Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy
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The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, abbreviated as AYUSH, is a governmental body in India purposed with developing education and research in ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine), yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha, and homoeopathy, and other alternative medicine systems. Created in March 1995 as the Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM&H), AYUSH received its current name in March 2003. It operates under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The Bharatiya Janata Party, in its election manifesto, said it would increase public investment to promote AYUSH and start integrated courses for Indian system of medicines and modern science.The Department has been elevated to an independent Ministry w.e.f. 09.11.2014.
Bodies under AYUSH
Bodies under the control of the Department of AYUSH are:
- Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS)
- Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS)
- Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM)
- Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH)
- Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN)
- Pharmacopoeial Laboratory for Indian Medicine (PLIM)
- Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory (HPL)
National Institutes (Education in Indian Medicine):
- National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur (NIA)
- National Institute of Siddha, Chennai (NIS)
- National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata (NIH)
- National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune (NIN)
- National Institute of Unani Medicine, Bangalore (NIUM)
- Institute of Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar, Gujarat (IPGTR)
- Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth, New Delhi (RAV)
- Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi (MDNIY)
- Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH)
- Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM)
- Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission
- Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL): A collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), set up in 2001, to prevent grant of "bed" patents on traditional knowledge and biopiracy. The digital library is being developed on codified traditional knowledge on Indian systems of medicines such as Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Yoga. Nearly 805,000 Ayurvedic formulations, 98,700 Unani formulations, and 9,970 Sidha formulations have been transcribed in patent application format in five languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.
- Indian Medicine Pharmaceutical Corporation Limited (IMPCL), Mohan, Uttaranchal (a public sector undertaking)
National AYUSH Mission
It was started with an objective of providing cost effective AYUSH Services, with a universal access through upgrading AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries, co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs.
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