AYUSH System stands for Ayurveda, Yoga & naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy system. These are medical systems followed in India from time immemorial. Do you know the important concepts behind these systems? They function on the basis of definite medical philosophies. They represent the healthy lifestyle with concepts that can prevent diseases. These systems are popular for their holistic approach in towards, diseases, health, and treatment.
Yoga and Ayurveda gaining Familiarity:
Now, many countries follow Yoga Day in a grand manner every year. The reason for this is that many countries have started seeing yoga as the icon of global health. Many countries have started implanting yoga as an integral of their health care system. With AYUSH system’s popularity, there is a great curiosity among people to understand the practice of Ayurveda too.
Ministry of AYUSH in India:
In India, there is a separate ministry called Ministry of AYUSH. This is a government body responsible for developing education and research in these alternative medicines. The Department of AYUSH came into existence in the year 1995. Earlier, the name of the department was Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy. The current name was given in March 2003. Earlier, the department was functioning under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Now, from the year 2014, Ministry of AYUSH is functioning by elevating the Department of AYUSH.
To promote AYUSH System, the central government in its election manifesto promised motivation of public investments. As a move towards the same, the government introduced an integrated course. The purpose of this course is to bridge the gap between Indian system and modern system of medicines. A Sanskrit term with the meaning ‘life’ is mother of the term ‘AYUSH’.
Bodies under AYUSH System:
As AYUSH system is functioning as a ministry in India, many research councils, National Institutions, and professional councils are functioning under the ministry as listed below:
- Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory
- Pharmacopoeial Laboratory for Indian Medicine
- Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy Medicine
- Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy Medicine
- Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine
- Central Council for Research in Siddha Medicine
- Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Medicine Science
The formation of the Ministry of AYUSH was to ensure the optimal development and propagation of AYUSH Systems of health.