Dr Suresh Patankar, a Pune-based urologist and President of Ace Multispecialty hospital, has been recently nominated to the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), Government of India.
The CCIM is a statutory body under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which monitors higher education in Ayurweda, Siddha and Unani. It regulates Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani.
My Medical Mantra spoke with Dr Patankar on the challenges before India to promote its alternative medicine. Here is a brief excerpt from the interview:
Q: How do you look at research in alternative medicines in the country?
A: We are depending on the Western world for research in something that is our own knowledge of treasure. I feel very sad when I do not get to see enough research papers in the international journals on the topics related to alternative medicine.
Q: What more needs to be done in the country to promote alternative medicine?
A: Doctors practicing alternative medicine should not be behave like a frog in the well who does not want to see the sea which is outside of the well. They should be open to modern diagnostic techniques as well. Do not leave your fundamentals, but go beyond that and carry out some research. They should document their work. The entire medical fraternity needs to change their perception and should recognise that alternative medicine has a huge preventive role to play.
Q: What would be your role in the CCIM?
A: I am one of the expert members on the committee. I would like to go beyond the routine work of giving recognition to the colleges and formulating syllabus. I would look into the aspect on how traditional medicine can be evolved in a holistic manner. Indian doctors should look at traditional medicine with modern perspective and should understand that both can go hand in hand. My interest, while working with CCIM would be to ensure these things.
Q: What about quality education in traditional medicines?
A: More stress should be given to analytical abilities and student should not be tested just on the basis of multiple choice questions.
Q: Why aren’t patients opting for alternative medicine?
A: In order to promote alternative medicine, doctors practicing it should be made more confident and competent. Once this is done, people will certainly opt for it.