Thursday, May 30, 2024

Is Ayurveda getting the importance it deserves in India?

Arnabjyoti Kashyap 

One of the most well-known ancient medical systems that has endured and thrived for decades is ayurveda. The vast knowledge of nature-based medicine, the relationship between the structure and function of the human body and nature, and the elements of the cosmos that interact and have an impact on living things ensure that this system will continue to thrive for centuries to come. The field’s researchers, practitioners, and experts, who are charged with preserving and fostering the future development of traditional systems of medicine (TSMs), still have a lot of opportunities to investigate.

Ayurveda, or “the science of life” in Sanskrit, is based on the belief that body, mind, and spirit are interconnected and that health and wellness depend on maintaining a balance between these elements. emphasise the use of natural remedies, such as herbs, oils, and spices, alongside lifestyle modifications such as diet and exercise, to promote the overall well-being of a person.

The popularity of Ayurveda has grown in recent years due to its non-invasive nature and emphasis on preventive health measures. It is seen as an alternative to modern medicine, which is often associated with side effects and a focus on treating symptoms rather than addressing the root cause of the problem.

The Ayurveda industry has been growing rapidly, with a projected value of $8 million by 2022. This growth can be attributed to several factors, including the increasing demand for natural and alternative forms of medicine, the government’s initiative to promote Ayurveda, and the growing interest in Ayurveda among people in India and abroad.

The government of India has taken several steps to promote Ayurveda, including establishing the Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy) in 2014. The ministry is responsible for promoting research, development, and standardisation of Ayurvedic products and practises. The government has also launched the national Ayush Mission, which aims to promote the adoption of Ayurveda and other traditional forms of medicine in India.

However, many people still choose to go for western medicine, whenever they fall ill, or even feel any minor discomfort, although it not only leads to several side effects, but also sometimes puts a big dent in their pockets, in the form of hospital bills. There are stories of people who have lost their entire savings due to a single hospital visit.

If we choose to be in charge of our health, and imbibe Ayurvedic lifestyle, we can keep majority of ailments at bay. It is time that we realize this, because health should be always the number one priority for everyone.

In conclusion, we can state that while Ayurveda is slowly starting to gain importance in India, there is still a need for further awareness. The government’s initiatives to promote Ayurveda may be a step in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go.

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