A new development in medicine was reported with Mr. Ojaswi Sharma becoming the first patient of Ayurvedic surgery. He is on way to complete recovery after removing 240 grams of prostrate. His surgery is one of a kind as he had Ayurvedic drugs in this entire procedure.
A Meerut hospital has successfully substituted Ayurvedic drugs for antibiotics during the prostatic surgery of 83-year-old Mr. Sharma. Usually, allopathic medicines like antibiotics are used before, during and after the surgery to prevent urinary tract infection and sepsis following endoscopic urologic procedures.
Dr. Subhash Yadav, Urologist with Anand Hospital in Meerut said, “The patient was allergic to antibiotics and therefore, a panel of doctors decided to go in for Ayurvedic drugs as an alternative. During the surgery, only anaesthesic and no antibiotics have been used.”
Dr. Yadav and his team were surprised by the outcome of integrated treatment and the patient has been steadily recovering since the surgery done of March 1, 2016.
A team of expert Ayurvedic practitioners across the country were contacted, who suggested special medicines from extracts of Indian Tinospora (Giloy in Hindi), Moringa Oleifera (Shigru in Hindi, Muringa in Malayalam), Gooseberry (Hindi name-Amla), Turmeric and Indian bdellium-tree (Gulgul).
Hemant Khushawa, retired professor and head, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, one of the experts said,” Special medicines comprising extracts of giloy, shigru, amla, turmeric and guggul were used in calculated proportions to be administered to Sharma. Shigru is for mild infections and is also a natural painkiller. Amla increases immunity while giloy is helpful in detoxifying the liver. The medicines were started 10 days before the operation.”
Dr. Ram Manohar, Research Director at Amrita School of Ayureda in Kerala said, “”This is a very interesting development. It is an eye opener in this period when resistance is being developed for antibiotics. This case points to the need for more studies to explore the potential contributions of Ayurveda in many areas of challenge.”
This development comes close to a study at New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences, which showed supportive Ayurvedic treatment improved outcomes in chemotherapy for cancer. All these show the great potential for integrative approach to healthcare. “India can lead the world if there is better cooperation between Ayurveda and Allopathic professionals.”
But practitioners of modern medicine are not ecstatic about the development. Many doctors were guarded in their response. They are of the opinion this case might be one of a kind. Proper studies and evaluations need to done before indoctrinating Ayurvedic treatments in surgery.