Centre to promote Ayurveda

Centre to promote Ayurveda
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the Centre was committed to the promotion of Ayurveda and traditional systems of medicine and help them match their potential as affordable options for holistic healthcare.

The prime minister was speaking after inaugurating a vision conclave as part of the ongoing Global Ayurveda Congress at Kozhikode.

“The escalating costs of treatment, the side effects of medicines have prompted medical experts to think of widening their horizons to traditional systems of medicine. We are committed to promote the use of traditional medicine in our Public Health System through regulation of research and appropriate integration of quality products, practices and practitioners into the health system,” he said.

Modi cited formation of the Department of Ayush, work on regulatory amendments, control over misleading advertisements and a scheme for voluntary certification of yoga professionals as part of efforts in addressing issues of inadequate scientific scrutiny and concerns on standards.

The prime minister said there was a need to look beyond providing healthcare and view good health as a combination of physical and mental well-being. “We will maximise the utilisation of Ayurveda and Yoga and other traditions of healing in accordance with their genius and acumen and help promotion of integrative medical facilities. Young entrepreneurs who are planning a start-up could find a lot of opportunities in holistic healthcare,” he said.
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