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AYUSH, Defence ministries ink MoU on traditional medicine

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An MoU has been signed between the AYUSH Ministry and Defence Ministry to provide traditional medicine services at the armed forces’ hospitals and dispensaries.

As per the agreement, Ayurveda units will be established at palliative care centres at the Army Research and Referral Hospital, Air Force Hospital, Hindon in Ghaziabad and five identified ex-service men Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) polyclinics in Delhi –NCR.

On Monday, Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik inaugurated an Ayurveda Palliative Care Unit at the Base Hospital in Delhi Cantonment.

Speaking on this occasion, the Minister said, “Our soldiers work in challenging environmental conditions right from glaciers of Siachin to the deserts of Thar, which takes a toll on their physical as well as mental health.”

He said ayurveda and yoga can help them to attain the best of physical and mental health, and improve their endurance.

Naik said ayurvedic medicines and ‘panchkarma’ procedures such as ‘snehana’ and ‘swedana’ are effective in treating the work related musculoskeletal disorders.

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