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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 596  

Personnel communications


Date of Web Publication14-May-2012

Correspondence Address:
C K Katiyar

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How to cite this article:
Katiyar C K. Personnel communications. AYU 2011;32:596

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Katiyar C K. Personnel communications. AYU [serial online] 2011 [cited 2023 Jun 5];32:596. Available from: https://www.ayujournal.org/text.asp?2011/32/4/596/96142

Editor′s Remarks: From this issue, we are providing a new platform for authors under the section "Personal Communication". Following are the letters received by CK Katiyar (about his view on ′Ayurpathy′) and communicated to AYU.

Dear Dr. Katiyar,

I am neither trained nor an expert in Ayurveda which is an ancient science and a pride of India. Therefore, I shall refrain from making any drastic comment on your views. I am not sure what would have been my views if I were an Ayurvedic physician.

Nevertheless, I have been enjoying for a long time the privilege of associating myself in various scientific forums with some of the finest experts of this subject and you are one of them. In view of this fact, I may like to submit some of my views which you may find well founded.

After reading your article and with my research and other educational background, I feel inclined to support the second school of "stakeholders" who believe that there is a need for scientific scrutiny and validation of ancient Ayurvedic claims. The reasons put forward by you as to why there is a need for a scientific scrutiny are quite valid for a global acceptance of this system. However, it will be better if we could find a consensus between these two thoughts (hope there is no third front!). As far as the name "Ayurpathy" is concerned, it is quite novel. But if "Veda" is removed, it may lose some of its shine and start afresh as a new science. This much for the beginning, let us have some more debate on it. But still it is a good thinking.


S. K. Maulik

Professor, Department of Pharmacology

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 110029, India Email: [email protected]

Dear Dr. Katiyar,

I wish to congratulate you for your article in which you have systematically and logically dissected issues relating to globalization of Ayurveda by promoting the concept of Ayurpathy. As a pharmacologist/biomedical researcher and a strong proponent of "integration of traditional and modern medicinal concepts," I fully support your views on the subject matter. Concepts like "reverse pharmacology" and "systems biology approach" could play significant roles in this process.

Best regards,

Arunabha Ray

Head, Department of Pharmacology,

Patel Chest Institute, Delhi University, Delhi, India

Email: [email protected]

Dear Dr. Katiyar,

I am happy to know of your efforts to give scientific base to Ayurveda and coin a new form "Ayurpathy." You may call it "Ayurpathy-evidence based Ayurveda."

With best wishes,

S. D. Seth

Advisor, Clinical Trials Registry - India,

National Institute of Medical Statistics,

Indian Council of Medical Research,

Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India

Email: [email protected]

Dear Dr. Katiyar,

Read your article. Interesting! Both Ayurveda and modern physiology recognize that health is achieved through balance and regulation of the internal systems. Ayurveda describes this regulation via the humoral concepts of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, whilst modern medicine determines it through chemical pathways and feedback mechanisms. They both have their place; it is knowing how and when to utilize each particular paradigm that is important. The need of the hour is to use modern technology to explore the relevance of these concepts so that they may be interpreted in the light of contemporary scientific language to offer modern health care. This is the hot discussion that is taking place in many forums today.


Neeraj Tandon

Scientist-F and Head, Medicinal Plants Unit

Indian Council of Medical Research

(Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India)

Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India

E-mail: [email protected]


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