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Ramdev’s Patanjali does a ‘first’, its Sanskrit paper makes it to international journal

Swiss-based MDPI publishes video abstracts of Patanjali’s research paper in Sanskrit, on a medicinal herb, in push for ‘diversity and sustainability’.

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New Delhi: In a first, international science journal MDPI has published a research paper in the Sanskrit language. Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s FMCG firm Patanjali Ayurveda had submitted the paper.

Switzerland’s Basel-based MDPI, which prints 219 scientific journal titles, published a paper in Sanskrit for the first time. Biomolecules, one of the peer-reviewed journals under MDPI, has carried video abstracts of the paper on a medicinal herb, but with English subtitles.

“This is the first step towards the acceptance of ‘Sanskrit language’ in the field of research among the international community. This represents Patanjali’s commitment towards being ‘swadeshi’,” Patanjali Ayurveda CEO Acharya Balkrishna told ThePrint.

Balkrishna is the lead researcher for the paper.

“The esteemed journal has published content in the Sanskrit language for the first time ever. It reiterates our promise of promoting Indian culture and for us, it is even bigger than achieving a Rs 1,000 crore of turnover,” he said.

MDPI publishing director Martyn Rittman confirmed this. “I am not aware of any previous videos we have published in Sanskrit, it is very likely that this is the first such case for MDPI,” Rittman said in an emailed response to ThePrint.

“Diversity and sustainability are very important to us, so we are very pleased to have published a video abstract in Sanskrit,” he added.

Used since nearly 1500 BCE, Sanskrit is a primary liturgical language of Hinduism.

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Paper says ‘ashwagandha’ cures skin disorder

The Patanjali research paper, published on 25 January in a special issue of the journal titled ‘Pharmacology of Medicinal Plants’, is on medicinal herb ‘Withania somnifera’, commonly known as ‘ashwagandha’.

“W. somnifera (WS), the Indian medicinal wonder plant, has been used since time immemorial,” the paper authored by Balkrishna and seven other researchers says.

All researchers work at the drug discovery and development division of Patanjali Research Institute, according to information in the paper.

The study proves that the WS seeds help in reducing psoriasis — a chronic autoimmune condition that causes the rapid buildup of skin cells causing scaling and redness on the skin’s surface.

“With the combination of both skin repair and anti-inflammatory properties, herbally-sourced WS seed fatty acids display strong anti-psoriatic potential,” the paper claims.

The study also acknowledges Patanjali Ayurveda founder Ramdev’s financial contribution. “We are humbly grateful to Param Shradhey Swami Ramdev ji for his financial and institutional support to accomplish this research work.”

Patanjali will use findings for cosmetics and skin products

After finding that oils extracted from WS seeds could be used as a natural remedial alternative or complementary treatment for psoriasis-like skin inflammation, Patanjali Ayurveda is now ready with a business plan.

“We will definitely monetise the findings. We will be using the findings to launch our own products under the cosmetics and medicine category,” Acharya told ThePrint.

“However, the research is open access and we haven’t applied for any patent. We welcome other players to use the findings for their product development as well.”

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  1. Who the hell reviewed this paper?

    The authors wrote: “The authors declare no conflict of interest.”

    The billionaire CEO Balakrishna who has no research training and knows no science, putting his name as the lead author of a paper for a study he did not design, when his personally owned company already makes money from the herb being promoted, is about as large a conflict of interest as it can get.

    Such a lie is enough to get any paper retracted.

    What am I missing here? Am I confusing him with some other Balakrishna?

  2. Till this date, We Indians rely on the Timelines of our Civilization decided by Westerns.( Just 3000 years old but about China, Persia, Mayan – 7k 6k 5k )
    It shows our Inability, Inertia, Stupidity, Lack of Research & Scientific Attitude.

    With the use of modern Tech. & Science, we can definitely do Justice to our most Cherished Civilization.
    Ther are many Geological, Climatological & Astronomical events recorded in our Scriptures. ( Eg. Heavy Snowfall in Nashik MH, Four Tusked Elephant, Saraswati River, Climate, Submerging Dwaraka etc. )

    But now, more & more Enthusiastic Researchers coming out with Fabulous findings.

    Eg. – Nilesh Oak – gave Most Revolutionary Timelines :
    ऋग्वेद : atleast 20k रामायण: 14k महाभारत: 7k based on Astronomy, Oceanography, Seismology, Climatology & many more.

    • That’s not a revolutionary timeline. That is a trash timeline.
      That is what happens when “enthusiastic” people, instead of scientific people, act smart. They sound like idiots.

      5000 years ago, there was only Indus Valley Civilization. Not a single mention of Sanskrit, Vedas or Hindu epics from these periods. None of the deities found are Hindu deities – it was a different religion. We already have the full archaeology for that.

  3. I would like Acharya Balkrishna gets a patent for use of Ashwagandha in treating psoriasis.It is very important.
    Let no foreign company make use of it.

  4. Actually, I owe an apology for not reading the article carefully. What becomes clear is that the VIDEO ABSTRACT explaining the article’s finding is in Sanskrit, not the article itself which is in English. Is any purpose served by having the video abstract in Sanskrit? None that I can think of other than a cheap publicity stunt. I have to say it worked — look at the title of this article!

  5. Clicking the link to the paper leads one to the paper written in ENGLISH, as might be expected. Do you guys even read what you write? Do you just take the press handouts without doing any fact checking? While one can write a research article in any language — you can even use Klingon or Esperanto, if you want — most international journals of any standing are published in English. And also, what is so great about an article written in Sanskrit? Just the mere fact that it is written in Sanskrit? Does the paper lose its quality by being written in any other language?

    I have no way of proving this but my strong suspicion is that this paper was written in English and translated into Sanskrit (who is going to check if the translation is accurate?) as a stunt. It is a pity that we Indians (Hindus, more accurately) are so short of self-esteem that we fall for such idiotic scams.

  6. Suggest ,Instead of making it free for others …patent it and sale right at fixed small % (with term shall increase if seamed necessary) and use that money for Infinity foundation.

  7. Lung disease information about infections,whether lung is curable,only 29% lung is working,71 % will work again or not?

  8. A general impression is that samskritham is a liturgical language
    If so English is too
    It is full.of bible references
    So is it liturgical,?

  9. Ashwagandha is known for its medicinal property. Good somebody did research. So thanks to researchers.

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