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US research on triphala  validates age-old beliefs
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 20
The latest clinical findings of a research carried out at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute in USA suggesting that an ancient ayurvedic formulation, triphala, could prove to be an effective weapon to prevent the growth of pancreatic cancerous cells, has created a wave of excitement among the scholars, practitioners and followers of the indigenous system of medicine.

Commenting on the research findings, which were presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research in Los Angeles earlier this week, Dr R. Vatsyayan, a noted ayurveda scholar and a former member of the Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Sidha (CCRAS), observed that of the countless herbs and herbal combinations used in ayurvedic system of medicine, no other drug was considered as important as triphala. Deeply embedded in Indian ethos, it was trusted as a multi-purpose medicine by ancient practitioners, and continued to be religiously relied upon by millions of people even today.

Talking to mediapersons here today, he said the new research (carried out in USA) had only revalidated the ayurvedic view point in this regard. “What has been written thousands of years ago, no doubt, needs scientific scrutiny in the 21st century. It will be a welcome sign if clues and indications in this regard are taken from ancient ayurvedic texts.”

Dr Vatsyayan told that triphala was a combination of dried pulp of three well known fruits namely amla (Emblica officianalis), harad (Terminalia chebula) and bahera (Terminalia belerica). Ayurveda believed that when these three herbs were mixed together, then a unique combination was achieved which could alleviate all vitiated 'doshas' of the body - the vata, the pitta and the kapha. Triphala was commonly used, both as medicine and as a rejuvenating agent.

“Triphala removes toxins and various other undesirable accumulations from the body. It is known to nourish the tissues by increasing digestion and  assimilation.

While regulating metabolism, it strengthens the physiological systems and acts as an excellent anti-oxidant.”

The herbal formulation helps to recover from anaemia, bowel toxicity and constipation while also proving beneficial in chronic lung disease, acidity, skin disorders, eye problems, hypertension, specific and unspecific growths (tumors) and conditions  where cholesterol and uric acid levels are raised.

He was of the strong view that considering its excellent anti-oxidant and anti-viral action, triphala could be a topic of research to find an effective medicine for AIDS and Hepatitis C virus. Similarly, many other herbs  like giloy and ashwagandha should also be scientifically explored. 

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Budding surgeons get hands-on training

Ludhiana, April 20
The 26th annual conference of the North Zone Chapter of Indian Orthopaedic Association (IOA), organised by the Department of Orthopaedics, Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), was inaugurated here today by CMCH director John Pramod.

Orthopaedic surgeons from the northern states of the country, besides some delegates from Maharashtra, are attending the three-day conference. Prior to the inauguration, pre-conference workshops on hip and knee replacement surgery were held all through the day, and younger orthopaedics were given hands-on training by the some of the renowned surgeons on the faculty.

Two senior-most orthopaedic surgeons from the region - Dr R. Bhalla from Delhi and Dr R.L Mittal from Patiala, were presented with 'Life Time Achievement' awards for their dedicated service to the field of orthopaedics.

Addressing the delegates, the CMCH director focused on the importance of having CMEs and workshops, which facilitated the exchange of knowledge, skills and experience between the senior professionals and their younger colleagues

The organising secretary of the conclave, Dr M.K Mam, while extending a warm welcome to the dignitaries, distinguished faculty and delegates, highlighted the details of the workshop and scientific sessions to be organised during the next two days of the conference.

On this occasion, the North Zone president of IOA, Dr Raj Bahadur, and zonal secretary, Dr M.S Dhillon, apprised the delegates of the past and future activities of the association. — OC

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IMA nominates regional secretaries
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 20
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) secretary, Dr Gupta, here, last evening, said that Dr Jagmohan Chopra, Dr Sanjeet Singh Grewal, Dr I.S. Bagga, Dr Ravi Singla and Dr Surinder Likhi had been nominated regional secretaries to coordinate the activities in their allotted areas.

Dr Livtar Singh Chawla would be the patron of the body while the advisory board of the IMA would comprise senior members, including Dr S.B. Khurana, Dr Iqbal Singh Ahuja, Dr Ajit Singh Dua and Dr K.P. Singh.

Sub-committees were constituted to deal with matters pertaining to membership, ethics, cultural activities, quackery, CME, environment and health, constitution, discipline and crisis management.

The IMA general body meeting would be held here on May 12 to finalise the modalities for the proposed membership drive, he added.

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