An article published in The Hindu last week, states that the new found love for India among various countries, is not due to the posting of 9 percent growth for its inclusive society or neither is it due to the large pool of well-trained people, but due to the fresh hope that India has rendered to the world in the form of Ayurveda.
“Now, more than homeopathy, Ayurveda has captured the imagination of the world, as it represents the best of Indias traditions,” said M.K. Narayanan, the National Security Advisor, when addressing the valedictory function of the international grand centennial celebration of the Arya Vaidya Pharmacy at Coimbatore.
P.V. Rama Varier, an Ayurvedic Physician bought Ayurveda to mainstream medicine, and it offers much more than an alternative medicine, and was considered as a foil to many of the negative effects of modern medications.
“India has a comparative advantage in traditional medicine, and can take full advantage of the global resurgence of interest in complementary and alternative medicine,” Narayanan said.
Together with other traditional systems of medicine, such as Unani and Sidha, Ayurveda had already proven its strengths in prevention and management of chronic non-communicable, lifestyle-related diseases, and in particular, for diseases that have no other effective drugs in modern medicine.
The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Sidha and Homeopathy (AYUSH), emphasized on upgrade of educational institutions, quality control, standardization of drugs, sustainability of raw materials, and better accessibility of medicinal plants through cultivation, conservation, research and development.
The infrastructure and capacity of research councils under the Health Ministry were being upgraded to cater to modern scientific work pertaining to standardization, quality control and pharmacopoeial standards and clinical trials.
There were also schemes for private-public partnerships for establishment of specialty clinics and medicinal plants processing zones.
Justice K. Venkatapathy, the Minister of State for Law and Justice, said that by 2016, India would account for 113million elderly people, and 51 percent among them would be women. Hence greater focus need to given on age-related ailments.