Yoga in Medical Education

  • Last Post 19 June 2015
bvadkoli posted this 30 May 2015 - Last edited 02 June 2015

India is set to celebrate International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2015 to highlight the importance, relevance and usefulness of this ancient Indian technique to the overall benefit of mankind. It is a great opportunity for all of us to explore ways and means of propagating this knowledge through multiple strategies.

The benefits of Yoga in physical and mental well being of the people have been quite established. Incorporating Yoga in to the curriculum of medical education is a much needed intervention. In the context of increasing life-style related health problems, and rising cost of curative treatment, the conventional curriculum guided by Western medicine is no more compatible. Even considering the amount of stress generated among medical and health professionals, Yoga appears to be the only ray of hope for facing the enormous challenges. Every medical college should therefore seriously think in terms of introducing Yoga for the faculty as well as students for disease prevention and health promotion. Some can specialize in therapeutic uses of Yoga.

However the manner which Yoga should be introduced requires further deliberations. Standardization of Yogic training and practice is a challenging issue. The development of a common protocol is a major step taken by the Government so far. Medical educationists should deliberate on the modalities of training, and assessment. This requires some space to be created in the overcrowded curriculum, hiring / training of competent faculty, besides collective action on part of the Government, Universities, and Medical Council of India. A collective voice raised during IDY can have some rippling effect.

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djpv2002in posted this 01 June 2015 - Last edited 02 June 2015

Yoga in the medical curriculum of modern medicine

Introduction of whole some Yoga science in medical curriculum as one of the important subject for obtaining a medical degree will go a long way in solving the problems of public health as it is supposed to boost autoimmune system in the body and boost the mental faculty with positive energy.Our honourable Prime Minister Modiji practically showed the effect of this practice during his visit to U.S..Whole world was astonished to see that he remain only on lemon water throughout his visit and even after that(as it was navaratra fast for him) He did not loose his energy for a second to address the gathering and perform his all duties scheduled to be performed in efficient manner .Baba Ramdev became successful clinician with a huge following of the people who had lost all hopes from the use of modern medical science for the cure of their ailments in a very short time with the use of applied therapeutic Yoga practices. Naturopathy system has also adopted the easy aspects of this science and utilising this knowledge for the treatment of various ailments. Iyengar has publicized the therapeutic aspect of yoga all around the globe. SVYASA university has conducted many scientific works with the active involvement of modern scientists and published many papers in peer review journals. DIPAS has conducted many scientific studies and given relaxation to the military and paramilitary personnel at forward posts.JIPMER has brought out many M.D.scholars on this specialty of yoga and established its credentials on scientific parameters.. Yogayatan started by Dhirendra brahmchari which is now MDNIY has trained many scholars apart from providing research facilities to renowned institution of modern medicine. Bihar school of Yoga providing training to many international scholars. Maharshi Mahesh Yogi took this science to international arena as practice of Transcendental Meditation and attracted many scientists to the fold. Shivananda who was himself an MBBS doctor took to Yoga and was able to establish its credentials on globe. Many Institutions in India is imparting this knowledge to many interested people.Since United Nation has accepted the value of this science and voted in its favor with tremendous majority it is high time for the MCI to consider adopting and introducing the Yoga science in its curriculum without any further delay and reduce the burden of taking molecule based drugs up to the extent of its feasibility. It is suitable environment for creating our own identity of knowledge instead of blindly following the west.If not now it is never.

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dramcsekar posted this 06 June 2015 - Last edited 17 June 2015

Dear Sir/Madam,

It was great to know your acceptance of the effects of yoga in every aspects of the human health and life.

However, your view of taking the yoga in the MCI is highly unacceptable.

The enormous research in the field of Yoga and Naturopathy even with a scarce resource for research has been proving a point that, it should be considered as an independent system of medicine rather than like a paramedical/ complementary medicine approach.

Yoga, being born in India, it is the duty of India to take Yoga therapy as an Independent system of medicine. Many yoga gurus and yoga schools of yoga has brought yoga to common men through their rigorous persistent hardwork. It is the time to promote yoga therapy, whereby common ailments will be treated only with yoga and not with any medications. If Yoga is to be taken to higher levels anymore, then yoga should be introduced as a therapeutic modality.

Several state government realised that, Yoga and Naturopathy should be considered as an independent system of medicine. As of now 10 such states, under their state run medical universities, started the only medical education in yoga i.e., BNYS - Bachelors in Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences (BNYS), a 5 1/2 Years medical curriculum offered in Naturopathy and yoga medical colleges. The first professional medical education in Naturopathy & Yoga started wayback in 1970 and as of now there are more than 3000 practitioners and with around 800 students pursuing the BNYS education in the colleges.

BNYS graduates practice Naturopathy and Yoga as an independent system of medicine rather than a complementary or alternative system of medicine as practised in the west . There is no point introducing yoga in MBBS curriculum, as a medical education in yoga is already existing in majority of the states and even the Ministry of AYUSH explained its stand in the medical education of yoga.

Dr. Chandra Sekaran BNYS., MPH.,

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djpv2002in posted this 10 June 2015 - Last edited 17 June 2015

Compartmentalisation of medicine for the treatment is creating pressure not only on the pocket of a patient but also on the public exchequer.Creation of different infra structure for various systems of medicines separately is not going to yield any result from health and economy point of view.Hence it is high time to integrate all systems claiming to treat and prevent diseases and maintain health of the people and economy like china at least at primary health care level.However imparting training and research in different systems to generate scientific data may be required to prove the strength and development individual system of medicine till the fulfilment of Alma ata declaration"Health for All"Perhaps china is the best example for the delivery of health care to their people in the world and propagation of TCM around world so we need to take lesson from our mighty neigbour.

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Chandrasekaran posted this 19 June 2015

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Compartmentalisation of medicine could be a problem only to the modern system of medicine practitioners and the industry which is getting benefitted by them, as their share in the healthcare management will be affected. To the government/public, it is the monopoly in medicine is the biggest problem. Monopoly in medicine worst ever form of monopoly in the history of mankind (Read the books on Monopoly in medicine and Health).If you want to know more about monopoly in medicine, speak to the noble economists across the world. 

Creation of infrastructure for various systems of medicine is found to be very beneficial in many countries. Even in China, TCM is practiced as an independent system of medicine and not as a complementary system. And TCM has never been incorporated in any modern medicine curriculum. 

Your suggestion of imparting training and research in different systems to generate scientific data to prove the strength and development of individual system is very acceptable and very necessary.  

I, being a BNYS graduate with almost five years of clinical and research experience, I appreciate the development in the modern medicine primarily emergency medicine and surgery. But the modern medicine is handicapped to address many of the common day to day to ailments where they are employing just empericial treatments with drugs which may do more harm than benefit to the patients. Every system of medicine has pros and cons, but in the name of integration, the traditional system of medicine could be ruined by the horn of the healthcare industries.

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