Jun 15, 2015

Centre may Give an Ayurveda Shot in Army's Medical Arm

15 June 2015
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  At a time when Ayurveda is gaining popularity the world over, the Centre is mulling over including this traditional system of treatment in the Army Medical Wing. The newly formed Ayush Department has placed a proposal with the Defence Ministry, which is said to be positively considering it. “Our department has placed a proposal before the Defence Ministry.
“I have even talked to Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar, who has taken it very positively,” Union Minister of State for Ayush Shripad Yesso Naik has said.
“In the discussions with the Defence Minister, he has endorsed about the importance of including Ayurveda in the Army Medical Wing. He has responded positively and the government is working on it,” Naik told ‘Express’.Naik said that Ayurveda has been proven since thousands of years that it is the best system of medicine that caters to Nature. “Many persons from the Defence forces had told us that they are advocates of Ayurveda. And as such, we decided to approach the Defence Ministry,” he said. Apart from the serving personnel, the demand for its inclusion has come up from the retired also. Moreover, there is also a demand to recognise Ayurveda treatment for medical reimbursement in the services. Earlier, when the Minister was in Kerala last month, the Ayurveda Medical Association of India (AMAI) had given a representation for including Ayurveda in the Army Medical Wing.
AMAI general secretary Rejith Anand said many of the serving and retired Army personnel had been demanding inclusion of Ayurveda in military services. “Our soldiers are always exposed to extreme weather conditions. They  need special care for retaining good health. Here Ayurveda has its on speciality known as seasonal health care system,” he said.

Source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/Centre-may-Give-an-Ayurveda-Shot-in-Armys-Medical-Arm/2015/06/15/article2866888.ece


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