Due to severe space constraints and lack of basic facilities, officials at the Nature Cure Hospitals (Prakruthi Chikitsa Kendra) are unable to use the Spinal bed for the patients from last seven years.
Physio therapy equipments are lying idle as there is no separate room to house them and treadmill is not working from last three years. There are even instances where the equipments like massage table, and other equipments have been shifted to other Ayurveda hospitals.
The spinal bath tub is very much helpful for a patients ailing from back pain. Cold and Hot water will be sprayed directly on the spinal, from which the patient can get rid of pain.
The Hospital is functioning at KG Koppal since 1993, and is run by the State Government, Department of AYUSH. Following, some of major drawbacks the patients visiting the department are unable to get complete Naturopathy treatment.
An average of 28 to 30 patients every day visit the Center. Four female and three male cane be provided treatment at once, which takes around one hour. Due to lack of basic amenities like sanitation, space conjust, people are forced to wait for treatment for long time. Moreover, the same toilet is used by both men and women and the building housing the Center is also dilapidated.
Usually Nature Cure treatment is based on water treatment, separate units will be set up for every treatment. But in this hospital there are only two rooms, used for men and women separately.
Ayush District Officer Dr Nagesh said the department has sent a proposal to MUDA to handover the building on lease for the department, for which MUDA has approved the proposal tentatively. “If once the buildings comes under department, renovation and up gradation of hospital will be done,” he added.
Only two Nature Cure hospitals work for five district
As the number of people switching over to traditional medicines is on the rise, alternative treating method that is gaining equally popularity for lifestyle illnesses like Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma is Naturopathy.
There are only two Nature Cure Hospitals (Prakruthi Chikitsa Kendra) run by the State Government covering five districts by the Department of AYUSH. One is situated in Mysore and another in Srirangapatna. As a result while those residing at Hassan, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar come to Mysore Nature Cure Hospital, those residing in Mandya visit the hospital at Srirangapatna.
Patients visiting the Nature Cure Hospital in Mysore for treatment have to wait for a long time. In cases of emergency, with no other option they have to visit private Nature Cure clinics which are quite expensive compared to the Government hospital. This demand has led to the mushrooming of private clinics in the city in other side.
Rajamma, a resident of Nanjangud says: If more number of Naturopathy hospitals are opened in the Taluks, people residing in villages will be benefited immensely. If Government opens such hospitals at our Taluk headquarters, it helps us lot. Money, time both will be saved.”
Ayush District Officer Dr Nagesh said that plans have made to construct hospitals at taluk and district level, for which the department has asked to identify 2000 square feet of land at every district. The land identification and other process commence shortly, he added.
How Nature Cure helps
Many ailing with chronic illnesses like hypertension, diabetes, skin ailments, Asthma and obesity are switching over to Naturopathic Cures. The course of their treatment usually runs for 10 to 12 days for which they have to visit the Center daily.
The treatment begins with cleansing the body. Liquid foods along with fruits and raw vegetables is the diet prescribed for body cleansing. It's observed that around 50 per cent of the ailments are relieved just after cleansing the body. This is followed by treatments such as mud pack, enema, steam bath, massage and yoga. Dr S Hariganesh of Mysroe Center observed that most patients respond well after these treatments and are cured.