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.[1] 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.[2]The Department has been elevated to an independent Ministry w.e.f. 09.11.2014.[3]

Ayush is also a common Hindu given name, derived from Sanskrit, meaning "Long-life".

Homoeopathy is a pseudoscience and its remedies have been found to be no more effective than placebo.[4][5][6]

Bodies under AYUSH[edit]

Bodies under the control of the Department of AYUSH are:

Research councils:[7]

  • 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):[8]

Professional councils


National AYUSH Mission[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AYUSH. Accessed 7 August 2014.
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  4. ^ Tuomela R (1987). "Chapter 4: Science, Protoscience, and Pseudoscience". In Pitt JC, Marcello P. Rational Changes in Science: Essays on Scientific Reasoning. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 98 (Springer). pp. 83–101. doi:10.1007/978-94-009-3779-6_4. ISBN 978-94-010-8181-8.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Smith K (2012). "Homeopathy is Unscientific and Unethical". Bioethics 26 (9): 508–512. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8519.2011.01956.x. 
  6. ^ Baran GR, Kiana MF, Samuel SP (2014). Chapter 2: Science, Pseudoscience, and Not Science: How Do They Differ?. Healthcare and Biomedical Technology in the 21st Century (Springer). pp. 19–57. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-8541-4_2. ISBN 978-1-4614-8540-7. within the traditional medical community it is considered to be quackery 
  7. ^ "Research councils". AYUSH website. 
  8. ^ "National Institutes". AYUSH website. 
  9. ^ "Know Instances of Patenting on the UES of Medicinal Plants in India". PIB, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. May 6, 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 

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