AVP

Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, Coimbatore – Our collaborators for Ayurveda

AVP

Our traditional Indian medical system, mainly Ayurveda, offers a very holistic and personalized approach to various disorders. Although the genetic basis of muscular dystrophy, mainly DMD – a single gene disorder is widely known, the therapeutic approaches towards cure are still in the research phase. Treatment in general clinical terms seems to be a farfetched goal. Even if treatment options become available in a decade or two, they are going to be exorbitantly expensive.
What is available today is the guidelines to improve the Quality of Life of the patients that gives a better care and reasonably increase the life expectancy. The medications/ interventions suggested in the guidelines, steroids, does not suit all patients and are known for their adverse side effects. Though, Ayurveda does not promise to offer a cure, nothing much is known on what ayurveda has to offer for muscular dystrophy, mainly Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The quality of life and life expectancy might be enhanced by this age old medical system. The personalized approach of taking care of every individual patient needs towards good health gives us hope on overall management of good health. The commendable aspect of this approach would be that there would not be any side effects as medications are proven through centuries and they could bring in equal or better quality of life to the affected children.
One year of completion of ayurvedic intervention for the children at MDCRC came to an end in August 2014. Thirty children were on this intervention of which most of them wanted to continue and proceed to the next year. Assessments were done to understand the improvement of quality of life in these children who were on ayurvedic medicines and data has been viewed.
We are extremely thankful to Dr. P.R. Krishnakumarji for having taken it forward to provide our children with free medicines are AVP which has enabled them to come so far. We owe to the Ayra vaiday Trust for this collaborative effort and are highly grateful to them in all ways.

WHY

Public Health to us at MDCRC is about the community at large. The health of the community at different levels and when seen through different perspectives becomes a subject which is complete, holistic and is a melting pot for a plethora of technical disciplines. At MDCRC we do align with a goal of working for community health by working on modular projects related to Women and Child health, disease prevention, Health informatics, Community building and its associated research, Water resources, Arts, Indic Sciences, Cultural issues which are relevant to the contemporary generation. The style which we adopt is to focus on totally neglected aspects and form a working model towards a better situation. The need for this approach is to bring back the glory of humanity in general and which percolates to a healthier India.

The disorders in current focus are Orphan disorders, meaning disorders whose numbers are said to be less (in the Western diaspora) which neither doesn’t majorly impact the community’s currently used health metric nor does it provide a base for extensive drug research and its production. This view is only true until the numbers are low and also the way we look at Public health in general. There had been no concerted efforts in the domain of Orphan disorders in India. Mission of ours then, was to bring the science, the services pertaining to a particular problem statement and which thereby gives rise to an evolution of a model. This forges a way of approaching Health from a community standpoint thereby offering an impactful experience to all stake-holders. This is where the core culture MDCRC comes in where we believe that in Public Health domain in particular, the science and the associated services need to reach mankind at large without a number bias or number crunching.

With a background in Biochemistry and Genetics, Dr. Lakshmi, in 2006 had started working on genetic disorders with specific emphasis on community building.

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