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Spring Research Seminar 2021

"New Approaches in building evidence base for Integrative Traditional Medicine"

Saturday, May 1, 2021

12:00 Noon-3:00 PM (BST)

Aarogyam (UK) is UK based multidisciplinary community based organization established to foster the development and dissemination of new knowledge regarding whole person healing and whole systems healthcare, including all traditional, holistic, alternative, complementary and integrative forms of medicine. It provides a platform for knowledge and information exchange of research to enhance international communication and collaboration. 

To foster communication and build collegial relations among researchers and practitioners interested in Integrative Traditional Medicine research on a worldwide basis, our first research seminar will be focusing on New Approaches in building evidence base. We are honoured to have Professor Dr Abhimanyu Kumar, to Chair the Seminar and build future directions for early career researcher, practitioners and lead investigators in health and social care. 


Chair of the Seminar

Prof. Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar, Vice Chancellor of Jodhpur Ayurveda University and former  Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. Ayurveda expert and Former Head Department of Bal Roga, National Institute of Ayurveda, Ex Visiting Professor, Department of Neurology, Scott & White Hospital, school of medicine, A & M University Texas USA. He is been Invited Speaker at Embassy of India, Berlin (Germany), Hungary, China, Brazil and has been an academic expert for Curriculum designing PG diploma course in Ayurveda, University of Debrecen, Hungary. Prof Kumar is also Founder National President of Indian Association of Ayurvedic Pediatrics and member of Scientific Advisory Board of International Network for Development and Research in Ayurveda.

Prof. Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar is involved in academic, clinical and research activities for last 30 years in various capacities at national and international level. MD in Ayurvedic Pediatrics, PhD and MSc in applied Psychology and Diploma in Yoga. He has authored five books and published 145 research papers in various journals. Served as Director General of Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, New Delhi, Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India. Nominated as National Coordinator for Clinical Documentation in National Institutes under AYUSH. He also Serves as member of Steering Committee constituted by the Planning Commission 11th five Year Plan & 12th FYP, AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family welfare, Govt. of India.

Dr Kumar is founder and Lead partner in UK India Initiative of Ayurveda research established in May 2020 specially focusing on COVID-19. He led and authored first clinical trial on asymptomatic COVID-19 management with Ayurveda, which was published and has been included in WHO COVID-19 Database. He is also supporting UK based trials and educational program to be executed in the UK on Yoga and Ayurveda. 

Spring Seminar Program outline 

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Suzy Bolt, 360 Mind Body Soul, UK


Impact of group Yoga-program on social media for managing Persistent symptoms after a SARS-CoV-2 infection



There is anecdotal evidence that patients with COVID-19 may complain about persistent symptoms, even weeks after the infection. This suggests that symptoms during the infection may not resolve spontaneously. Online yoga and physiotherapy support group was set up on social media. The objective of this study was to assess impact of yoga intervention on post-covid syndrome. A total of 109 members of Facebook groups for coronavirus patients with persistent complaints in UK, and from a panel of people who registered on a website of the Aarogyam UK, were assessed for demographics, pre-existing comorbidities, change in health status and benefits of yoga managing symptoms. A total of 68% of the patients who received people practicing yoga rated themselves as “much improved” or “very much improved”. Significantly more patients receiving regular yoga sessions, had steadily improved. Few patients crossed the threshold for “normal” fatigue, despite achieving a good outcome on other measures. Yoga therapy was positively evaluated and was still used by over 80% of the participants. In previously hospitalised and non-hospitalised patients with confirmed COVID-19, multiple symptoms are managed significantly with yoga based therapy. This suggests the self management  of a “post-COVID-19 syndrome” and highlights the needs in a subgroup of patients recovered from COVID-19 infection.

About the Speaker: 

Suzy Bolt is a Yoga teacher (Iyengar trained) NLP coach and a leadership trainer/facilitator in the Higher Education sector.  She developed Covid in March 2020 becoming progressively more and more unwell until she was sent into hospital on May 27th.  After clear test results she knew that recovery was in her own hands.  Since June, she has devoted much of her time exploring how to use Yoga, meditation and breath work to help her own recovery and now also helps thousands of others around the world with live classes and a busy face book support group.




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Usha Solanki, Aarogyam (UK) CIC


 Efficacy of Yoga Based Self-Management Program for Chronic Pain: Community Based Clinical Efficacy Study



OBJECTIVE.  to evaluate the effect of an online yoga-based Integrative Pain Management Program for people living with chronic pain on pain severity, pain related disability health related quality of life (QOL), self-efficacy and physical activity. 

METHOD. Study was a retrospective analysis of community based ‘Aarogyam Health and Well-being Project’. Forty-nine patients self-refereed from communities having chronic musculoskeletal pain were selected for personalised 6-weeks therapy program. Clinical outcomes were collected through Brief Pain Inventory, 36- Short-Form Survey, the Pain Self-Efficacy Questionnaire and Frändin-Grimby scale. We analyzed scores using paired-samples t tests. 

RESULTS. The tele-intervention was feasible with high adherence on self-practice at home. Significant changes were observed all the domains of quality-of-life measure. Community based intervention had positive effect on self-efficacy of pain management along with reduction in pain severity and disability. 

CONCLUSION. Yoga based Integrative pain management program can improve patient physical activity, self-efficacy, and quality of life. 

About the speaker: 

Usha Solanki is widely recognised for her expertise in community health promotion and her sector leadership as demonstrated by her twenty-year contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of people in local community. Usha Solanki is founder and Director of Aarogyam (UK), leads a broad agenda spanning sport and physical activity, healthy eating, mental wellbeing, family support groups and community discussion groups. She has been working with children with special needs and supporting their families with her multi-disciplinary experience and expertise for more than a decade.Passionate about promoting health and wellbeing, Usha’s achievements have influenced practice across health, sport, education and community settings within Aarogyam (UK) and internationally.  She has a strong background in Yoga, Vedas, Holistic Health and organisational leadership.


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Dr Sabira Kanani, New Life Herbals, UK

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Ayurveda Self-Management for Flu like Symptoms in People Self-Isolated for 7 Days During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak


From the end of January 2020, Coronavirus disease 2019 began to spread in UK. During the same time, seasonal flu continued to circulate across the UK. With similar course of management at early stages, flu like symptoms was self-isolated to prevent the spread and further complications of infection. Present study aimed to evaluate the effect of self-managed Ayurveda on flu like symptoms in people who self-isolated at home for 7-days in March 2020 to May 2020 during the Covid-19 outbreak in UK. Methods: Participants, who self-isolated at home for 7 days completed self-reported symptoms scale at the beginning of treatment, 3rd day and 7th day of Ayurveda. In an open label, non-randomised, single arm study, participants aged between 18 to 60 years, having flu-like symptoms with in 36h, were included. All participants with symptoms were asked to self-isolate for 7-days. Body temperature, self-reported symptoms severity was assessed before starting Ayurveda, at 3 days and at 7-days.
Reduction in fever and severity of symptoms from baseline to day 3 were more pronounced with Ayurveda resulting in a significant within group difference (p < 0.001). Reduction in symptoms continued to day 7. Total recovery was reported at day 7 was 44.4%. There were no adverse effects noticed.


About the speaker 

Dr Sabira Kanani is experiences Ayurveda physicians extensively worked in India, Dubai and in the UK. She has led several national community program on Dementia, Diabetes, Stroke and Heart condition.  On the other hand, leading international collaborative campaign on preventive infectious diseases, supporting mental health and community care. She also have led the development and expansion of a wide range of collaborative, community-engaged disease prevention and health promotion activities. She actively supports Coping With Cancer-, Aging Together- Leicester, Highfield Community Center- and  Shia Imami Ismaili Community Center. 

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Dr Sahil Singhal, NMP Medical Research Institute, India


Effect of Raag Chikitsa on Anxiety, depression and Mood in older adults during COVID-19 Lockdown



To test whether group Raag therapy is effective for improving depression, anxiety, and mood in older psychiatric patients,  thirty two patients were non-randomly allocated to either a Raag group or a routine care group. The Raag group received 30 minutes of Raag intervention for 16 sessions (2 times weekly) online. The outcomes were measured with Hospital Anxiety depression scale, and the Mood Scale. After 16 sessions, the Raag intervention group showed significant improvements in depression, anxiety, and mood compared with the control group.These findings suggest that Raag Therapy can improve depression, anxiety, and mood in older psychiatric patients. Group Raag therapy seems to be effective in improving anxiety, depression, and mood and was shown to be most beneficial for older psychiatric patients during lockdowns. 

About the speaker 

Dr Singhal is multi-speacility holistic health practitioner with special interest and expertise lie in the field of chronic illness and functional disorders. Functional disorders are health problems that may cause considerable distress or discomfort but have no pathology that doctors can identify. A common example is Post COVID syndrome. Experience in over 15 years in clinical practice and research, he has led many international collaborative projects in India. . His specialist areas of study are cancer support (working in conjunction with conventional treatment), fatigue conditions, persistent weight problems,  stress related disorders and all types of mental health issues.

He is lead Investigator in NMP Medical Research Institute, India and visiting experts and advisor on Global partnership network, Aarogyam (UK). 

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Dr Skanthesh Lakshmanan, India


Potential of Ayurveda for Post-exposure Prophylaxis of COVID-19 –A Preliminary Report of a Retrospective Cohort Study



The efficient transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome-2 coronavirus (SARS- CoV-2) has been a worrisome and prominent feature of the ongoing outbreak. On the basis of clinical guidelines and in-vitro studies, we postulated that post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) using Ayurveda supplements is associated with decreased infection among individuals exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection. We conducted a retrospective cohort study on participants who were exposed to patients confirmed to have SARS-CoV-2 infection by real-time RT-PCR and chest computed tomography (CT) from March 30 to April 15, 2020. The emergence of fever and/or respiratory symptoms after exposure to the primary case was collected. The correlations between post-exposure prophylaxis and infection in contacts were respectively analyzed. A total of 124 participants had evidence of close exposure to patients with confirmed COVID-19. Our findings suggest Ayurveda could reduce the infection risk of the novel coronavirus in community settings. This treatment should be the subject of further investigation.

About the speaker

Dr Lakshmanan is the chief physicians and has led a multidisciplinary program of research designed to improve the quality of care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations, and reduce healthcare costs for vulnerable, community-based participants in India. One of the team member at project "revival" which extensively documents and validates oncology cases, member at AYUSH PHI interdisciplinary project which focuses on managing paediatric upper respiratory tract infection and Associated with palliative care initiatives. His specific interest lies in Making paradigm shift in Ayurveda evidence methodologies that has base on Ayurveda epistemology, philosophy of science and epistemology and It's Ayurveda perspective, discourse pertaining with Ayurveda knowledge based inclusive world view that can Address challenges of current era ranging from human health to planetary existence.


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Dr Abijith Venu, Anglia Ruskin University (UK)

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Marma therapy in chronic migraine prophylaxis: A randomized wait-list clinical trial



Background: The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of Marma Chikitsa compared with wait-list control in chronic migraine (CM) prophylaxis.  A total of 58 consecutive and prospective CM patients were randomly divided into two treatment arms: 1) Marma Chikitsa administered in 24 sessions over 12 weeks and 2) wait-list control group continued usual care for the same time. A significantly larger decrease in the mean monthly number of moderate/severe headache days (primary end point) fwas observed in the Marma group compared with waitlist control group (p < .001) Significant differences were also observed for all secondary efficacy variables. These significant differences still existed when we focused on those patients who were overusing acute medication. first clinical trial to evaluate efficacy of Parma chikitsa for CM patients willing to undergo this prophylactic treatment, even for those patients with medication overuse.

About the speaker


Dr Venu has been Chief physician at Oushadhi (India), founder of athreyaherbs. In this capacity, he provides oversight, direction, and coordination of activities pertaining to a range of emerging public health issues; the continuum of traditional medicine research—including clinical science and health services research; and issues requiring expert medical analysis and advice, particularly those concerning formulation, and presentation of public health issues affecting the program. Dr. Venu is in the final stages of completing master in public health from UK. He also serves on Community Advisory Board supporting community based participatory research at Aarogyam (UK). 

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Dr Sadhana Sharma, Gyansanjeevani, India 


Vedic Psychotherapy for survivors of domestic violence: feasibility Trial 

Domestic violence is a major public health problem due to the long-term health consequences for women who have experienced it and for their children who witness it. To determine the effectiveness of an Vedic Psychotherapy Intervention  to improve physical and mental health of survivors. This was a feasibility study, using intervention pre-test/post-test qualitative and quantitative data. Significant reductions in PTSD, and improved quality of life, social support and self efficacy was reported post-intervention. Culturally sensitive and relevant mental health interventions can be feasible. 

About the speaker

Dr Sadhana Sharma is Chief Medical Officer of Gyansanjeevani, an independent not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the India and overseas. She is a prominent authority on improving health-care systems, whose expertise has been recognized by her authorships. DR Sharma advises healthcare leaders around the world, is a frequent speaker at major healthcare conferences on quality improvement, and is a tireless advocate for change. She is also an Instructor of Evidence Based Medicine   and a Research Advisor in the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at Women’s Hospital, India. 

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Dr Venkata Joshi, Ayurvedic Medical Association (UK)

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Assessment of Ayurveda therapeutic interventions for skin conditions: a long‐term retrospective analysis



To assess the relative efficacy of commonly used Ayurveda therapies for common skin conditions over 5 and 10 year time periods. Cases identified from the medical record database of a privately owned practice in the UK were analysed with conditions and their treatment patterns.  This study revealed that Ayurveda based treatment can be a useful part of multimodal therapy for common skin condition in the UK. The results also demonstrated that a significant number of participants benefited from dietary modification and supportive supplements. 

About the speaker

Dr. Venkata Narayana Jyoshi has been practicing and teaching Ayurveda since 1988 both in the UK and previously in India and Sri Lanka. He had been senior lecturer at Middlesex University London and The College of Ayurveda (milton Keynes). He is professional member of the British Ayurvedic Medical Council (BAMC) and lead in Ayurvedic Medical Addociation (UK).  His unique combination of Ayurveda and clinical experience ties an alternative approach to modern medicine. Dr. Joshi is now devoting time to develop his own clinic (Croydon Ayurveda Centre).

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Dr Gayatri Kulkarni, Gagaherbals, India 

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Improving the quality of hair fall treatment with Keshayurved software



The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of software based Ayurvedic management on hair growth in adult population with self-perceived efficacy and acceptability  Preliminary results of this study will be presented from 108 centres where Keshayurved successfully managed 25k patients for over 5 years. Significantly more treated subjects perceived improvements in overall hair volume, scalp coverage, and thickness of hair within 90 days. Additional improvement after 180 days included hair shine and skin moisture.  No adverse events were reported. As this is an exploratory study, further studies are necessary to better understand the clinical efficacy. 

About the speaker

Dr Gayatri Kulkarni is Director At Ayurspa and Gaga herbals and cosmetics which runs successfully 108 centres in India and Netherlands. She had been honoured with Keshayurved Gaurav and Keshayurved Bhushan Award for dedication for Ayurved field at London sonf Indo Dutch Award at Embassy Hall. Dr Kulkarni is closely associated with social and welfare project and has been acknowledged for Social Work working for Tribal, disadvantaged and indigenous communities. 

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