New unit at Nimhans to blend Ayurveda, yoga with psychiatry

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) recently inaugurated its new unit where doctors will be trained to treat patients in both Indian and Western medicinal systems. The unit will be fully functional from March 2020. Dr Shivaram V, in-charge of the Department of Integrated Medicine, said the patient will be seen by a junior doctor first, who would refer them to a three-doctor team. “Even now, junior doctors across departments record the patient’s basic information and refer them to a senior doctor who treats the patient,” he said. “One of the three doctors would be a psychiatrist and the others would be Ayurvedic and yoga practitioners. We also aim to train the juniors to determine the cases best suited for integrated medicine. This would increase the number of experts in integrated medicine,” Dr Shivaram added. The department will have a 30-bed facility for in-patients. The institute will also set up a Panchakarma treatment centre soon. “We’ll treat both psychiatry and neurology patients,” said Dr Shivaram. “These will include patients who suffer from stroke, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety and other mental illnesses. Admission will be done for those needing serious treatment.”

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