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Course on yoga and herbal medicine soon

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To be started in distance education mode


TN Physical Education and Sports University to start course after consulting Syndicate


THANJAVUR: The Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University will take steps to start a combined course on varma, yoga and herbal medicine soon through distance education mode, said K. Vaithianathan, Vice Chancellor of the University, here recently.

Inaugurating the ninth state-level conference on traditional Varma, Yoga and Medicinal herbs at Agathiyar Herbal Physiotherapy Centre located at Pillaiyarpatti village near here, Mr. Vaithianathan said that the course will be introduced after consulting with the Syndicate and University senate members.

An exhibition displaying 300 types of medicinal herbs was organised on the occasion. Dr.Punniyamurthy, professor and head, Extension Centre of the Tamil Nadu Veterinary University, spoke on how ethnomedicine can cure many cattle diseases. T.Dhakshinamurthy, herbal physiotherapist, said that the conference was organised by the Tamil University, Periyar Maniammai University and the Forest Department.

The aim of the conference was to create awareness on cultivation and preservation of medicinal herbs, and upholding our traditional system of food, medicine, yoga, varma, and ancient culture. ‘Thokkanam', or massage, whose positive effects have been well documented, is one of the oldest forms of therapy known for its capacity to restore mental and physical well being. Having been practiced for thousands of years, it is known to relieve stress, improve energy levels and concentration. Yoga and medicine can be considered as science, Mr. Dakshinamurthy said.

N.Ramachandran, Vice Chancellor, Periyar Maniammai University, spoke on yoga, and the importance of having healthy food habits. About 39 students and parents from Chennai learnt yoga and meditation under the leadership of yoga therapist Sumathi, said a press release issued here on Friday.

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