Ayurveda growing in US: Academicians

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Kochi, Jun 26: Compared to traditional Chinese treatment, the Ayurveda system was growing in the United States, said Academicians of the State University of New York.

Director of Asian American Programme Ms Sunita S Mukhi, who is heading an 18-member student team to India along with Professor of Linguistics and Indian Studies S N Sridhar, said, ''The ayurvedic system of medicine was growing and in a decade it would be considered part of the medical system in the country.'' Speaking to reporters after visting the city-based Punarnava Hospital as part of the Continuing Ayurveda Awareness Programme (CAAP) to promote precise Ayurveda in a global way, Ms Mukhi said ''Ayurveda along with yoga and meditation are being used as a potent treatment for back ailments and related physical problems.'' Mr Sridhar said the traditional Indian medical system was also viewed as a means to draw a balance between mind and body.

The students from various streams like engineering, medical, arts and social science had a briefing on monsoon treatments like 'Panchakarma' and preparation of medicated porridge (Karkidda Kanji).

Hospital Chairman and Managing Director A M Anwar presented a paper on 'Ayurvedic Approach to Life Style Disorders.' Mr Sridhar said the team would be travelling to other parts of the country like Delhi, Agra, Pondicherry to know about India in the next few weeks.

UNI

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