SARVE SANTU NIRAMAYA
TECHNOLOGY FOR AYURVEDA
Vd Anil Koralli
Technology has certainly impacted on our lives by making many complex and critical processes in an effortless way. Information technology in medical education and health care is a broad concept that encompasses procedures, tools, and techniques that can be used to improve health-care delivery and can facilitate health education.
Two components of the technology are important which accelerates the implementation and utilization by end users, namely physical component which comprises of items such as products, tooling, equipment’s, blueprints, techniques, and processes] and the informational component which consists of know-how in management, marketing, production, quality control, reliability, skilled labour and functional areas.
Integration of Technology to the age-old ancient system medicine Ayurveda seems no cake walk. Identification of appropriate technologies, its adaptation to pitch Ayurveda globally keeping fundamentals un-waivered, availing the developed content to be flexible and accessible requires unorthodox engagements as it is interdisciplinary approach.
Ayurveda, that has been nurtured through Gurukul tradition, faces its litmus test to meet globalization and technology is the bridge that one can connect. Nevertheless, the initiation of such events has been in news like High Throughput Screening (HTS) that is used with success for screening plants for new lead compounds from herbs. The other new technologies include virtual screening filtering experiments using pharmacophore models, docking studies, and neural networks for novel lead identification from the natural product. The use of an upgraded version of Snehana, Svedana, Shirodhara yantra, etc., in Panchakarma is to make the therapies economic/cost-effective, to increase the effectiveness of therapies, to develop Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the therapies and practice purpose, and to save workforce and time. General consideration for adopting the new technology is that it should be as effective as classical technology in all the aspects such as therapeutic efficacy.
Technology will facilitate delivery of Ayurvedic healthcare services, standardization, drug control etc. Focusing on Health information technology will decrease delayed, missed, and incorrect diagnoses in the clinical practice. This will further extend the physician’s intelligence.
Despite a plethora of minds interested in medical technology, the disconnect between disciplines and Institutes stifles innovation.
Platforms like WAC provides pragmatic scenes and window for all members to communicate effectively across disciplines, assess academic, clinical and market needs, analyse technical opportunities and limitations, iterate on prototypes and develop commercial implementation strategies to move ideas closer to implementation.
This blog is intended to explore the dimensions of integration of technology with Ayurveda and Developing Ayurtechnology on the lines of basic principles. It may focus on objective in different horizons of development of Ayur teaching technology and e literature , application of bioinformatics for perception of concepts, application of Concepts of bioengineering in the development of Ayur- therapeutic Equipments, application of Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning for advanced diagnostic.
Integration of technology and Ayurveda principles will ultimately help in the advancement of Ayurveda teaching, therapeutic, diagnostic and healthcare as per global standards to build a healthy world.