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Patanjali plans to use Assam tea extract in medicines and beauty products

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Patanjali Ayurved Limited, founded by Baba Ramdev, has planned to do advanced research in Assam to extract chemical components from tea leaves and seeds for use in its medications, cosmetics, and wellness products.

The decision

When Patanjali Ayurved Limited’s managing director, Acharya Balkrishna, met Assam Industries Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary in Guwahati on Friday, this was decided.

According to an official statement, the Tocklai Tea Research Institute in Assam, which is the world’s oldest tea research institute, has agreed to collaborate with Patanjali on advanced research to extract several chemical compounds from tea leaves and seeds for use in medicine, cosmetics, and wellness products.

“This will open a new vista of opportunities in the tea sector and revitalize the industry significantly,” said an official statement quoting Patowary.

Patanjali with Assam industries

Patowary was also informed by Balkrishna that Patanjali will collaborate with the Assam Industries and Commerce Department to encourage medicinal plantation in Assam and buy back from farmers for items made in Sonitpur, Assam, and Haridwar.

Because Assam has so many medicinal plants, Patowary believes the partnership with Patanjali will be extremely beneficial to the state.

Recent controversies related to Baba Ramdev

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Baba Ramdev was obliged to retract a comment made in a viral video clip in which he was heard disputing some of the medicines used to treat the coronavirus illness and claiming that “thousands have died from using allopathic treatments for Covid-19.”

Another video clip has gone viral, in which the yoga instructor appears to be referring to the deaths of doctors as a result of Covid-19 and the ineffectiveness of Covid treatment regimens.

On June 1, doctors across the country observed a Black Day in protest of Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s remarks about allopathy and contemporary medicine.

Several hospitals around the country organized protests with posters calling for the arrest of Patanjali Ayurved’s founder. Medical organizations have also demanded that he issue an “unconditional open public apology” for his views.

The Federation of Resident Doctors Associations (FORDA) issued a call for protest on May 29 and stated that healthcare services would not be delayed as a result of the uproar. While on duty, some doctors expressed their dissatisfaction by writing notes on their PPE kits.

“Our protest began this morning against the remarks made by Ramdev, who is not qualified to even speak on the discipline of allopathy. It had affected the morale of doctors, who are fighting day in and day out in the pandemic. We demand an unconditional public apology from him or action against him under the Epidemic Diseases Act,” a senior FORDA official said.

Speaking about the issue, Dr. Amandeep Singh, the president of the AIIMS RDA said, “All doctors are hurt by his repeated statements against modern medicine and against those Covid warriors who have lost their lives treating patients. Every day he is tweeting against the treatment policy, the vaccine strategy but no action is being taken. I don’t know why the government is not acting.”

Patanjali: The father of yoga

Patanjali was an Indian sage who is thought to have written several Sanskrit writings, the most famous of which is the Yoga Sutras, a canonical yoga treatise dated from 200 BCE to 200 CE.

Though there had long been references to yoga in Hindu literature, it was thought that they were too diverse and difficult for the general population, so Patanjali produced the Yoga Sutras as a manner of combining previous teachings into a framework that was easier to follow and understand.

The Yoga Sutras are the most widely cited text on yoga today, earning Patanjali the title of “Father of Yoga” in the eyes of many.

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