“Parliamentary Panel Advocates Collaborative Approach for a Pluralistic Healthcare System: Integrating Ayush into Mainstream Medicine”

In a recent report titled “Review of National Ayush Mission in India,” presented in Parliament, a parliamentary committee has recommended a collaborative effort between the Ayush Ministry and the Union Ministry of Health. The objective is to establish a pluralistic healthcare system that caters to the diverse needs of the population.

The committee highlights the importance of fostering dialogue among health providers from various systems to optimize patient outcomes. It underscores the necessity for substantial reforms in Indian medical education to instill an attitude supportive of integrating modern and traditional medicine.

One significant recommendation involves incorporating awareness of Ayush systems into school curricula, a step aimed at reducing knowledge barriers between Ayush and modern medicine.

The committee applauds the Ministry of Ayush’s efforts to establish Health and Wellness Centres (now Arogya Mandirs) and suggests emulating China’s strategy of integrating the Ayush system with poverty alleviation initiatives for community engagement.

The report stresses the crucial role of collaboration between traditional and modern medical practitioners in effectively implementing the National Ayush Mission (NAM). It suggests investing in research and development, enhancing educational institutions, and promoting awareness to integrate Ayush seamlessly into the healthcare system.

A key proposal involves ensuring at least one specialist practitioner in Ayurveda, homoeopathy, yoga, or Siddha in co-located facilities. The committee envisions this initiative contributing to managing chronic conditions like respiratory ailments, digestive problems, and musculoskeletal disorders.

To enhance the research capabilities of Ayush practitioners, the panel recommends upgrading infrastructure and providing training opportunities at health and wellness centres. It emphasizes the development of standardized protocols for Ayush interventions, ensuring data consistency and enabling robust clinical research.

Acknowledging concerns over the high metal content in Ayush drugs, the committee appreciates the ministry’s pharmacovigilance efforts. To strengthen regulatory frameworks, the report recommends user-friendly systems for reporting adverse events related to Ayush medicines and regular post-marketing surveillance.

Standardized data collection is deemed crucial for identifying biomarkers associated with specific Ayush interventions, opening avenues for further research into mechanisms of action and personalized medicine. The committee emphasizes the importance of publicizing clinically supported research and peer-reviewed articles in Ayush and allopathic medical colleges for better outreach, understanding, and coordination.

In conclusion, the collaborative approach proposed by the parliamentary panel aims to pave the way for a holistic and integrated healthcare system that embraces the strengths of both traditional and modern medicine, ultimately benefiting the health and well-being of the population.

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