AYUSH free treatment centres a hit

Saturday, May 23, 2015,18:34 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Treatment centres offering free consultations and medication in Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) are proving a huge hit at the AROGYA Expo 2015 in the city.Visitors formed long queues before the seven clinicsincluding two each for Ayurveda and Homeopathywith nearly a thousand patients meeting the doctors here in just the first three days of the exhibition.
Top organisers revealed that the AYUSH ministry, through these free clinics, aims to spread the word about the advantages of these ancient treatment systems that are free of side-effects.While Ayurveda is popular, people are still not so aware about Siddha and Unani, said research officer in-charge of Ayurveda Research Institute for Mother and Child Healthcare and also clinic in-charge Dr S Indira Kumari.
The various clinics received patients suffering from diabetes, high bloop pressure, anaemia, rheumatism and arthritis, back pain, asthma and skin diseases.Dr Arun Upendran of one clinic pointed out that healing systems, such as Yoga and Naturopathy, focus on strengthening the immune system and treating disease through exercise and diet. Thanks to the free clinics, people can gain greater awareness of the uniqueness and quality of these treatments, he added.
Dr K B Ansari, assistant director of the Delhi-based Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, noted that people with skin disease and joint pain were the frequenting the clinic. We have seen more than 80 patients, he said.For instance, Poojapura resident Lalithamma has come to the clinic for arthritis treatment. It is her first experience with Ayurveda and now she feels confident enough to continue using only this stream of ancient medicine.
Siddha, which uses marma therapy, is also now proving popular with patients who suffer from skin disease, joint pain and allergies, said Dr G S Lekha of Chennais Central Council for Research in Siddha.
The AROGYA Expo 2015, the largest fair in complementary and alternative health care organised by World Ayurveda Foundation in association with the Ministry of AYUSH and Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, offered the free clinics on all four days of the exhibition, which ends tomorrow.