On a mission to popularize ayurveda

October 19th, 2008 - 12:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, Oct 19 (IANS) A woman ayurvedic practitioner here is striving hard to popularise and modernise the ancient Indian healing system and plans to hold a national convention where interactions on the latest developments in the field will take place.Kavita Goel, a young female vaidya (Ayurvedic physician), has launched a nationwide crusade to modernise the ancient system of healing. She has held camps in over 50 cities to popularise ayurveda and her year-long crusade will culminate with a national convention of ayurvedic practitioners Nov 15-17.

Kavita said a fundamental overhauling of the system and transformation of the perceptions is the need of the hour to give ayurveda its pride of place in the health sector.

“We need to use modern diagnostic tools of investigations and stop giving treatment on the basis of experience and guesswork,” Kavita told IANS.

The convention in Agra next month, she said, would be unique because for the first time over 500 ayurvedic practitioners from all parts of India would join the deliberations.

“Pathology experts, surgeons and allopathic physicians will interact and share latest advancements in their respective fields,” said Kavita who dreams to open a 1,000 bed ayurvedic hospital here.

“Our stress is on improving communication skills of the vaidyas’” she said.

There was keen interest in ayurveda all over the world and a Chinese delegation recently came to meet her while ayurveda practitioners from Mauritius also had discussions with her last month, Kavita added.

Kakua village, 14 km from this city, is home to 100 ayurveda sewaks (practitioners) who were trained by her.

These people go to villages and tell others about how ayurveda cured people of chronic diseases and helped them lead a normal life.

She claimed there were at least 150 patients who were cured.

She systematically goes about the task of popularising ayurveda. Adopting a village or a small area, she looks for patients with chronic problems.

“These patients are then given ayurvedic treatment and once they are cured, the faith of others is automatically gained,” she said.

Ayurveda, she says, is not just about “oiling and massaging”, an impression that has gained widespread currency because of tourism oriented marketing by Kerala ayurveda practitioners.

“Their approach is different from ours. They depend on hardly 200-odd oils and concoctions. We have more than a thousand medicines and most certified by GMP (Good Medical Practices).

“We have to take ayurveda to new heights. For this I am taking the support of various women’s organisations and religious groups.

“Ayurveda has a spiritual dimension to it and is compatible with our climate and ethos and therefore highly recommended for everyone,” said Kavita, a graduate of Bareilly’s Ayurvedic College.

(Brij Khandelwal can be contacted at brij.k@ians.in)

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