Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday inaugurated the state’s first Outpatient Department (OPD) and research centre for yoga at the largest government-run Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital in Jaipur, to coincide with the International Day of Yoga.
Inaugurating the OPD, the CM said that it will help those, who come to SMS Hospital for treatment of various diseases, with early recuperation. Accompanying her was Union Minister for River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti, Health Minister Rajendra Rathore, as well as members of the hospital administration.
Dr Deepak Mathur, Additional Principal, SMS Hospital, said, “We have established the Yoga OPD within the Physiology Department and Dr Dheeraj Jeph (an assistant professor in Physiology Department) has been made the nodal officer of the yoga OPD.” Mathur said primarily, the OPD and the research centre will work with diseases where yoga can be employed as an alternative for medicines. He said in some cases, the treatment might include yoga and medicines, as well as ailments that cane be cured entirely through yoga.
Jeph, who has been practicing yoga for 26 years and also holds a postgraduate degree in yoga, said that the OPD will treat psychosomatic disorders such as anxiety, depression, hypertension, migraine, heart diseases, etc. Apart from the consultancy room, the OPD will have a procedure room and a research lab. “The treatment and research will be interlinked,” Jeph said. For example, if someone ails from migraine, he or she will undergo the relevant yogic exercises and the brain activity will be monitored through electroencephalogram (EEG) to pinpoint the changes, he said.
Currently, the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) runs yoga OPDs in some government hospitals in New Delhi. Doctors here, however, said that SMS’ yoga OPD is different as treatment and research will be interlinked and the treatment will be done entirely by doctors trained in allopathic medicine. Apart from Dr Jeph, four other doctors from the physiology department will be associated with the OPD.
On the first day, the OPD saw two patients, one complaining of back pain and another of migraine.