Plastic surgery is the gift of Vedic scriptures like Sushruta Samhita to modern medicine, says Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Sripad Naik. Inaugurating the Amrita Institute for Integrated Medicine and Research Centre under Amrita University in Kochi, Kerala, Naik said the knowledge of such surgery had been transmitted from teachers and practitioners to scholars.
“Our ancestors had such a remarkable sense of observation that they could see the effect of natural products like herbs, animal products and minerals on the human body,” said Naik. Naik’s statement is in line with the observation made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October 2014 that cosmetic surgery and reproductive genetics were practiced in ancient India thousands of years ago. “We worship Lord Ganesha. There must have been some plastic surgeon at that time who got an elephant’s head on the body of a human being and began the practise of plastic surgery,” Modi had said.
Naik, on his part, said ancient Indian healthcare systems not only prescribe treatment with drugs, but also have the concept of lifestyle regulation, diet regiments and seasonal regiments, which are helpful in the prevention as well as the cure of many diseases. “Another advantage of these medicines is that they do not have side effects on long-term use,” Naik added.
The minister called for scientific validation of the ancient Indian healthcare system to facilitate its global acceptance. He stressed that stand-alone modern medicine might not prove adequate in handling lifestyle-related disorders and chronic diseases in society.
(N B Nair is Executive Editor, Indian Science Journal)