Disgusting letter by IMA HQ, invoking purity and turf as defence. What face will IMA have if Ayurvedic surgeons file a case against Modern Medicine practitioners for using surgical instruments and doing anal procedures and plastic surgery flaps described in Sushruta Samhita?
To be sure, there are serious problems associated with handing out MS and MD Degrees by substandard and fraudulent AYUSH medical colleges without giving any actual training in those fields. But IMA’s approach to this serious problem is disgustingly condescending and nauseating.
The late Dr RD Bapat, head of surgery department KEM Hospital Mumbai, made ksharsutra mainstream in general surgery for management of difficult fistula in ano. Proctologists of “modern medicine” do not even perform the courtesy of using its original name. They call it “seton”.
The famous forehead/cheek flaps for nose reconstruction of Sushruta Samhita were taken to the West and refined there further, still popular today. Should “modern medicine” practitioners stop using it?
Innumerable traditional medicines have been incorporated into “modern medicine” after identifying their “active ingredient”. These include Morphine and its derivatives, Metformin, aspirin, artemisinin, ephedrine, silymarin, isapghula, aloe vera, evening primrose etc.
Instead of working towards eliminating these false barriers, IMA is putting in efforts to strengthen and fossilise them. China has mainstreamed their traditional medicine in public health, but our gatekeepers of modern medicine are still stuck in the colonial era.

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