Kochi: Experts have stressed the need for integration of various medical streams while combating diseases during the two-day ‘International Conference on Integrative Oncology 2020’ that concluded here on Sunday.
Dr Michael Dixon, Chair-College of Medicine and Integrated Health, UK, and Visiting Professor, University of Westminster and University College London, said the integration has become imperative due to increased prevalence of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases like cancer, depression and stress.
“The action is the need of the hour as anti-microbial resistance, over prescription of opiates (drugs derived from opium) and over prescription of conventional medicine have compounded the situation,” he said while speaking at the event organised by the Global Homeopathy Foundation (GHF) at Hotel Le Meridian in Kochi.
He pointed out that even as these issues persist back home in UK, the National Health Service (NHS) England banned herbal and homeopathic medicine while the Royal College of General Practitioners asked GPs not to offer Homeopathy.
However, the good news is that at last AYUSH has arrived in UK with the College of Medicine and Integrated Health taking the lead. It is also forming an Integrated Medical Alliance apart from organising a yoga conference.
He said the integration of medical systems was of paramount importance in oncology for prevention, treatment, treating side effects of conventional medicine and preventing recurrence. He stressed upon the need for art interventions like reading, singing and dancing in groups to bust stress of the patients apart from going for a robust regime of exercises.
Dr Vinu Krishnan, member, sub-committee on cancer, Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, New Delhi, presented a paper on ‘analysis and observations of stage 3 and 4 lung cancers using homeopathic interventions’ while Dr K M Madhu, superintendent, Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala Ayurvedic Hospital and Research Centre, Kochi, presented a paper ‘Integrative oncology-an Ayurvedic approach’. Dr Bindu John Pulparambil, RMO, Government Homeo Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram, presented a paper on palliative care while Dr Ravi Doctor, associate professor with Virar Homeopathic Medical College, Mumbai, dealt with clinical assessment of homeopathy and its role in survival in third and fourth stage cancers. Dr Surendran Veeraiah of Cancer Institute (WIA) presented a paper on psycho-social care in oncology.
Over a thousand delegates from about 30 countries including specialists from Germany, USA, UK, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, South Africa apart from India engaged in integrative and clinical oncology, fundamental research, AYUSH/TCAM ((Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine)-based oncology are attending the event. About 25 key scientific papers are being presented at the summit.