The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s first day in the house of commons on Tuesday (15th July 2019) also saw him giving a nod of endorsement for Ayurveda and similar therapies, as per media reports.

“I think it very important that we have an open mind about ayurvedic medicine and other such therapies, but we should approach it on the basis of science first”, he said. British Prime Minister’s statement was in total alignment with the Government of India’s states policy of promoting and developing the AYUSH system of medicines on scientific lines and supported by evidence based research.

The Prime Minister was replying to a query from David Tredinnik, conservative PM from Bossworth in Leicestershine, who is known for his affinity for alternative medicine. He asked: I congratulate the Prime Minister on a brilliant start, and particularly his support of the health service. Is he aware that his counterpart in India, Prime Minister Modi, has oversight of two health Ministries: the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of AYUSH, which is for traditional and complementary medicine and has 7000 hospitals? Will he ensure that the health secretary is in contact with AYUSH? The Prime Minister in his reply also seemed to indicate that he was in favour of British health secretary getting a touch with the ministry of AYUSH of India.

The word AYUSH emerged out of the acronym of the names of different traditional and complementary Medical Systems practiced in India. such as Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathi. However, the commission for scientific and Technical terminology of India subsequently adopted it as a word ‘Ayush’ in Hindi and English languages for scientific and Technical purposes, considering its wide spread uses as approved by the commission, the word “Ayush” will have the meaning traditional and non conventional system of Healthcare and healing which include Ayurveda, yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa , homeopathi etc. Following the commission’s recognition, the word Ayush gained increased currency in popular usage in a short span of time.

The Ayush systems are based on definite Medical philosophies and represent a way of health living with established concepts on prevention of disease and promotion of health.

In acknowledgement of the principle of Medical pluralism and the significance of Ayush systems in public health in India, the Government of India has set up separate ministry to exercise oversight on these systems.

( Source- Ministry of AYUSH, Gov. of India)

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