SHILLONG, April 24 - Top Indian doctors are a divided lot when it comes to efficacy of alternative medicine in treating Cancer.
Dr Abhishek Shankar, Cancer specialist from Indian Institute of Medical Sciences dismissed alternative medicines as mere �philosophy.�
�Alternative medicines like Ayurveda, Yoga and others maybe good in post-Cancer care, but so far there are no scientific records of such medicines being able to cure Cancer,� Dr Shankar said on the sidelines of a Conclave on Cancer here.
Differing from Dr Shankar�s opinion, another renowned Cancer specialist, Dr GK Rath from AIIMS stated �alternative medicines cure cancer� and added he personally has knowledge and experience about such cases.
Dr Rath is credited to have helped establish 200 Cancer Institutes in India and is one of the senior most Cancer specialists in the country.
�There are no scientific records to claim alternative medicines can cure Cancer, but that doesn�t mean these medicines don�t cure the disease. I have personal knowledge and experience of such medicine curing the disease,� Dr Rath claimed.
The specialist said the Ministry of AYUSH has recently conducted clinical trials on alternative medicine to study whether these help cure breast Cancer.
�The report of the study would be out soon,� Dr Rath said, adding, clinical trial on alternative medicine to help cure lung cancer would begin next month.