India Promotes US$100b Ayurvedic Medicine Industry

NEW DELHI: India’s new government has launched a drive to promote the country’s ancient therapies as it seeks to cash in on the multi-billion dollar global market for holistic medicine.

India claims to have natural remedies for everything from cancer to the common cold, but ministers say it has failed to capitalise on its traditions as the world has woken up to alternative medicine.

Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a teetotal vegetarian who practices yoga daily, has said he wants the world to make Ayurveda “a way of life”—and in doing so expand India’s share of the growing global market for holistic medicine.

Earlier this month he appointed India’s first minister for Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy—known as the AAYUSH ministry—and has also called for an international yoga day.

“Call it whatever—Ayurvedic medicines or herbal medicines or traditional medicines—the global market is estimated at about US$100 billion (RM3 trillion) today,

Read more: http://www.malaysiandigest.com/world/528203-india-promotes-us-100b-ayurvedic-medicine-industry.html

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/11/india-health-yoga-ministry-idINKCN0IV13J20141111

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/features/article/india-promotes-us100b-ayurvedic-medicine-industry
Comment: Great …one up for India!

 

Phone use may lead to brain cancer

November 15, 2014

The longer someone talks over the phone – in terms of hours and years – the more likely is he/she to develop glioma, a deadly form of brain cancer, says a new study.

Brain tumour rates were three times more among people, who spoke on cell or cordless phones after more than 25 years than those who did not use them, the findings showed.

“The risk is three times higher after 25 years of use. We can see this clearly,” Lennart Hardell, lead researcher and oncologist from University Hospital in Orebro in Sweden was quoted by Daily Mail as saying.

Swedes who talked on cell phones for over 25 years had three times the risk of one type of brain cancer, compared with people who used those phones for under a year.

Read more: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/2014/11/15/phone-use-may-lead-to-brain-cancer/