Incidence of Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate in India. Owing to its complications like diabetic retinopathy/diabetic nephropathy, diabetes is one of the leading causes for loss of working hours and thus directly affecting the productivity. Diabetes has no longer remained a disease of rich or disease of old age. It is equally prevalent in the rural areas. The incidence of diabetes is on rise even in the younger generation in their age of 20s and 30s. In addition to sedentary lifestyle, unwholesome food habits, and lack of awareness about complications of Diabetes, the slow onset and absence of alarming symptoms to draw attention are major contributing factor to its rise. It is possible to prevent the concept of diabetes if detected in pre-diabetic stage.
Diabetes, in Ayurveda is considered under 'Prameha' which have been aptly addressed as Mahagada in all ancient Ayurveda Samhitas. Ayurvedic approach towards diabetes is very much unique and different than the conventional approach. Although the conventional investigations like blood sugar and HbA 1C are also used by Ayurvedic practitioners, the treatment and the dietary regime is not solely dependent upon these parameters. The various diagnostic criteria based on Pancha Nidan, Kleda Dushti, Status of Dhatus etc. are the main factors to be taken into consideration in the diagnosis and management of diabetes. The Ministry of AYUSH on the occasion of first Ayurveda Day, developed and published for the first time a Protocol for Prevention and Control of Diabetes through Ayurveda'
Lot of research has been done in last decade on the pathogenesis of diabetes effect of various interventions mentioned in Ayurveda as well as new drug development. Some of them have found place in practice. Many Ayurveda practitioners out of their long standing experience have developed specialty in certain aspect of Ayurveda However, the young professionals may not be aware of these recent developments. Moreover, the Ministry has also supported some centres of excellences and through RAV have posted young Ayurvedic doctors to these centres for training.
A two day National Seminar on "Evidence Based Ayurvedic Approach To Diagnosis, Prevention and Management of Diabetes and its Complications" is being organized by the RAV so as to benefit the participants, of the experience of renowned experts working in renowned institutes. Some of the RAV Gurus having such specialized knowledge shall share their experiences with the participants in key note addresses. RAV had invited research papers from Ayurveda Scholars/researchers/experts which received an overwhelming response from all over India. After peer review of the papers by experts in the field of Ayurveda, top 20 papers are selected for oral presentation and 23 papers are published in this compendium. The seminar has also provided a platform to young scientist to present their research. The Conference will have sessions on gestational Diabetes and Ayurvedic intervention, Ayurvedic management of Diabetic foot, Retinopathy etc. The conference will be unique in many ways and will be useful to all participants in their clinical practice.
It is a coincidence that 2017 is the Silver Jubilee year of the RAV and therefore, this National seminar is being organized as a part of Silver Jubilee Celebration. The achievements of the RAV in past 25 years since it become functional is because of the hard efforts of all the past directors of RAV, the staff and other employees of RAV, the academic institutes, researchers, scholars associated with RAV and most importantly the strong support of the Ministry and the Governing Body of RAV.
I would like to express my gratitude to Ministry of AYUSH and all members of Governing Body of RAV for their support and co-operation in organizing this seminar.
I thank all my staff at RAV for their continued assistance in making this event successful.
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