Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday that right now, amid Coronavirus, is the best time for traditional medicine to gain even more popular around the world, citing the benefits of Ayurveda and its role in improving immunity. It is after the realization by the government on the increasing popularity of Ayurveda among people and its potential positive impact on the world.
He said Ayurveda could properly be represented as a holistic human science as he opened the fourth edition of the Global Ayurveda Festival 2021.
“From the plants to your plate, from matters of physical strength to mental well-being, the impact and influence of Ayurveda and traditional medicine are immense,” The Prime minister said.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, PM Modi believes that now is the best time for Ayurveda and conventional medicines and healers in India to gain even more prominence around the world than these deserve.
People are becoming more aware of Ayurveda’s strengths, benefits, and its involvement in boosting immunity, he said.
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“Thanks to Ayurveda’s popularity, a strong opportunity awaits us and we must not lose it. Youngsters are using a wide range of Ayurveda products. There’s a growing consciousness to integrate Ayurveda with evidence-based medical science,” Modi further said.
“On behalf of the government, I assure full support to the world of Ayurveda. India has set up the National Ayush Mission. The National AYUSH Mission has been started to promote AYUSH medical systems through cost-effective AYUSH services,” prime minister Modi said.
He also stated that the World Health Organization has announced that the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine will be established in India.
Students from all over the world are flocking to India to research Ayurveda and herbal medicine, and he believes now is the best time to consider global wellness.
PM Modi described the participation of twenty-five countries in the global Ayurveda festival as “a great sign” and “shows a growing interest in Ayurveda and traditional forms of medicine.”
The prime minister also called for further study into Ayurveda, or traditional Indian medicine, and urged start-ups to delve into Ayurveda products in particular.
Ayurveda is a system of alternative therapies and medicines that has its origins in the Indian subcontinent. Ayurveda’s theories and practices are pseudoscientific in nature but are highly effective. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) considers Ayurvedic practitioners’ use of modern medicine to be quackery.