Day 2 :
Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Keynote: A survey to determine the perceptions of nurses in the eThekwini region, SA towards homeopathy
Time : 9.00-9.45
A survey method was employed to investigate the perception of nurses in the eThekwini towards homeopathy.The aim of this study was to answer the following questions: What does the nursing community ineThekwini know of homeopathy? Does homeopathy have a role to play in a hospital setting in South Africa?The study population was all nurses with 5 years of experience or more working in hospitals in eThekwini region. The sample was drawn from 6 public and 5 private hospitals and included staff and professional nurses.
A total of 330 questionnaires were distributed and a total of 93 nurses (46.5%) responded from the public sector and 107 nurses (53.5%) from the private sector. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics, frequency tables and bar charts. The Pearson’s Chi Square Tests was used on selected data. The majority of respondents (70.06%) perceived that homeopathy does have a role to play in a hospital setting. This indicates that many
respondents believe that integrated medicine is needed in a hospital setting in SA. The study reveals that the respondents had a positive view of homeopathy in general and were open to learning more about it and to cooperate with homeopaths. The finding that the knowledge of homeopathy is low can be addressed through publicity and education program.
Muniyal Institute of Ayurveda Medical Sciences, India
Keynote: Hepatoprotective activity of Herbadict tablet: An ayurvedic herb mineral product on alcoholinduced mortality and liver lesions in mice
Time : 9.00-9.45
Badekila Sathyanarayana has completed his graduation in Ayurveda with BAMS degree and Post-graduation MD in Ayurveda Pharmaceutics from IPGT and RA, Jamnagar, Gujarat Ayurved University. He has published more than 30 research papers in national and international journals. He is a Reviewer for three international journals and is currently working as Principal, Medical Superintendent and Director, Research and Development at Muniyal Institute of Ayurveda Medical Sciences, Manipal.
The main objective is to study the possible protective effects of Herbadict tablet, a polyherbal ayurvedic product against alcohol-induced mortality and liver lesions in mice. Healthy female Swiss albino mice were divided into six groups containing 8 animals each. Herbadict tablet was suspended in 0.5% Carboxy Methyl Cellulose (CMC) and administered at two doses i.e., 30 mg/kg and 100 mg/kg body weight. Vehicle control, positive control and reference control (Silymarin) were used for comparison. Alcoholic intoxication was induced using ethanol. Treatment with Herbadict significantly (p<0.01) decreased SGOT, SGPT and -GT at 100 mg/kg when compared to the vehicle treated alcohol intoxicated group. A dose dependent significant decrease in total bilirubin was observed at 30 and 100 mg/kg of Herbadict when compared to vehicle treated alcohol intoxicated group. Treatment with Herbadict at 30 and 100 mg/kg p.o. showed hepatoprotective effect against alcohol induced damage in mice model.