NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said that the Government would work towards enhancing Ayurveda’s global acceptance as an evidence-based medicine.
“For the first time since 1947, the government’s health policy is going to lay primary emphasis on Ayurveda Siddhanta. This is in tune with the times, as WHO has given considerable importance to Ayurveda in its activities related to traditional medicine,” he said.
After laying the foundation stone of a Global Museum of Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine at yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogapeeth in Haridwar, the Health Minister stated that every AIIMS centre will have an indigenous medicine department of which Ayurveda will be a key component.
“Now every AIIMS 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,” Dr Vardhan said.
The Health Minister also said that the government has set up a committee of Directors to recommend a blueprint for the operationalisation of a yoga training and therapy centre at AIIMS Rishikesh. “The old, allopathy orientation of AIIMS is out of sync with the contemporary trend of integrating indigenous and Western forms of cure,” the minister said.