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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 57-58

Status of Indian medicine and folk healing With a focus on benefits that the systems have given to the public (Part-I)


AVP Research Foundation, 136-137, Trichy Road, Ramanathapuram P. O., Coimbatore, India

Date of Web Publication23-May-2013

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A R Aramya
AVP Research Foundation, 136-137, Trichy Road, Ramanathapuram P. O., Coimbatore
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Aramya A R. Status of Indian medicine and folk healing With a focus on benefits that the systems have given to the public (Part-I). ASL Muscuskel Dis 2013;1:57-8

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The Report on the status of Indian medicine (Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha systems) gives an overview of the current status of these systems of health in India. The primary focus is on the benefits that the public has received. The Report additionally indicates the gaps that needed to be filled when the 12th Plan (2012-2017) was formulated.

This work is not another regurgitation of the well known facts and was built by conducting a series of interviews and recording these interactions. Questionnaires were also sent to the relevant stakeholders and the responses received both written and oral have formed the foundation of this Report.

Though commissioned by the Department of AYUSH, the findings and recommendations do not reflect the views of the Department of AYUSH. Rather, it represents the personal assessment based on interaction with numerous stakeholders and their written or recorded views.

This Report has six chapters and an Epilogue. The Report describes the status of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU) systems of medicine with reference to areas that impact directly on the public. Consequently, aspects of work that go on elsewhere in the traditional medicine sector but do not directly touch peoples' lives have not been included here. Since the thrust is on the Indian public, the globalization aspects of ASU are also not included except briefly in the Epilogue.

Chapter 1: Historical perspective

The historical developments that have impacted on this sector have been described in the first chapter and also in the introduction to the chapters on Education and Drugs.

Chapter 2: Research

The Chapter on research gives a bird's-eye view of the canvas on which academic research in the ASU sector is undertaken in universities and colleges along with the impact factor of research undertaken by such bodies. It provides a summary of the major achievements of the research carried out on Ayurveda in public and private institutions of Ayurveda and Science in the country.

Chapter 3: Education

In this chapter after recounting the broad status of how college education for the traditional systems of medicine was first introduced in the early 19thcentury, the current status has been described with special reference to the curriculum and syllabus prescribed for undergraduate and postgraduate medical educations courses.

Chapter 4: Practice

This chapter is descriptive of actual practice as conducted in the government set-up and in private establishments. Different levels at which clinical care is offered, whether through a single practitioner or through multi-specialty hospitals, have been described. This is intended to be a quick cross-sectional view to give an idea of the kind of cases that are being treated, the clientele that seems to be accessing services and the general atmosphere in which patient care services are provided.

Chapter 5: Medicinal plants

This chapter has three sub-chapters dealing with

  1. The Uniqueness of Traditional and Folk Medicine
  2. The Raw drug trade - Interaction with dealers
  3. Demand and supply of raw drugs
Chapter 6: Drugs

In this chapter the history of ASU drug manufacture and the move to mechanization and regulation have been described going back to the colonial period and the enactment of specific laws governing this sector in 1960s and 70s. The introduction is followed by three sub-chapters.

  1. Manufacture of ASU drugs and quality assurance.
  2. Dipstick Survey of Consumer preference for ASU products
  3. Dipstick Survey of industries manufacturing ASU products
Epilogue

The epilogue as the name suggests is an addition to the Report. It is first time that there is a futuristic vision of the impact that can be made through the propagation and globalization of Ayurveda. The conclusions point toward the need for high level co-ordination as Indian medicine has spin-offs for a wide range of beneficiaries but Indian players have to work in unison to grasp those benefits.


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Shailaja Chandra is a former IAS officer who served as Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Indian System of Medicine and Homoeopathy from 1999 to 2002. Prior to that, she had served as Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary in the same Ministry for seven years looking after medical education, research, public health, and drugs. During the 15 years with the Central Government she also served in the Ministries of Defence and Power. From February 2002 to June 2004 Shailaja Chandra was Chief Secretary, Government of Delhi. In 2006, she became the first Executive Director of the National Population Stabilization Fund under Health Ministry and served in that position until 2009. She writes regularly for different national newspapers and her book It Crossed My Mind (2006) highlights subjects of social concern. In recognition of her writings, she has received the Ladli-UNFPA award for advocacy on population issues and gender sensitivity.




 

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