Ludhiana, 11th Jan, 2012 : The 2nd International Yoga Conference on Yoga for Health organised by the Patanjali Research Foundation in Haridwar. Amongst a galaxy of International speakers from USA (Brigham’s Hospital, Boston), UK, Europe (Portugal and Germany) , China and Australia – an Indian surgeon made India proud by delivering one of the most appreciated key note lectures . Dr Harinder Singh Bedi – Head of Cardio Vascular & Thoracic Surgery at the prestigious Christian Medical College & Hospital in Ludhiana , Punjab delivered his oration on ‘Yoga and Heart – Improving Cardiac Surgery Outcomes with Yoga – the Science and the Art “ . Dr Bedi is a pioneer of beating heart bypass surgery having published the first series of his technique in 2000 with publications in the major medical journals and presentations all over the world. Dr Bedi said that beating heart surgery has made bypass a very safe and consistent procedure. However lung complications continue to slow the recovery in patients all over the world . With a view to reducing these Dr Bedi started using pranayam techniques in his patients before and after major heart surgeries . The results were dramatic and significantly much better as patients could be removed from artificial ventilation much earlier and spent lesser time in the ICU and hospital . The morbidity was considerably improved over patients who did not undergo yoga therapy and was much better than the best International standards. The address was received very well and Dr Bedi got a standing ovation by the International audience . Swami Ramdev was all praise for the excellent scientific study conducted at CMC and congratulated Dr Bedi on the excellent results in his patients . The telecast was live and beamed to all countries in the world .
Dr Bediis one of the few heart surgeons who has understood the importance of using traditional Indian yogic systems to improve the outcomes in heart disease patients . He has documented the effects of yoga on the heart and lungs and presented his findings at various super-specialist meetings and conferences all over the world . Initially sceptical surgeons have been amazed by the results and have started using the beneficial effects in their patients too. Dr Bedi explained that after major heart surgeries the lungs do not function well and the patients are not able to cough out secretions resulting in low oxygen levels and pneumonia . With the addition of simple yogic techniques by a full time yoga teacher – Mr Nirmal Singh – under medical supervision – patients are able to breathe well very soon leading to reduced infection rates and quicker recovery .
Dr Abraham G Thomas – Director of Christian Medical College & Hospital – said that the CMC & H is one of the very few Institutes in the world which has encouraged the addition of yoga therapy to improve the well being of their patients . With a strong research oriented and patient centred compassionate approach to disease treatment and prevention the CMC was committed to bring the best medical care to the people of this region.