What is AYUSH?

AYUSH is an acronym that is used to refer to the non-allopathic medical systems in India. It includes the Indian medical system of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and also Homeopathy.
Why in news?
Government has decided to promote AYUSH internationally just as it did with Yoga
How is it being popularized internationally?
  • Ministry of External Affairs will send groups of AYUSH experts who will help set up departments of AYUSH in major universities of the member countries of U.N.
  • A group of experts will include teachers, practitioners and demonstrators who will further train first generation teachers and students in other countries.
  • To begin with, Iraq, Columbia and Reunion Island have agreed to host the AYUSH experts and three groups of such experts will be sent to these countries.
  • The first phase of this project aims at involving 12 more U.N member countries apart from Iraq, Columbia and Reunion Island.
  • To bring research on Ayurvedic drugs and formulations closer to practices in Western medicine, the Indian Council of Medical Research has released a set of guidelines concerning standards that must be adhered to in testing medicines from AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) schools



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