IIT Delhi
Source: The Print

Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Delhi has taken an initiative to help All India Institute of Ayurveda, AIIA to develop tools for treatment and diagnosis. So, people who prefer Ayurvedic treatment can get their hands on a medicated smoke dispenser known as Dhoopan Yantra.

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It will treat chronic wounds and biodegradable dressing like plaster bands. IIT Delhi and AIIA have signed a memorandum of understanding to work on seven projects. These projects will finish within two years. IIT Delhi is focusing on validation aspects of Ayurveda principles.

WHY AYURVEDIC PEOPLE USE MEDICATED SMOKE?

The dhoopan yantra would heal wounds inside the ears, vagina in a user-friendly manner by emitting condensed smoke. Rajagopala S is from AIIA. He said that medicated smoke shows quicker results. That is why people in Ayurveda use that for healing.

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IIT DELHI DESIGNING DEPARTMENT WOULD HELP AIIA

They perform it through pipes, funnels, and earthen pots. However, this method of treatment occupies a lot of space and is not user friendly. The design department of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi would help AIIA in the process. The second collaboration is making biodegradable wound dressing. So, the polymer department of the institution would assist for the same.

AIIA is also working on the detection of cancer. Moreover, it observing the response of Ayurvedic drugs to breast cancer. Rajagopala said that it will provide drugs to IIT and the biotechnology department will assist on lab-based projects.

OTHER PROJECTS OF AIIA AND IIT DELHI

Some of the other projects in which the institution is collaborating with AIIA is studying the effects of six Ayurvedic rasas on gastrointestinal secretions and develop herbal formulations. So, it will reduce the harmful effects of reused cooking oil.

Rajagopala said that many projects are startups. So, they will research further and develop products commercially. Firsly, they will first analyze the results and then take patents.

HOW IS THE TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE BENEFICIAL?

The Director of IIT Delhi said that the amalgamation of traditional knowledge with technology will be beneficial to society because it will offer better healthcare options. Through validation, these medicines would be more widely accepted. The researchers of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi will concentrate on validation aspects.

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