Monday, February 07, 2011

Ayurveda to the rescue of cancer patients

Pune : Ten ayurveda practitioners, nutritionists and field assistants in the city have undertaken an ambitious clinical research project for the benefit of cancer patients.
Using traditional medicinal herbs available locally, the project seeks to help cancer patients maintain their overall nutritional health status while minimising the toxicity levels and other side-effects caused by chemotherapy.
While about 10,000 cancer patients, some of whom are terminally ill, will be included from Pune and neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad areas in the efficacy programme, the second phase of the programme would cover similar cases under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
The 10-year project, being carried out in three stages, has been supported by the Indian Cancer Society and the SNDT Women's University. The project comes close on the heels of the union government seriously contemplating to set up ayurveda centres in major cancer hospitals of the country, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Mumbaibased Tata Memorial hospital. Read more...

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