(GIST OF YOJANA) AYUSH
- The Ayush system, particularly Ayurveda is often referred to as the ‘Science of Life’. It is deeply rooted in the ancient Indian knowledge system.
- The Ministry of Ayush (MoA) is actively engaged in promoting the Ayush systems of healthcare.
- This has led to increased funding of research institutes and collaborations between Ayush experts and modern scientific researchers.
- The aim of the Ministry of Ayush is to bridge the gap between traditional knowledge and contemporary scientific evidence. This will ensure the integration of Ayush into evidence-based healthcare practices.
R&D initiatives of the Ministry of Ayush:
- MoA has established five Research Councils as Autonomous Institute for research in Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, Siddha, Yoga,and Naturopathy.
- The research activities include medicinal plant research, Drug standardization Pharmacological research, Clinical research,etc.
- MoA collaborates with various research institutes, universities, and international organizations like CSIR, CIMR, etc.
- The Ayush mark was also launched to recognize traditional medicine products to give authenticity to quality Ayush products of the country.
- The Ministry is also working in close coordination with the Bureau of Indian Standards to develop standards for Medical Value Travel.
- So far 17 Indian standards have been formulated for Herbal materials, Panchkarma equipment, and yoga accessories.
- The Ayush research portal has been established for disseminating Evidence-based Research Data of Ayush Systems at the global level.
- The Ministry also organizes training programmes, workshops, and conferences for researchers, clinicians, and stakeholders.
- The National Health Policy (NHP) 2017 has strongly advocated mainstreaming the potential of Ayush within a pluralistic system of Integrative healthcare.
- The WHO-Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM), the first and the only global Centre for traditional medicine is being established in Jamnagar, India.
- It aims to strengthen the scientific foundation of traditional medicine.
- It will provide leadership on global health matters pertaining to traditional medicine and help position Ayush system across the globe.
- One of its major responsibilities is to ensure the quality, safety, efficacy, accessibility, and rational use of traditional medicines.
- It will involve developing norms, standards,and guidelines in various technical areas, as well as tools and methodologies for data collection, analytics, and impact assessment.
Pragmatic Model of Research in Ayush:
Ayush approaches the grey areas of research and tackles healthcare challenges through:
- Exploring Traditional Challenges: The research aims to explore and validate traditional knowledge and tap wisdom accumulated over centuries to find innovative approaches to health and well-being.
- Integration of Modern Scientific Methods: An Interdisciplinary Ayush Research and Development Task Force in collaboration with national organizations of repute to formulate and develop strategies for the management of Covid.
- Addressing Unmet Healthcare needs: It addresses unmet healthcare needs, especially in areas where modern medicines have limitations. For example, Brahmi Ghrita and Jyotishmati Taila in the management of Cognitive Deficit.
- Promoting Lifestyle Modification: Ayush promotes a healthy lifestyle including Yoga, meditation, dietary guidelines, and natural remedies.
- Predictive, Preventive, and Personalized Medicine: Ayush recognizes that health is influenced by multiple factors like physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects. It thus fosters a comprehensive and personalized approach to healthcare.
Ayush and SDGs
- Ayush diligently works towards Good health and Well-being (SDG 3).
- It also works towards Reduced inequalities (SDG 10) through National Ayush Mission (NAM) and integrated health programmes.
- Moreover, with herbal medicines Ayush supports SDG 11 ‘Sustainable Cities and Communuties’.
- It also promotes Partnership for the Goals (SDG 17) as it promotes partnership and exchange of Knowledge and expertise.
- Ayush contributes to a comprehensive and patient-centered approach to healthcare aiming to achieve the goal of ‘Health for All’.