Kozhikode: The Centre is committed to promoting traditional medicinal systems like Ayurveda which remain untapped due to inadequate scientific scrutiny and concerns regarding standards and quality, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.
Modi said India would learn from the experience of other countries, especially China, which has put in place policies and regulations for promoting their traditional medicine and said the country can become a world leader in affordable and holistic healthcare.
"If these issues are addressed properly, I am sure Ayurveda can provide solutions to many health problems. India can be a leader in making affordable, holistic healthcare available to the world," he said.
Addressing the 'Vision Conclave' held as part of the five-day Global Ayurveda Festival here, he also said the Centre was committed to promoting traditional medicines to provide cheap and effective healthcare in the country.
"We are committed to promoting the use of traditional medicine in our public health system through regulation of research and appropriate integration of quality products, practices and practitioners into the health system," he said.
Such initiatives were being taken to address issues related to escalating treatment costs and side-effects of medicines, he said.
Modi said steps were being taken to bring regulatory amendments for effective enforcement and strengthening the regulatory framework for AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) drugs at central and state levels.
In this regard, he said initiatives were being undertaken to create a vertical structure for AYUSH drugs in the Central Drug Standards Control Organisation. The steps also include control over misleading advertisements and extension of financial support to states under the National AYUSH Mission for quality control activities. He said Ayurveda was relevant globally today because of its holistic and comprehensive approach to health.
"The Ayurvedic 'dincharya' or daily schedule helps to bring about peace and harmony in one's life. Ayurvedic daily life routines are meant to enhance the total health of a human being, both mental and physical," he said.
Modi said young entrepreneurs, planning a start up, would find lot of opportunities in holistic healthcare.
"We will maximise the utilisation of Ayurveda and Yoga and other traditions of healing in accordance with their genius and acumen and help promotion of integrative medical facilities. Modi said China has made efforts to promote safe use of its traditional medicines which forms a large portion of the international trade of alternative medicine. "I know that there have been great efforts in China to develop and establish policies and regulations for promoting the safe use of traditional Chinese medicine, which comprises a large chunk of the international trade of complementary and alternative medicine," he said. "We will learn from the experience of other countries and ensure that Ayurveda and other Indian systems are propagated and popularised," he said.
He also said government would like to offer institutions as referral centres for training, capacity building and, information and technology exchange programmes in Ayurveda and other AYUSH systems.