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As pharmacologists meet call for research on gavya chikista, Gujarat Agyurved University agrees to open registry

Dr Ashok Vadiya, the pioneer of reverse pharmacology appealed researchers to pick anecdotal evidence of success of panchgavya treatment up as beginning for their research.

Written by Gopal Kateshiya | Rajkot | Updated: December 18, 2015 8:07:56 pm
Dr Vallabh Kathiria addresses symposium as V-C Rajesh Kotecha (extreme left) looks on at IPSCON 2015, in Rajkot on Friday. Dr Vallabh Kathiria addresses symposium as V-C Rajesh Kotecha (extreme left) looks on at IPSCON 2015, in Rajkot on Friday.

As medical practitioners and researchers at international conference IPSCO 2015 called for thorough research on cow-product based therapies to dispel myths and science behind them, Gujarat Ayurved University (GAU) on Friday announced to set up a registry of observations made by ayurveda practitioners in the country for coordination in research.

Dr Ashok Vadiya, the pioneer of reverse pharmacology appealed researchers to pick anecdotal evidence of success of panchgavya treatment up as beginning for their research.

“The talk about cow did not begin after BJP came to power. Vinoba Bhave and Mahatma Gandhi were the ones who underlined the importance of cow in Indian life. But there is question as to whether gavya chikitsa is myth or reality. Myths are public dreams. Go-Gram is Indian reality. But we must find out effectiveness of the practices through research. There are anecdotes and they can be starting points of research. Gujarat should take lead in gavya research,” the senior researcher said, while addressing gathering at a symposium on Gavya Chikita: Myths or Realityof IPSCON 2015.

The IPSCON 2015, the three-day international meet and 48th annual conference Indian Pharmacological Society (IPS) began on Saurashtra University campus here on Friday. The meet is being organised by IPS, the apex organisation of pharmacologists in the country.

Panchgavya means five cow products – milk, curd, ghee, urine and dung. Dr Vaiyda, who is also chairman of the organising committee of IPSCON 2015 further stated that there was dire need to record evidence of panchgavya treatment and standardisation of cow products.

Responding to Dr Vaidya’s suggestion, GAU vice-chancellor Rajesh Kotecha said his university will establish a registry for research in panchgavya chikitsa. “In ayurveda, there are references about products of cow and guamutra. But they are here and there. For example, properties of milk and milk as a vehicle of medicine etc.

For us Indian scientists also, it is a new area of looking at. There is experience, there is shraddha (faith) also, there are some clues. But we need to work more on it. So, I agree with Dr Vaidya’s reccommendation that we need to make a registry of observations, scientific evidence. We will be happy to open a centre of registry of observations of physicians on panchgavya at our university. We will maintain documentation,” announced the V-C.

GAU is the only ayurveauniverstiy in the country. Dr Vaidya noted that it was for the first time in the history of IPS that it accommodated gavya chikitsaas one of subjects of discussions. The IPSCON 2015 is also the 48th annual conference of IPS.

Kotecha, who was chair of the symposium, observed that limitations of pharmacology was an opportunity for alternative medicines. “An oncosurgeon from Jaipur told me that chemotherapy and cancer medicines seldom work and that they also drains our foreign reserves because they are coming from the West. He also told me that this is an opportunity to prove our alternative approach to the world. This is new to ayurvedaalso because in ayurveda we have references aboutpanchgavya. But ayurveda is mainly pharmo-therapic in medicine, ayurved is science of health,” the Padma awardee ayurveda practitioner said in his concluding remarks.

He added that coordination was required in research in this field and that the registry would serve this purpose.

Addressing the symposium, Dr Vallabh Kathiria, chairman of Gauseva and Guachar Vikas Board (GGBV) of Gujarat government underlined the need of gavya therapy just not for human beings but for plants and other animals also for creation of a sustainable economy. The symposium was sponsored by GGBV.

Dr M Hemanth Kumar, research head at Patanjali Yogpeeth of Baba Ramdev claimed they had developed compounds from cow urine which helps curing cancer. Dr Nisha Parmar, associate professor at GAU also said that they had observed cancer patients recovering after receiving panchgavya treatment.

“These patients were those whom doctors had told that their disease was incurable. However, we are not sure at this junction what and how works in panchgavya,” she said.

Referring to various beliefs associated with cow milk, Dr Chhaya Godse, a researcher at Kasturba Health Society in Mumbai said that A1 beta casien protein in cow milk was linked to high prevalence of diabetes in some countries but not in others.

Nor were adverse health implications of A1 beta casein protein, which is found more in indigenous cow breeds in India were established fully. She suggested more research was need on the A1 beta casien to find out its adverse impact on human health.

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