Awareness meet on alternative medicine in
a rising concern for health across the world, a lot of people in Punjab are increasingly
getting drawn to alternate systems of medicine to escape the side effects of modern-day
drugs. A two-day awareness meet was held here recently to educate people on the
traditional systems of medicine in India. `Arogya' - meaning `holistic health'
was the ninth such event organised in the country aimed at promoting healthy living
in modern-day society. Organized by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government
of India and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, manufacturers
of Indian medicines, practitioners, and people from different walks of life participated
in the event. "This is a choice, which we wanted to make available to the people
who are earlier availing mostly the allopathic medicine. Now they have choice
of Ayurvedic and homeopathic systems of medicine. There is lot of scope for this
system of medicine. About 12-13 years back, a department of Ayurveda was set up
in Government of India as independent department and in the state also we have
well-qualified doctors of Ayurveda and Homeopathy. We are also promoting homeopathy
and Ayurvedic system of medicine with allopathic system of medicine in health
institution in the state," said Rakesh Sharma, Special Secretary for Health in
Punjab. At the fair, 70 manufacturers of Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy
medicines showcased their products besides interacting with medical practitioners
and consumers. The fair highlights the fact that there are diseases that have
a more effective treatment option in the Indian systems of medicine. Moreover,
people made a beeline for the free Ayurvedic and Homeopathic OPDs to get check-ups
done and avail of the free medicines that were being given out with prescriptions.
Another aim of the fair was to provide information to the young generation about
the advantages of the traditional systems of Indian medicine. "The young generation
is not very much aware of Ayurveda and to get quick relief from the disease, they
adopt the system of allopathic medicine but if they try to understand about Ayurveda,
they will know that it has very good results instead of Allopathic treatment,"
said Rajni, a trainee doctor. With increasing faith of people in Indian medicines,
a number of super-specialty clinics are now thriving in Punjab. Dr. Batra's Homeopathy
Clinic, Arogya Clinic and Ashirwad Ayurvedic Health and Panchkarma Centre - just
to name a few - are providing complete treatment of ailments.