Ayush ministry takes initiative to integrate modern and traditional systems of medicine

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The Union Ministry of Ayush stated that it is taking various initiatives to integrate the modern and traditional systems of medicine so as to facilitate a meaningful, cross learning and collaboration between two systems.

There is no conflict exists between modern medicine and Ayush systems with regard to efficacy of medicines, treatments and procedures, said the statement.

The ministry said that three research councils such as Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council of Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) and Central Council for Research in Unani Medicines (CCRUM) have jointly taken up a project on National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer Diabetes Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) through integration of allopathy and Ayush system on pilot basis in different districts in collaboration with Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

CCRUM has undertaken several collaborative projects with modern allopathic hospitals like All India Instituite of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi; JN Medical College, Aligarh and Vallabh Bhai Patel Chest Institute, Delhi, the ministry said.

“Ayush under Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Ayush Mission (NAM) co-locates Ayush facilities at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs), thus enabling choice to the patients for different systems of medicine under single window. The engagement of Ayush doctors/paramedics and their training are supported by the department of health & family welfare, while the support for Ayush infrastructure, equipment/ furniture and medicines are provided by Union Ministry of Ayush under shared responsibilities,” the statement said.

Central Council for Research in Siddha, a Research Council of the Ministry has initiated various collaborative clinical studies with modern allopathic hospitals like Government Stanley Medical College, Chennai; Govt. Theni Medical College, Tamil Nadu; Govt. Institute of Medical Sciences, Greater Noida; Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research, Chennai and Govt. Medical College & ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.

The ministry further added that CCRH has co-location of Homoeopathy treatment centre in allopathic hospitals for providing treatment on various clinical conditions at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, Homoeopathic Research Institute for Disabilities, Chennai, Lady Hardinge Medical College & Hospital, New Delhi, Delhi Cantonment General Hospital, New Delhi, Delhi State Cancer Hospital, New Delhi, clinical trial unit, at BRD Medical College and Hospital, Gorakhpur, UP, extension centre at Princess DurruSevar Children and General Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, Civil Hospital, Aizwal, Mizoram and district hospital, Dimapur, Nagaland.

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