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How many are aware in western countries that India has a ministry for Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy?

Dernière mise à jour : 26 nov. 2023

Blog Post #105

If you want to change of atmosphere, as Arletty said, and even almost change of world, I invite you to find out about AYUSH.

It is an acronym for Alternative Traditional Medicines practiced in India such as Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy.

Who in France today imagines a ministry dedicated to naturopathy, well-being, homeopathy? Well, in India it's called AYUSH and the ministry was created in November 2014.

It is responsible for the educational development, research and propagation of Traditional Holistic Medicine.

This economic sector is one of those with the strongest growth in India with nearly 3 million jobs and a turnover of $23 billion, compared to 3 in 2014, including a quarter in public support services. : dispensaries, clinics, dedicated hospitals.

Rejuvenation is the fastest growing segment with an annual growth rate of approximately 25% in the wellness market.

The herbal pharmaceuticals sector accounted for 35% of Ayush's exports in 2020, while the extracts and nutraceuticals sector each shared around 22% export share in the total, while medicinal plants and aromatics had a 20% export share in 2020.

It is estimated that there are nearly 8000 species of medicinal plants in the Indian subcontinent.

Ayurveda is a system of holistic traditional medicine whose origin dates back more than 5000 years and which is concerned with the individual as a whole and advocates a healthy lifestyle as a whole.

Yoga and its various forms are renowned all over the world today.

Naturopathy is a practice with a therapeutic aim which claims to balance the functioning of the organism by so-called "natural" means: lifestyle, change of diet, herbal medicine, massages, physical activity, fasts... Naturopathy would not originate from India, but from the United States.

Unani-tibb or Unani medicine is a term used to refer to traditional Persian and Arabic medicine practiced in the Muslim civilizations of South Asia. It is also practiced in Middle Eastern countries.

Unani is an Arabic word meaning Greece.

It refers to a tradition of Greco-Arabic medicine, based on the teachings of the Greek physician Hippocrates, the Roman physician Galen and developed into a medical system elaborated in the Middle Ages by Arab and Persian physicians, such as Rhazes (al -Razi), Avicenna (Ibn-e-Sina), Al-Zahrawi and Ibn Nafis.

Ibn-e-Sina popularly known as Avicenna, one of the greatest scholars of the Unani Tibb, defined it as "the science in which we learn various states of the body in good health and when it is not 'is not healthy and the means by which health is likely to be lost and, when lost, is likely to be restored'

Unani also has origins in the Hellenic culture, almost 2500 years ago and is of herbal-animo-mineral origin (about 90% grass, 4-5% animal and 5-6% minerals). It is not only the original science of medicine, but also a rich storehouse of principles and philosophies of medicine that can be of immense value to medicine in particular and science in general.

Siddha medicine is a centuries-old traditional medicine originating in Tamil Nadu.

India's National Health Portals :

The Siddha system of medicine is mainly practiced in the southern part of India. It is one of the first systems of traditional medicine in the world that not only treats the body but also the mind and soul.

The word Siddha has its origin in the Tamil word Siddhi which means "an object to be attained" or "perfection" or "heavenly bliss".

India being the birthplace of many traditional philosophies also gave birth to Siddha.

The roots of this system are intimately linked to the culture of the ancient Tamil civilization.

"Siddhargal" or Siddhars were the first scholars of this system in ancient times. The Siddhars, mainly from Tamil Nadu, laid the foundations of the Siddha system of medicine. Hence, it is called Siddha medicine.

The Siddhars were spiritual masters who possessed the ashta (eight) siddhis or unique powers.

Agastyar or Agasthya is believed to be the founding father of Siddha medicine.

Eighteen Siddhars are considered pillars of Siddha medicine.

Siddha medicine is believed to revitalize and rejuvenate dysfunctional organs that cause disease.

Kayakarpam, a special combination of medicine and lifestyle, Varmam therapy, Vaasi (Pranayamam) and Muppu the universal salt are the specialties of the Siddha system of medicine.

Thus, this system connects both the spiritual and the physical and treats the whole person, that is, it concentrates the physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being of an individual.

Homeopathy is well known in Europe. The Boiron laboratory in France is a world leader, despite hostile politics in its own country, since homeopathy has been de-reimbursed and is often denigrated in the media, but not by the public.

Our "mainstream" media often seek to portray the entire naturopathic sector as a landmark of dangerous irresponsible charlatans, major plants of the pharmacopoeia such as artemisia, mistletoe, cannabis canker, at the heart of the international pharmacopoeia are still prohibited in France and the others concealed or hampered in their distribution to the public, whose enthusiasm for natural products and integrative medicine nevertheless continues to be strong.

For millennia, we have also had a very rich pharmacopoeia with several hundred species of medicinal plants.

Everyone will therefore be able to judge that another world, with another course, in the interest of the holistic health of the population and employment; another paradigm, not only exist but record a strong development, from which our country does not really benefit, since the direction taken here is the opposite of that of the Indian government and that nothing is done to support them, on the contrary.

It should be noted that the 9th World Congress of Ayurveda has just taken place in India and a senior official from the Ministry of Ayush has confirmed that 65,000 patients have been treated and cured during the pandemic. For 300 of them, hospitalization was necessary while the others experienced only moderate symptoms, recovered relatively quickly and were able to remain in isolation at home.

4 effective Ayurvedic remedies were used in particular to stimulate the immune system:

1°) a herbal decoction with strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, based on tulsi (holy basil), black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and grapes.

2°) "golden" milk with turmeric boiled in milk and turmeric tea

3°) the nasya: application of sesame or coconut oil on the stomach.

4°) the consumption of chyawanprash, a mixture of amla, a tonic and regenerating fruit, with about thirty other medicinal plants and unrefined sugar.

In general, I rather put the priority here on our pharmacopoeia with the products that are easily found here, such as:

propolis and bee products, Guérande salt, amaranth, chlorella and spirulina, mistletoe, yew, dandelion, burdock, yarrow, vine products, elderberry, thyme, garlic, black radish, nettle, oregano, lovage, meadowsweet, sage, savory, heather, blackcurrant, carrots, hemp, lemon, rosehip, echinacea, eleutherococcus, pomegranate, almonds and walnuts, olive leaves, rosemary, noble laurel, mint, eucalyptus, pine and fir, ribwort plantain, brambles, crucifers, hawthorn, dogwood, cypress, barberry, sweet clover, basil, birch, ash, juniper, horsetail, willow, linden, bitter orange and grapefruit, chamomile, tarragon, gentian, fig tree, lavender, marjoram, lemon balm, St. John's wort, saffron, verbena, milk thistle, peppers and peppers, blueberries, flax seeds, castor , apple cider vinegar and so many others.

But Ayurveda is also an ancestral wealth which we must draw inspiration from and use, according to our needs and possibilities.

Many African countries have taken a similar direction to Indian authorities, including Madagascar, Benin, Senegal, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Guana, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania, Congo, Botswana, South Africa , as far as Cameroon or even Ethiopia.

The WHO had to agree to coordinate study and research programs on the efficacy of certain plants in the traditional pharmacopoeia, in particular for antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-infective purposes.

as :

-artemisia afra and ravintsara

As Naturopath healer Jean-Pierre Willem writes on his blog :

" Malagasy experts have persisted in their research and today their curative CVO+ remedy from Artemisia annua (improved version of Covid Organics) is undergoing a clinical trial. Extracts of this plant with antiviral properties are dosed for each capsule with 150 mg of artemisinin, 3.3 mg of flavonoid extract, 4 mg of terpene extract.

There is also 7.1 mg of Ravintsara essential oil. The trial is in phase 3, randomized double-blind, as required by the protocol. After two weeks of treatment on 338 patients with Covid, the results indicate that curative CVO+ is “87.1% effective for the treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19”. This is how this experiment is officially supervised by the WHO, which sent its experts on site to examine this data and issue an independent scientific opinion. The product is now sent and prescribed in many African countries.

Madagascar has become the pioneer in African clinical trials focused on traditional medicine.

And it is not the only African country to carry out such work.

In Kenya

This country is waiting for subsidies to start standard trials. At the same time, pharmacologists are taking initiatives. This is how two traditional medicine products were formulated and authorized specifically to treat Covid-19.

(Antivir-H) is an antiviral whose composition is kept secret, while IMB is an immune stimulant containing, among other things, moringa and garlic.

They were administered to one hundred infected patients and this synergistic treatment would have "very clearly improved the symptoms", according to Professor Francis Ndemo. This experiment will be extended to 1,800 Kenyan patients. What is the IMB formula?


- moringa olifeira called nebeday in West Africa

"Shrub 4 to 5 m high, with upright then drooping branches. The flowers are white with five unequal petals. The fruits are elongated siliques, which contain 7 to 20 winged, prismatic seeds.

The vernacular names of this tree vary according to the continents. In French-speaking Africa, the most general name is Nébéday, which is found more or less distorted and which would come from the English expression never die, “who never dies”.

The fruits and leaves used in food are rich in vitamin C (220 mg per 100 g). They also contain many amino acids (proteins) especially in the leaves. All parts of the plant are used.

Finally, three antibiotic substances have been discovered in the roots: pterygospermine, athomine, spirochine whose antibacterial spectra are very broad. Spirochina also acts as a cardiotonic.

The seeds eaten after drying taste like peanuts. But above all they can give an interesting oil, close to olive oil, which contains about 70% oleic acid. She is highly sought after.

As this tree is of fast growth (about 3 years after its plantation, it begins to give fruits), one could produce in great quantity this oil known internationally under the name of “oil of Ben”.

The purifying tree

The team of Professor Geoff Folkard, from the University of Leicester (Great Britain), has developed a water purification system that uses the active ingredients of Moringa oleifera seed. Crushed, moringa seeds disinfect the muddy water of a river or a backwater, which becomes drinkable within an hour. A hope for third world countries, which could cultivate this tree. Moringa has the triple advantage of growing in poor soil, without much care, and being productive quickly. Besides its seeds, it offers leaves and flowers rich in protein, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron."

" Not all countries are at the same stage. While Madagascar and Equatorial Guinea are completing their phase 3 clinical trials with results deemed encouraging, Burkina Faso has concluded its phase 2 trials on apivirine. This Beninese herbal medicine based on Dichrostachys glomerata or bell mimosa “confirms virological efficacy, with a positive evolution after three weeks of treatment on patients suffering from a moderate to mild form of Covid-19”, reports Professor Sylvin Ouedraogo , research director in pharmacology. In Ghana, the nibima plant (Cryptolepis sanguinolenta), used in the fight against malaria, is being tested in a phase 2 trial. The WHO also highlights Ghana where, since 2021, around fifty hospitals have been working with herbal therapists from universities."

"Mozambique is one of the poorest countries on the African continent. With one doctor per 25,000 inhabitants, it is understandable that most people mainly turn to healers or traditional healers. Faced with Covid-19, the authorities have therefore decided to fully integrate traditional medicine into the public health system by combining the taking of preventive cures: syrups made from garlic, onion and ginger and herbal teas made from lemon balm leaves, mango and mulberry. The University of Maputo and the local Ministry of Health have also jointly developed a new food supplement: Ekume, which contains green banana, sorghum, maize and millet flours and groundnuts. An ultra-protein mixture intended to “hasten the healing of Covid-19 patients in addition to other treatments”, according to the Directorate of Pharmacy of Mozambique."

"Research is in full swing: It favors anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious plants. Azadirachta indica (Neem) This plant is native to India. An alcoholic extract of leaves and trunk bark showed anti-inflammatory and antipyretic activity. Similarly, a freeze-dried aqueous extract of the leaves, given orally to rats, confirms this anti-inflammatory action. Boil 30 grams of leaves in a liter of water for half an hour. Drink half a liter a day. Crossopterix febrifuga The traditional indications, as the name of the species indicates, are fever, cough, bronchial affections thanks to the bark of the trunk and the roots. A patent filed in Italy (FORESTA) describes two products, crossoptins A and B, saponosides whose genin is oleanolic acid. These two substances have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and mucolytic properties, which corresponds to the indications of influenza, coronavirus and bronchitis.

Guiera senegalensis

Nger in Wolof, geloki in Fulani, Kudembe in Bambara…

The Nger is considered the first plant in Senegal if we consider its widespread use and its many indications. It is used mainly as a cough suppressant and as a febrifuge. Hence its prescription as an antitussive and in inflammation of the bronchi and lungs. It is the leaves that are usually prescribed in the form of a decoction.

These indications are general in all the countries where this plant grows, from Senegal to northern Nigeria.

A cough syrup has been prepared from the leaves. The clinical study has been verified in children from 6 months to 6 years old and the antitussive action has proven to be excellent in 98% of cases (POUSSET).

Boil 50 grams of Nger leaves in 500 ml of water for half an hour. Filter and sweeten as desired. Drink by tablespoons for adults, coffee for children."

Results are expected very soon.

Let's be thankful and make tribute to Jean-Pierre Willem for his support and contribution and helpful action in Africa since 60 years.

He is happy to notice that essential oils represent in some African countries the "big antiviral artillery". and that his blog posts are read and exchanged in French-speaking countries:

He was involved in Africa, first in Gabon where he was the last assistant to Doctor Albert Schweitzer in Lambaréné, then chief medical officer on the Transgabonais.

In Rwanda where he did his military service in the Cooperation. He had the opportunity to stop a very disabling skin pathology inaccessible to allopathic medicine thanks to the use of essential oil of Eucalyptus radiata.

And in Madagascar with the presence of his association “barefoot doctors” (MAPN), "médecins aux pieds nus".

Thank you for your attention.

Western populations, obviously, have everything to gain from the new global paradigm in terms of health, which sooner or later will emerge: multipolar, more open, tolerant and integrative of the best of technology, but also of the best of natural treasures. international standards and the different and complementary ancestral traditions of care and well-being.

Proportionally, this would represent at least a potential of 150,000 jobs in France and in our overseas territories, which also have exceptional ecosystems.

Below you will find the files on my site which summarize the properties of more than 300 species of medicinal plants. I continue to complete them each month.

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