam during the Chennai floods in 2015 helped in preventing epidemic cases.

“Young Siddha practitioners are doing well and if more government jobs are available to them, they can push the boundaries further,” she said.

A total of 200 stalls showcased a variety of therapies, medicines and oils at the expo, said J. Jeyavenkatesh, vice-chairman, MADITSSIA's AYUSH. Many seminars, including one on how to heal autistic children with traditional medicine, would be conducted on the sidelines of the expo, he said.

MADITSSIA president K.P. Murugan said different types of technology to make medicines were also on display.

There were many seminars, including one on how to heal with autistic children through traditional medicine," said

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