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India's New Health Policy to Place Primacy on Traditional Medicine

on 2014/8/8 2:45:35 ( 1647 reads )


INDIA, August 3, 2014 (Press Information Bureau): "For the first time since 1947, the government's health policy is going to lay primary emphasis on the Ayurveda Siddhanta. This is in tune with the times as World Health Organisation (WHO) has given considerable importance to Ayurveda in its activities related to traditional medicine," Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said at Haridwar, today.

Speaking to reporters after laying the foundation stone of a "Global museum of Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine" at Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Yoga Pitha, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said the government would work towards strengthening Ayurveda's global acceptance as evidence-based medicine.

"Now every AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Science) centre will have an indigenous medicine department of which Ayurveda will be a major component. AIIMS Rishikesh will take the lead in this as steps are underway to have a 100-bed AYUSH Hospital and land for medicinal herb cultivation facility for standardised production of medicines," the Health Minister said.

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