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Ayurveda a way of life: PM

 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Ayurveda a new way of living a healthy life. Addressing the 6th World Ayurveda Congress (WAC) and Arogya Expo, held recently in the capital city, the PM emphasized upon the fact that Ayurveda could be a universal phenomenon if it were presented in the right manner and the spirit.

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The event was organised with the main goal of integrating Ayurveda with the mainstream public health system and also propagating it universally as a safe and cost-efficient health care option.

The event was organized by the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) department under the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, in collaboration with the World Ayurveda Foundation (WAF) and the Delhi government.
He further added, “The biggest obstacle for promoting Ayurveda is finding physicians, who are completely committed to Ayurveda. Unless practitioners believe in it fully they will not be able to influence and convince the patients.” There are times when doctors may prescribe allopathic medicines initially and then switch to Ayurvedic cures. Such ‘cross pathy’ is legally not to be practiced by any doctor.

He also explained that Ayurveda and Allopathy should not be considered as competing streams of medical science as the former is to do with prevention while the latter only deals with cures. A disease can be cured by Allopathy, but if a person adopts Ayurveda, he can safeguard himself against various infections and lifestyle diseases for life.

A per PM’s recommendation, “Space has to be created in an international medical and science publications, so as to articles related to Ayurveda and its magical effects are highlighted well. But some effort needs to be made by the Ayurvedic practitioners and researchers of Ayurveda too when it comes to creating awareness.”

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