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Monday, January 31, 2011

Lecture on Management of Lifestyle diseases with Traditional Medicine

The Board of Trustees of Srinagar colony, a residential colony in chennai invited Centre for Traditional medicine & Research to organise a seminar for its members on 30th Jan 2011. Since Lifestyle diseases -Non communicable Diseases are the major problem currently and since the risk factors associated with them are modifiable CTMR decided to conduct the seminar on' Management of Lifestyle diseases with traditional medicine' mainly drawing from the experience of Siddha system. Dr.T.Thirunarayanan, Secretary CTMR listed out the various risk factors like obesity, increased blood pressure caused due to deviation from the Satwik food habits, physical inactivity, stress, alcohol consumption and smoking. He explained the daily regimen suggested in siddha, Satwik food options, Yoga, Pranayama, Kaya kalpa therapy He explained the science behind the siddha approach, anti-oxidant benefit of the herbs and Kaya kalpa practices, reversal of altered lipid metabolism and Coronory vascular changes with herbs. Dr. R. Padma priya facilitated the seminar and assured follow up support to the residents in practising them

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lecture on ‘Herbs in Management of Diseases’

The Post Graduate Department of Botany of the Aringar Anna college of Arts and Sciences, Villupuram organized a one day National Seminar on Emerging trends in Medicinal Plants research and Utilization on 27th Jan 2011. Vd. S. Usman Ali, Director of the Centre for Traditional Medicine & Research delivered the key note address on Herbs in Management of Diseases’ In his lecture he explained the various aspects like herbal Drugs, Drug Combinations, Pharmaceutics, Dose, Safety, Diet and Drug-Diet interaction . He explained how one herb could have many pharmacological actions and many herbs could have the same pharmacological action and explained how to choose an appropriate herb or combination of herbs for a particular disease. He explained the features of 50 herbs commonly used Industry as well as Traditional medicine practitioners.

Workshop on Technical obstacles in AYUSH Industries

Centre for Traditional Medicine and Research
4A,4th Cross Street, mAhalakshmi Nagar
Adambakkam, Chennai- 600088


Tamilnadu Siddha Ayurveda Unani Drug Manufacturers Association

Jointly organizes a one day workshop on

‘Technical obstacles in ISM manufacturing sector and overcoming them’
On 26th Feb, 2011.
At Hotel Palmgrove
Kodambakkam High Road, Chennai

The topics would cover

Obstacles faced in raw material quality and simple testing procedures
Grey areas in ISM pharmacopeias and formularies of Go.I
WHO guidelines and AYUSH Protocol for drug development.

Speakers would include luminaries with Industrial and research background

The participants would include manufacturers and Q.C persons of Small, Medium and Tiny industries, regulatory officials and policy makers.

The workshop is limited to 30 participants. Please register at the earliest. or Ph 9444018158

Mr.Vijay Metha Vd.S.Usman Ali
President- TASUDMA Director CTMR

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lecture on Siddha and Sacred Groves

Dr. Whitney Howarth, Professor along with a team of twenty students from Plymouth State University (New Hampshire, USA) is on a visit to Sadhana forest Auroville near Pondicherry for 3 weeks from Jan 5th. Dr. Whitney has organized series of lectures there to make her students familiar with Indian Culture and Conservation ethics of Indian culture. As part of the programme Dr.T.Thirunarayanan, secretary CTMR was invited to speak on ‘Siddha tradition and sacred groves’ on 24th Jan 2011.
Sadhana Forest started its ecological revival and sustainable living work on December 19th 2003. The vision of its founders, Yorit and Aviram Rozin, is to transform 70 acres of severely eroded, arid land on the outskirts of Auroville. In a spirit of human unity, their aim is to introduce a growing number of people to sustainable living. The community focus their nergy and resources on the creation of a vibrant, indigenous Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF).
Dr. Thirunarayanan explained how the sacred groves are significant as micro units of bio-diversity and show case the biological heritage. He also explained the groves as treasure troves which help as seed bank, conserve water and soil and influence the microclimate. The medicinal plants present in the groves makes them the God’s dispensary. He enumerated the use of 20 tree species and their significance in traditional medicine. The second part of the presentation on the long history of use of Siddha medicine, its concept of living in harmony with nature, body-mind linkage, and role of traditional food in health was well received by the students and this was followed by a question-answer session.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Meet at Courtallam to document traditional medical practices

News in The Hindu- News paper
TIRUNELVELI: To formally document the traditional medical practices being followed by the folk healers of the land with the locally available plants to cure a range of diseases and poisonous bites, particularly from southern Tamil Nadu, the Union Government is organising a meet at Courtallam on January 8.
G. Subash Chandran, faculty member, Government Siddha Medical College, Palayamkottai, told ‘The Hindu' here on Wednesday that the Indian traditional medicine had a long history of use in addressing the health needs of people of this country apart from the institutionally trained doctors of Siddha, since many folk healers have been delivering health care, particularly in remote areas, with locally available plants.
Ever since the registration of Indian medical practitioners has been stopped, many children of traditional practitioners with a long heritage have shifted to other vocations.
Decreasing strength
This has led to slow erosion in the number of practitioners and also with them the strong knowledge base of healing lying with each of the traditional healer's families.
In order to revitalise the traditional health practices which are certainly cost effective and safe, Department of AYUSH, Government of India has implemented a scheme of documenting, validation and revitalisation of these traditions through NGOs.
Chennai-based Centre for Traditional Medicine and Research (CTMR) and Siddha Health Foundation (SHF) are carrying out these projects in different districts of Tamil Nadu.
Siddha Health Foundation is carrying out the documentation of the knowledge base in southern Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu in Tirunelveli and Virudhunagar districts. As part of the revitalization programme a traditional healers' meet is organised jointly by SHF and CTMR on January 8 at Sri Parasakthi College of Women, Courtallam.
About 100 traditional healers and 25 institutionally trained experts including teaching faculty members of Government Siddha Medical College, Palayamkottai would participate in the event and share their experiences.
This would facilitate in bringing out the closely kept secrets of healing which would also be reviewed.
Topics would include mother and child health, bone setting, varma, treatment of poisonous bites etc., Dr. Subash Chandran said.
H. Malleshappa, Project Director of Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve will inaugurate the meet as most of the healers depend on the medicinal plant resources from the fringe area of this famous sanctuary.
S. Usman Ali, Director of CTMR will deliver the keynote address while Dr. T. Appranantham, the research project leader of SHF will explain the salient features points of the research findings and M. Murugesan, Dean of the National Institute of Siddha will deliver the valedictory address. T. Thirunarayanan, secretary of CTMR and organising secretary of the meet can be contacted at 9444018158.