TAMIL NADU

Plain speaking on Ayurveda

Qualified Ayurveda doctors could not have had a better chance to draw attention to their role in making Ayurveda popular in the country and abroad than the State conference of the Ayurveda Medical Association of India (AMAI) held at Kannur recently. They could not have found a better person to inaugurate the meet than Cooperation Minister M.V. Raghavan who is the president of a charitable society that runs the anti-venom treatment centre at Pappinissery and the Ayurveda hospital and medical college at Parassinikkadavu.

The Minister, however, refused to buy the claim of an AMAI office-bearer that the qualified doctors played a big role in popularising Ayurveda. There are good traditional Ayurveda practitioners as there are bad qualified Ayurveda doctors.

He started the Pappinissery Vishachikitsa Centre with a traditional Ayurveda venom healer and the centre combined both the traditional and modern venom treatment, he said.

What concerns the Ayurveda doctors most, according to the Minister, is not so much the alleged rivalry between themselves and the traditional practitioners as the efforts of some, including both the traditional and qualified doctors, to portray the 3000-year-old indigenous treatment system as a system for body massaging alone.

Mohamed Nazeer

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