Yoga Guru Ramdev, who recently drew flak for his statements regarding allopathic doctors and modern medicine, on Monday shared an old video of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar from 2017. The clip shows the 'Padman' actor vouching for traditional Indian medicine.
In the video, Akshay talks about spending time at an ashram and says in Hindi, "People are unaware that in the form of Ayurveda, God has blessed India with a priceless treasure. But we hardly value it. Instead, we think protein shakes, steroid injections or a massage in a spa will lead us to a healthy lifestyle. What is funny is, those foreigners whose treatments we are adopting are themselves are a big fan of Indian Ayurveda. I don’t know when will we realize the worth of our unique resources. "
The 'Good Newwz' actor then clarifies that he is not against allopathic medicines and treatments. Speaking about the 'scientific logic' behind Ayurvedic treatments, the actor says, "I can bet that there is no illness that our traditional Indian medicine system does not have a cure for."
Akshay also clarifies that he is not making these claims to promote an Ayurveda company.
He says, "For God’s sake, don’t think I am endorsing any Ayurveda brand or treatment centre, instead I am talking as a brand ambassador of my body and I request you all to be the brand ambassador of your body too."
"Live a simple and healthy life, and let us show the world that our Yoga and Ayurveda is more powerful than any foreign chemical injection. Try it out. I guarantee that you will wake up every morning with a smile, just like me," he adds.
The video was posted by the 'Laxmii' actor on February 23, 2017.
Sharing it, Ramdev wrote in Hindi, "Become the brand ambassador of your own body. Live a simple and healthy life, and let us show the world that our Yoga and Ayurveda is more powerful than any foreign chemical injection - Akshay Kumar."
Recently, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take appropriate action under sedition and other charges against Ramdev for allegedly "spearheading a misinformation campaign on COVID vaccination".
The IMA had sent a legal notice to the yoga guru over his alleged statements against allopathy and "defaming" scientific medicine. However, the Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust has denied allegations by the IMA that Ramdev has misled people by making "unlearned" statements against allopathy and defamed scientific medicine.
Ramdev had withdrawn his statements after receiving a strong-worded letter from Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan who called his remarks 'inappropriate'.
"We do not oppose modern medical science and allopathy. We believe that allopathy has shown immense progress in surgery and the lifesaving system and served humanity. My statement has been quoted as part of a WhatsApp message that I was reading during a meeting of volunteers. I am sorry if it has hurt anyone's sentiment," wrote Ramdev in his letter to the Union Health Minister in Hindi.
(With inputs from ANI)