Conference Report

Mainstreaming AYUSH with Modern Healthcare

The 7th edition of HLF witnessed experts discussing ways for ‘Mainstreaming AYUSH with Modern Healthcare’ in order to help India deliver healthcare to the last mile.

Dr Lalit Kumar
Honorary Senior Vice-President,
Sulabh International

“There are about 50 diseases that are caused by lack of sanitation facilities. Now there are reports that stunting of growth is also happening because of lack of sanitation. We have constructed more than 1.5 million toilets and nine thousand toilets with biodigesters, which I think can use AYUSH material.

For mainstreaming of AYUSH, we need to provide small e-booklets or some one-two page literature to help people understand the system. A lot of communities rely on AYUSH, so there has to be some studies done in synergy with other disciplines. The placebo tag attached to the AYUSH has to be removed. We also need to have quality control on AYUSH products.”

Dr D C Katoch
Advisor-Ayurveda, Government of India

“We have more than 7,70,000 registered institutionally qualified AYUSH practitioners in the country. There are 575 AYUSH teaching institutions, out of which 195 are imparting post-graduate education. For every system, we have research council just like ICMR. All these research councils have 85 field units across the country for doing validation studies, clinical studies and for product research, etc. For each system, we have a national post-graduate institution like National Institute of Ayurveda at Jaipur, National Institute of Unani Medicine at Bangalore, National Institute of Yoga in Delhi, National Institute of Naturopathy in Pune and National Institute of Siddha in Chennai. For the Northeastern region, we have Northeastern Institute of Homeopathy in Shillong. Last year, the All India Institute of Ayurveda was opened near the Apollo Hospital in Delhi.

Earlier, the manpower and infrastructure was working on a standalone basis but after National Rural Health Mission and National Health Mission came into effect some sort of integration has started.

Unlike China, where there is functional integration of infrastructure, we have started physical integration. We are also providing AYUSH facilities in Community Health Centres, Primary Health Centres and District Hospitals. More than 60 per cent district hospitals in the country have AYUSH facilities.”

Dr K S Sethi
Advisor-Homeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH

“Homeopathy is more popular in India than its source country Germany. India is a leader in propagating homeopathic education and treatment with more than 300,000 institutionally qualified practitioners across the country. We have more than 200 homeopathic colleges, 43 post-graduate colleges. With co-location, people are getting benefitted and the burden on the infrastructure has been greatly reduced by AYUSH intervention. We have launched projects for non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cancer, strike and cardio-vascular diseases. It is on record that Homeopathy has helped in reduction of 70 per cent mortality.

In the areas of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, leprosy and mental illness homeopathy interventions are very encouraging. Even nerve regeneration has been seen after homeopathic intervention. We are going to start a research project with ICMR and supported financially by AYUSH to study this. The National Institute of Homepathy has been started in Kotayam and we have one more national institute in Kolkata, where OPD witnesses more than 2,000 patients per day.”

Padmapriya Balakrishnan
Deputy Chief Executive Officer,
National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India

“If you see the trend in many African, Asian and Latin American countries, more than 80 per cent of the people depend on traditional medicines, which are locally available. We use medicinal plants in everyday life as food. It is already in mainstream and we have to accept it. As far as medicinal plants are concerned, our country is very rich in it. India is the only country in the world which has got the codified system of traditional medicines. We have the Shahsutra which is used for reference to treat anorectal diseases. When you compare the Shahsutra with allopathic treatment, the former is considered to be more effective. The only challenge for traditional medicine in our country is that it is very complicated. Many medicinal plants involved Emerging trends in our medicinal system have to be harvested at a particular time for efficacy.”

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