Bangalore May 19: The Health and Family Welfare Department has taken steps to include lessons about Ayurveda in primary school text books to create awareness about the importance of Ayurveda among the students, Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader said here on Friday.
Inaugurating the 115 anniversary of Shathayu Ayurveda, engaged in ayurvedic products, treatment and service, he said that primary school students should know the efficacy of Ayurveda and the various medicinal plant used in it.
The Minister who also launched the Liver Care and Cholesterol Management units in the clinics of Shathayu Ayurveda, said that at every level in school, students need to learn about cleanliness, food and nutrition essential for a healthy life. A discussion in this regard has been initiated with nutritionists and medical experts, he added.
Mr Khader said that in all district headquarters 50-bedded AYUSH hospitals will be set up. Two such hospitals have already been set up in Mangaluru and Gadag. There is also a proposal to set up 10-bedded ayurvedic hospitals in all taluk headquarters, he added.
PWD Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa, who was the chief guest on the occasion said that Ayurveda is a great health tradition in the country. He, however, regretted that we have failed to take advantage and instead adopt Western medicine. “In a country where about 25 per cent of the people do not have primary medical facilities, the government needs to encourage exemplary ayurvedic institutions.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Krishna J, Chief Operating Officer, Shathayu Ayurveda Pvt Ltd said, “There is an increase in the prevalence of liver diseases in India from the last decade in the age group of 20 to 40 years. Over 40 people die every day in India due to liver disorder caused by urbanization and changes linked with a sedentary lifestyle, fatty food, smoking, high alcohol intake, obesity and diabetes. India could become the world capital for liver diseases by 2025”,
“Most people are unaware of increased level of cholesterol, variations in liver functions and fatty liver as it generally won’t produce any symptom and are called silent killers. Shathayu Ayurveda is therefore entering into the area of liver care and cholesterol management”, he added. Also on the occasion of its 115 anniversary, Shathayu Foundation, the outreach and public service unit of Shathayu Ayurveda, is planting 115 plants of various
species with medicinal value under the guidance of Dr Anitha Bhat, Co-founder and Director, Shathayu Ayurveda Pvt Ltd. This is an effort towards preserving valuable medicinal plants. Dr Anitha is the recipient of the Best Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Shathayu Ayurveda was established in 1901 by Ayurvedacharya Siddayya Swamy in 1901. Over the years it has set up centres in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Perth in Australia and Houston in USA.
“Due to our ethical practices. Result-oriented treatments, GMP certified ayurvedic products, both classical and traditional formulations, Shathayu went on franchise model to reach a wide range of people. It has over 45 qualified physicians and a manpower of 200 skilled and trained professionals” said Dr Mruthyunjaya Swamy, Managing Director, Shathayu Ayurveda.
The four wings of Shathayu includes clinics in India, Australia and USA, ayurvedic products including organics and beauty products, ayurvedic retreat with in-stay facility near Devanahalli, Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy hospital and Shathayu Foundation, its outreach and public service wing. Shathayu received “best Franchisor” in wellness category.
Present on the occasion were Bhalki MLA Eshwar Khandre and Miss Earth UK Bhavya Gowda.