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Treatment through Yoga and Naturopathy in Rural Areas



Treatment through Yoga and Naturopathy in Rural Areas 

Total of 161 AYUSH Wellness Centres approved under National AYUSH Mission

Ministry of AYUSH through Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM) provides grant-in-aid to State Government in accordance with their State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) for AYUSH Wellness Centres including Yoga and Naturopathy. A total of 161 AYUSH wellness centres approved during 2015-16 to State/UTs. 


Government of India has no plan to open AYUSH Kendra at villages in all over the country. However, under Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM), there is provision of co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Districts Hospitals (DHs), upgradation of the exclusive AYUSH hospitals and Dispensaries as well as setting up of AYUSH Gram wherein one village per block is selected for adoption of method and practice of AYUSH way of life and interventions of health care. In AYUSH village, AYUSH based lifestyles are promoted through behavioural change communication, training of village health workers towards identification and use of local medicinal herbs and provision of AYUSH health services. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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31 Institutes provided financial assistance to preserve rare & precious AYUSH books; Shri Shripad Yesso Naik 

National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) has undertaken a survey on social consumption in India on Health in its 71st round conducted during January – June 2014. As per key indicators released recently by NSSO for the 71st round, it is estimated that about 6% of the people have received treatment from Indian Systems of Medicine (including Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha), Homoeopathy and Yoga & Naturopathy. 

Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) is engaged in the studies related to revival & retrieval and digitization of Ancient Ayurvedic Manuscripts & Rare Books and they are being published from time to time, so far 30 books retrieved from manuscripts have been published and are now available in the public domain. Besides this, the Council has surveyed and digitized more than 5000 Ayurvedic Manuscripts/Rare Books from Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir (Leh) etc. 

Ministry of AYUSH had given financial assistance to 31 institutes to preserve rare and precious AYUSH books for translation & publication under Central Sector Scheme, Acquisition, Cataloguing, Digitization and Publication of Text Books & Manuscripts (ACDP) implemented during 11th Plan. The Centre for Traditional Medicine and Research, Chennai has collected 268 rare siddha palm manuscripts and digitized. Tamil Valarchi Kazhagam Chennai has published 8 volumes of Siddha medicines in Tamil. Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) is also engaged in digitization of classical Unani book/manuscripts. So far 50 books manuscripts have been digitized by the Council. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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National Board for Yoga and Naturopathy 

The Ministry of AYUSH constituted a Task Force to promote AYUSH system in the country. In its recommendations, it suggested to constitute a National Board for Promotion & Development of Yoga and Naturopathy under the Chairmanship of Secretary (AYUSH) with the following aims & objectives :- 

i. To enhance the quality of Yoga & Naturopathy education, training, therapy and research; 

ii. To develop human resource in Yoga & Naturopathy ; 

iii. To develop standards for Yoga & Naturopathy training and practices for voluntary adoption; 

iv. To promote accreditation frame work relating to Yoga and Naturopathy for voluntary implementation by institution including drafting of curriculum and syllabus for various degrees, diploma and programmes; 

v. To promote & propagate Yoga & Naturopathy at International level; 

vi. To institute national awards for outstanding for outstanding contribution to Yoga & Naturopathy; 

vii. To develop methods of competence, and evaluation of Yoga & Naturopathy practitioners; 

viii. Any other item relating to development & promotion of Yoga & Naturopathy. 

The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 17.02.2016 has approved the proposal of the Ministry of AYUSH to sign as agreement with WHO for collaborative activities in the area of traditional Medicine. The Ministry has also agreed in principle to the proposal of Ambassador and Permanent representative of India to the United Nations in Geneva to organize on Official Side. Event Traditional systems of Medicine during the 69th world Health Assembly during May, 2016. As a first step in the long term collaboration. India would assign to WHO activities for development of the following WHO technical documents/publications which will help in better international acceptability of Indian Systems of Medicine:- 

i. Benchmarks for training in Yoga; 

ii. Benchmarks for practice in Ayurveda; 

iii. Benchmarks for practice in Unani Medicine; 

iv. Benchmarks for practice in Panchakarma; 

This information was given by Hon’ble Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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An Amount of Rs.7275 lakh approved during 2014-15 for Upgradation/Renovation of AYUSH Hospitals/Dispensaries/Educational Institutions 

The Centre approved a total amount of Rs.7275.26 lakh during 2014-15 for upgradation/renovation of AYUSH Hospitals, AYUSH Dispensaries and AYUSH Educational Institutions under National AYUSH Mission. This includes Rs.1752.04 lakh for Upgradation of 365 AYUSH Hospitals and Rs.2702 lakhs for upgradation of 5159 dispensaries. During the same year, a total of Rs. 2821.37 lakhs has also been approved for upgradation of Under Graduate/Post Graduate AYUSH Educational Institutions. This information was given by Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in reply to a starred question in the Lok Sabha today. 

Shri Shripad Naik said that the centre encourages setting up of AYUSH dispensaries, hospitals and AIIMS like institutions in the States. The First AIIMS like hospital of AYUSH is being set up in Delhi and likely to become fully operational in 3-4 months, he explained. The Minister said that under National AYUSH Mission, the Centre provides funds to states for setting up one fifty bedded AYUSH Hospital in each district and funds are also given for running and maintenance of such hospitals. 

Giving details about the research schemes under the AYUSH, the Minister said that Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) and Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), both autonomous bodies under the Ministry of AYUSH have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for undertaking collaborative research projects under their respective schemes and programmes. CCRAS have taken up collaborative projects under Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) Programme, Golden Triangle Partnership (GTP) Scheme, Extra Mural Research (EMR) Scheme of Ministry of AYUSH. CCRUM is collaborating in the field of Tuberculosis with National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), Chennai, which is one of the premier institutes of ICMR. 

To converge the research approach of AYUSH systems with the modern system of medicine, the Ministry of AYUSH and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have together decided to have molecular based studies on specific leads from AYUSH. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Integration of AYUSH with NPCDCS 

The Ministry of AYUSH through its three research organizations i.e. Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy(CCRH) and Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine(CCRUM) has launched a programme to integrate Ayurveda, Homoeopathy and Unani with National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS). 

Yoga is a part as adjuvant therapy. The major objective of the programme is prevention and early diagnosis of these diseases; reduce complications; reduce drug dependency through these systems. It also aims towards capacity building for human resource development. 

The districts in which the programme has been initiated are as below: 

CCRAS- Bhilwara (Rajasthan), Surendranagar (Gujarat) and Gaya (Bihar). 

CCRUM- Lahimpur Khiri (Uttar Pradesh) 

CCRH-Krishna (Andhra Pradesh) and Darjeeling (West Bengal) 

The Guidelines and Training Manual for the programme have also been designed and developed and printed for all officials, including Yoga Instructors, Yoga Volunteers and Multitasking staff (MTS). 

The Information, Education & Communication (IEC) materials have been designed, developed and printed for the distribution at Community level by organizing awareness and screening camps. These are provided to the patients and their attendants/wards attending Lifestyle clinics (LSC)/Non-Communicable Disease (NCD - AYUSH) clinics established at various levels i.e. District Hospitals/Community Health Centers (CHCs)/ Primary Health Centers (PHCs). 

This information was given by the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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