Ayush doctors and modern medicine

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Ayush doctors can now get training in allopathic medicine

According to a new proposal from the Maharashtra Government and once it has been cleared by an ordinance, Ayush doctors will be able to practice allopathy after undergoing one year course in Pharmacology.

This decision is beyond understanding and needs a rethink. The medical profession needs to challenge it. That means after completing BHMS or BAMS, they can go for one-year course in Pharmacology and after clearing the exam they will be allowed to practice Allopathy and will be equivalent to MBBS degree. This will be a backdoor entry to do MBBS.

There was a time when there was a proposal in the Ministry of Health to start 2-year postgraduate course in respective pathies. This means an MBBS doing a 2-year MD in Homeopathy and a 2-year MD in Ayurveda or an Ayush doctor doing a 2-year MD in modern medicine. This proposal was not accepted and had to be dropped.

In the western countries, especially in Europe, Homeopathy can be studied only getting an MBBS degree. Instead of allowing Ayush doctors to become equal to MBBS by taking this 1-year Pharmacology course, the real answer should be that number of MBBS seats should be increased and only after completing MBBS, those who wish to study other pathies be allowed to do MD to practice other specialties.

One cannot practice Ophthalmology after completing MD in Gynecology, or vice-versa. Similarly, people doing 3 years course in Ayush will have to drop advanced modern practice.

Ayurvedic doctors to perform eye surgeries

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Jaipur: The National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur plans to hire modern ophthalmologists who will not only perform surgeries with a team of Ayurvedic eye specialists, but also train the postgraduate students of the department of Shalakya Tantra (eye and ENT) in cataract, glaucoma and other eye surgeries. “We will hire qualified ophthalmologists (eye specialists and surgeons) on part-time basis,” said Dr Ajay Kumar Sharma, director, NIA Jaipur, adding, “We will begin with cataract surgery, the most common form, and later cover other eye surgeries, like glaucoma.” The institute has already implemented two similar synergies between modern surgery and Ayurveda at department of Shalya Tantra (surgery) and department of Prasuti Tantra (gynaecology). “At Shalya Tantra department, modern surgeons have joined their Ayurveda counterparts in performing most common surgeries, like appendicitis, hernia, gall-stone and at department of Prasuti Tantra they are aiding to perform caesarean deliveries and other tubectomy,” Dr Sharma said. [Source: Bhaskar, Sunday, July 8, 2012]

Metformin may repair stroke injured brains

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Metformin, by activating an aPKC-CBP pathway, recruits neural stem cells and enhances neural function.

Metformin might also offer a medical therapy for nervous system damage. In a series of experiments in culture and in animals, the drug promoted the growth of new neurons, according to Freda Miller, PhD, of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in July 6 issue of Cell Stem Cell.
Mice treated with metformin formed new memories faster that those given a control substance. Metformin may play a future role in disorders as ischemic stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.