Unani medicine has much to offer for stress management: Prof Khan
The Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India organised a webinar on “Stress Management during COVID-19 Pandemic: Role of Yoga & Unani Practices”.
The webinar began with introductory address by Prof Asim Ali Khan, Director General, CCRUM. He highlighted the potential of Unani Medicine in dealing with the stress due to COVID-19 pandemic.
He said Unani Medicine has much to offer for stress management. He added that the traditional healthcare systems of the country provide lifestyle advocacies to boost immunity which helps in prevention of various kinds of infectious diseases. He further said that in Unani Medicine more emphasis is given to strengthen the immune status of the patient in order to make body’s resistance stronger.
Dr. Arzeena Jabeen, Research Officer (Unani) Scientist-IV, National Research Institute of Unani Medicine for Skin Disorders (NRIUMSD), Hyderabad spoke on “Unani Medicine for Mental Health” and said that according to Unani Medicine Quwwat-e-Mutafakkirah (faculty of thinking) is the natural power that controls anxiety. She added that there are high protein seeds which are used by Unani physicians to provide stimulus as brain tonic and strengthen the nervine activity. She further said that massage with certain herbal oils is also recommended to overcome anxiety.
In his lecture on “Effectiveness of Unani regimenal therapies in stress management”, Dr KT Ajmal, Director, Calicut Unani Hospital & Research Centre (CUHRC), Calicut, Kerala said that regimenal therapies are mostly non medicinal techniques or procedures by which Unani physicians modulate the patient’s habitat, lifestyle and dietary habits. He added that these practices are very useful in the prevention and treatment of various health issues including stress and anxiety.
Dr. Vadiraja HS, Research Officer (Yoga & Naturopathy), Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN) delivered a lecture on the “Role of Yoga in Stress Management during COVID-19”. In his address, Dr. Vadiraja said that Yoga gives us better body alignment and posture, stronger muscle strength, increased self-awareness, greater flexibility, lower blood pressure, and more resilient mental and physical capacities.
The webinar concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Ghazala Javed, Research Officer (Unani) Scientist-IV, CCRUM.
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