Govt evaluating set up of a national board for naturopathy and yoga

NEW DELHI: To promote use of traditional medicines in the country, the government is evaluating to set up a National Board for Promotion & Development of Yoga and Naturopathy, the government informed Lok Sabha on Friday.

Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said, the proposed Board will enhance the quality of alternative medicines, develop human resource and standards and will also 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.

Around 6% people of the country have received treatment from traditional medicine systems, including Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Yoga, he said.
He added, the government has also approved 161 AYUSH wellness centres and given financial assistance to 31 institutes to preserve rare and precious AYUSH books for translation and publication under Central sector scheme.

“As per key indicators released recently by NSSO for the 71st round, it is estimated that about 6 per cent of the people have received treatment from Indian systems of medicine (including Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha), Homoeopathy and Yoga and Naturopathy,” Naik said.

 The Centre for Traditional Medicine and Research, Chennai has also collected 268 rare Siddha palm manuscripts and digitized them and the Tamil Valarchi Kazhagam in Chennai has published eight volumes of Siddha medicines in Tamil.
“Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) is also engaged in digitization of classical Unani books and manuscripts and so far 50 books manuscripts have been digitized by the Council,” Naik said.
The minister said Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) is engaged in the studies related to revival, retrieval and digitization of ancient Ayurvedic manuscripts and rare books. 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 and rare books from Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam and Jammu and Kashmir (Leh) and others, Naik said.

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