Engage with health ministry for integration, MPs’ panel to AYUSH

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parliament house with stethoscope
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The Parliamentary standing committee felt this would help increase acceptability of alternative systems of medicine

A parliamentary committee has asked the AYUSH Ministry to engage with the Health Ministry for integrating AYUSH systems with modern medicine. This, the committee said, would help to increase its acceptability as a scientific and a reliable alternate system of medicine.

The Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee emphasised that the ministry must focus on increasing the credibility of AYUSH systems by promoting scientific research and upholding strict quality control of AYUSH drugs.

Earlier, it had recommended a change in the curriculum to introduce modules of modern medicine in traditional system of medicine and vice versa to bring AYUSH into the mainstream.

The committee is of the firm view that the AYUSH Ministry needs to take initiative to promote and integrate Indian systems of medicine with the modern systems to increase their acceptability as scientific and reliable alternate systems of medicine.

The committee also recommended a substantial increase in funds for institutes like the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) and the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy

The committee, in its recent report, appreciated the strategy of the National Policy on Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy, 2002 which envisages integration of AYUSH with healthcare delivery system.

“The committee would like to recommend to the ministry (AYUSH) to engage with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for integration of AYUSH systems with modern medicine,” the report stated.

The committee also recommended a substantial increase in funds for institutes like the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) and the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy for carrying out research to increase the credibility of AYUSH systems.

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