As more number of people are switching over to Ayurveda for treatment of chronic ailments, the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy (AYUSH) is gearing up to provide better services by recruiting personnel trained in Ayurvedic treatments as well as extending Panchakarma Chikitsa at 20 Ayurvedic dispensaries situated in various Taluks of the Mysore district.
Considered to be very ancient, Panchakarma treatment is offered in urban areas and has not yet reached the interiors, especially villages. Through the introduce of programme, villagers are benefited in large number, as the treatment is made easily available in their places.
Presently there are 38 Ayurvedic dispensaries in Mysore district, of which AYUSH will be introducing Panchakarma Chiktsa in 20 dispensaries by next month. AYUSH District Officer Dr Nagesh said that among 20 dispensaries, the infrastructure facilities at Hunsur, KR Nagar and HD Kote dispensaries are in good condition and the fund allocated by government will be used for the betterment of other dispensaries in a phased manner.
“Strengthening the staff and improving basic facilities at ten hospitals will be taken in first phase and 16 qualified trainers will be recruited for providing specialised treatment. The State Government has already sanctioned Rs 7 lakh for the project and in the second phase the programme will be extended to the remaining hospitals,” he added.
“Panchakarma treatment is a boon for treatment of chronic ailments like back-pain, joint-pain, knee-pain amongst others and usually doctors advise to undergo Panchakarma treatment,” said Chennamma who has got rid of ailment through Panchakarma.
Ayush doctors say though the relief from pain in people consuming allopathic medicines is temporary, it recurs as soon as the medication is discontinued, as a result more number of people are turning towards Ayurveda in the hope of seeking a permanent relief.
Explaining the process Dr Nagesh said first body will be detoxified and later treatment will be given for ailments. Through Panchakarma internal, external treatment, steaming, removal of toxins, oleation (oil massage), medicated enemas and nasal administration and following treatments will be provided.
Shortage of doctors
Ayush is also facing shortage of doctors. Among 134 posts, only 75 posts are filled and 59 vacant. An average of 7 staff is needed in every dispensaries, but at present there are only 1-2 staff. 16 multi-purpose workers will be recruited by this month end, on account of launch of the Panchakarma programme.
The response of Ayurveda dispensaries in 1997 was 38,000. Whereas since 2008 an average of 1,40,000 are visiting Ayurveda dispensaries.