Dr Zia-Ul-Rehman Najeeb, Dr Ayesha Wahid,Dr Rida Arif
Aim of Study: To acknowledge the attitude of doctors towards AYUSH Therapy and awareness of this therapy for Diabetes Mellitus treatment Method: It is a qualitative study. It is done in Mumbai, India. In this study 77 physicians are surveyed for their attitudes towards AYUSH Therapy. Results: About 68% of the doctors were aware of Ayurveda Therapy and 53% were aware of Homeopathic treatment. 35% of them know Unani and 31 were aware of Siddha method. Approximately 98% doctors believed in the magical effect of Allopathic medicines. About 60% of the physicians consider that the Ayurveda can be effective for diabetes. 70% of them do not recommend Ayurveda treatment along with allopathic therapy. More than half of the doctors believed in the effectiveness of Ayurveda treatment and less than half did not believe in its effectiveness for DM. The lack of evidence and trails are the barriers towards the utilization of AYUSH therapy for DM. Conclusion Most of the physicians are aware of Ayurveda and Homeopathic systems. Most of them believe in the ineffectiveness of AYUSH therapy. To sum up, the lack of evidence is the basic reason of AYUSH Therapy prevention for DM. The good research should be conducted on the safety and efficacy of therapy so that the physicians feel free to use this approach for treatment of DM.