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Ayurveda hospital ready for C-section

Ayurveda hospital ready for c-section

Ayurveda hospital provides allopathic care too

Residents of the capital city can now avail both allopathic and ayurvedic healthcare under the same roof during pregnancy and childbirth, with the Government Ayurveda College Hospital for Women and Children at Poojappura equipped with a brand new labour room and surgery theatre.

With the new facilities inaugurated earlier this month, it has become the first ayurvedic hospital in the State where Caesarian sections can be conducted, according to the authorities. Up to four deliveries can be conducted simultaneously in the new labour room, equipped with latest technologies such as medical gas.

Dwindling figures

The hospital, which saw around 500 deliveries a year in the 1990s, has seen a gradual decline in deliveries since 2000. Over the last few years, the number has come down to just five to ten a year.

It was the obsolescence of the labour room infrastructure, which had not undergone any modification after the hospital was set up in 1955, that led to this fall, says N. Vijayakumar, Superintendent.

The District Medical Officer was alerted regarding this situation in 2014, following which the State government allocated ₹1.13 crore for a new labour room. The work was executed by HLL Lifecare Limited.

Medicines’ side-effects

The hospital is unique in that it offers both allopathic and ayurvedic treatment, depending on the need of the patient. This is beneficial for pregnant women, according to Dr. Vijayakumar, as certain allopathic medicine may have side-effects that may affect the foetus adversely. In such instances, the allopathic doctors at the hospital refer them to the ayurvedic doctors there.

Another advantage is traditional post-natal care using herbal medicines and oils, for which there is no provision in allopathic medicine. At present, the hospital has four allopathic doctors, including two gynaecologists, a paediatrician and a general medicine practitioner, and six ayurvedic doctors.

The hospital also has special clinics for infertility, development disabilities and autism, apart from offering treatment of diseases such as Polycystic ovarian disease and Endometriosis.


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  1. Prema Jyoti says:

    Ayurvedic medicine and surgery has both mythological and historical beginnings. According to religionist myth, the Creator-god Brahma, was given charge of Creation while the god- Vishnu, was told to take responsibility for safeguarding Cycle of Creation. Shiva who had the ability to dissolve creation made it possible for Brahma to repeat the cycle over and over again. These three-gods represented the One Ultimate God Brahman who breathed Om into the first man, Manu. This information describes Creation as the journey of Awareness evolving into matter since 600 BC..
    Manu was told by a fish that a great flood would destroy the world and was instructed to build a large boat and put himself, the animals and plants inside. This fish, was actually Vishnu in disguise. When the flood arrived, the boat saved them all. Another story describes the Churning of the Ocean with the retrieval of many valuable things. Oneof many important thing that surfaced was Dhanvantari, the god of Medicine; but, one item that also returned was the poison of ill-health. This endangered all of humankind
    Dhanvantari, who was returned to the surface in this myth, was also a grandson of Brahma and the founder of Ayurveda or the “science of life” medicine. He’s believed to have become wise in the ways of optimal health by listening to the gods during meditation. Afterwards, he in turn taught this information to mortal sages. It’s at this time that something resembling a true historical record of Ayurvedic medicine begins.
    In around 8000 BC, Atreya, a great Ayurvedic master, wrote the oldest medical book in the world, the Atreya Samhita. It had many chapters and discussed the eight main branches of Ayurveda: internal medicine, surgery, fertility, pediatrics, psychiatry, toxicology, anti-aging and ears, eyes, and nose.
    Around 1500 to 1000 BC, Ayurvedic medicine followed a similar developmental path as Western and Chinese medicine by evolving from a religious discipline into a medical system with many specializations. In particular, two schools of medicine were founded: Atreya, as a school for physicians and Dhanvantari, as a school for surgeons. Two significant books, were written during the time. The Charaka Samhita authored by Charaka is considered to be “the father of Ayurvedic medicine.” The Susruta Samhita was written by the physician Susruta, “the father of Ayurvedic surgery.” Around 500 CE, these two texts were followed by a third, called the Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita. Together, these three medical texts became known as the “Senior Triad.” The next important written contribution to the development of Ayurveda was that of the physician Vhagbhatta, who wrote the Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita. This compilation of medical material combined internal medicine and surgical information into one book. The medical information they contained became popular not just with native Indians, but also with the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Tibetans, Persians and Tibetans.

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