Kochi: The Government needs to formulate a national policy on the integration of Ayurveda with allopathy so that India can take its rightful place as the global leader in integrative medicine, said experts assembled at India’s biggest conference on integrative Ayurveda and modern medicine at Kochi’s Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences. The two-day event called Amrita Samyogam, in which more than 60 experts and 1,000 delegates from around the world participated, was held in collaboration with Amrita University’s School of Ayurveda. It was inaugurated by Dr Rajesh Kotecha, Special Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH.
The Conference brought together allopathic doctors, Ayurveda practitioners and modern scientists on a common platform to identify strategies for integrating Ayurveda with Allopathy in the management of cancer, auto-immune diseases like arthritis, diabetes, neuro-degenerative diseases, and mental health.
Speaking at the event, Mr Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Special Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, said: “In integrative health, all streams of health sciences come together in a synergistic manner to positively impact health outcomes.The government is setting up a nationwide AYUSH grid connecting all hospitals and research labs to record case histories and observations so that a huge amount of evidences can be generated through data analytics about the efficacy of Ayurveda.
“While robust research is being conducted into Ayurveda, the problem arises in the implementation of integrative medicine at the level of public health. This is because Ayurveda is still not accepted as a science by the Allopathic community. The Government of India has decided to extend its full support to Amrita University’s initiative on integrative medicine,” Mr Kotecha added.
Participants identified strategies for integrating Ayurveda with Allopathy in the management of specific diseases like cancer, diabetes and arthritis.