AYUSHIndia is hoping to get WHOs collaborative center to legally recognize traditional medicine. AYUSH which is the acronym for Indian traditional medical practices such as Ayurveda,Yoga, Naturopathy,  Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy in the union health ministry work to propagate the Indian system of medicine.  At present, all the drugs under the Indian systems of medicine are exported either as food supplements or nutritional supplements.

“We want to get legal recognition for drugs under Indian traditional system and WHO plays a very important role in propagation of traditional system of medicine,” Anil Kumar, Secretary (AYUSH), told reporters. Kumar will be meeting WHO officials to finalise a collaborative centre. Recognising the growing popularity of the Indian systems of medicine in other countries, the department has recently also re-defined its strategy for international cooperation.

“It is now increasingly engaging with other countries in a more structured and concrete manner by entering into MoUs for cooperation in traditional medicine as well as for setting up of Academic Chairs in educational institutions,” he said. India has signed MoUs with Malaysia and Trinidad & Tobago while a MoU with Nepal is under consideration. Academic Chairs have been set up in South Africa and are in the process of being set in Germany and Trinidada & Tobago. Chairs will also be set up in Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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Source: IANS

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  • Rayuvijaykumar

    AYUSH Department should first concentrate in the country.No drug which has not been properly clinically tested should be allowed to manufacture.State Licensing authorities after accepting huge money are giving approval of AYUSH Drugs which are meant for even internal use.Number of drugs approved by State Licensing authorities contain excipients of chemical/synthetic nature.
    Ayurveda has been accepted globally but in the country of origin , manufacturers with vested motives with the help of State Licensing Authority have got approval of such drugs which do not come under Ayurveda even.Majority of these companies are selling these so called Ayurvedic Drugs through Electronic or print media.All the licensing authorities in the country should be directed to review all its approvals & allow only those AYUSH drugs which are properly documented & are free from heavy metals.