A study by scientists from the Sustainability Solutions Research Lab at the University of Pannonia and funded by the Hungarian government opined that India’s ancient medical system helped fight against diseases like malaria thousands of years ago, reports The Times Of India.
“The malarial parasite in prehistoric India is likely to have been the more benign variant. Nor should we forget that India’s own medical system was able to take up the fight against diseases thousands of years ago, while in other malaria-affected areas of the world, a similarly effective, Ayurveda-like medicine system did not exist,” said Dr Attila J Trájer, lead author of the study published.
The study tried to answer why the ancient humans preferred dry and arid areas. The study included 449 archeological sites, including 94 sites in India, to understand the factors that determined settlement and migration patterns out of Africa.
Malaria-carrying mosquitoes have appeared between 28.4 and 23 million years ago, long before humans have entered South Asia which occurred around 60,000 to 70,000 years ago.
“At this moment, two parasites, Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, caused 40-60 per cent of the malaria cases in India. In the past, before the Neolithic Revolution (about 12,000 years ago), the more benign vivax malaria may have been the dominant form in Indian peninsula. The more severe falciparum may have been absent from the subcontinent,” a lead author of the study said.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.