The Minister of State for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik
called upon the scientists and researchers to indulge in systematic evaluation
of AYUSH remedies and practices in cancer care.
He stated that the
traditional systems of medicine are based on strong fundamental principles,
time-tested experiences and holistic concepts of application, and not only
advise the treatment of patients with drugs, but also have the concept of
modulating the life-style, dietary regimen, seasonal regimen and behavior to
prevent and cure the diseases.
He stated that a scientific eye and mind is required to
explore the value from the vast knowledge base of AYUSH for healthcare of
cancer patients. The Minister was speaking at the symposium organized to mark
the World Cancer Day with the theme- AYUSH for Cancer Care, here today.
The Minister stated that "we must emphasize highlighting the solutions that do
exist or can be developed from AYUSH systems to help controlling the menace of
cancer and which are within our reach and resources".
Pointing out that AYUSH systems emphasize more on the
preventive aspect of health having a strong hold in lifestyle management, he
stated that they may thus contribute in reducing the incidence of cancer. He
added that integration of AYUSH with conventional healthcare system is another
important area to be explored to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy,
radiotherapy and to prevent the recurrence and metastasis and improve the
quality of life of cancer patients.
Shri Naik stated that looking at the global scenario of
cancer management, it must be understood that stand alone modern medicine may
not be sufficient to meet health needs of the society ailing with this dreaded
Also present at the symposium were Shri Nilanjan Sanyal, Secretary AYUSH and
other senior officers of the Ministry.