Madhavi Rajadhyaksha ,
The Times of India |
Ayurveda seems to be slowly gaining global recognition. A mumbai-based doctor is back from a whirlwind tour of medical colleges in the US, which had invited him to teach modules on the ancient practice of ayurveda to their students. Gynaecologist and obstetrician Dr H Palep had incidentally been appointed by the government's AYUSH department for integrated medicine (Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) last year to deliver crash courses on ayurveda in the US colleges.
This time, the Boston University Medical School, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Weil-Cornell Medical College, New York among others invited Palep to teach a short-term elective on ayurveda. He was in the USA from October 16 to 28. Boston College is now contemplating introducing a full-fledged accredited ayurveda module in its curriculum.
Ayurveda has often been acknowledged for its role in treating chronic illnesses like diabetes , paralysis, arthritis, gout and piles, for which modern medicine has no cure.