8.1.1. The National Health Policy of 1983 envisages integration of ISM & H with the modem system of medicine.
8.1.2. The Department has prepared a capsule containing basic concepts and fundamentals of ISM&H for incorporation in MBBS curricula. This has been forwarded to Medical Council of India for appropriate further action.
8.1.3. The Department is exploring the areas of actual involvement in the National Health Programme through ISM & H.
8.2. ISM & Homoeopathy component in Central Government Health Scheme
8.2.1. India has a rich heritage by way of its ancient systems of medicine such as Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Yoga & Naturopathy. These systems of medicines and its practices are well accepted by the Community and have their own areas of strength. Medicines are easily available and prepared from locally available resources, economical, and comparatively safe from side effects. Because of this fact the Central Government Health Scheme, introduced in 1954 with only Allopathic dispensaries has introduced ISM & H component in its net work.
Indian Systems of medicine in Reproductive and Child Health Programme (RCH).
8.4.1. Considering that about half of the population according to some estimates depends on the Indian Systems of Medicine for Health Care, the Reproductive & Child Health for the whole population of the country cannot be assured without involving the Indian Systems in a large and meaningful manner. The Ayurveda and Unani Systems in this regard are particularly important.
About 5 Lac practitioners of these disciplines mostly in the non-governmental sector are spread out in different parts of the country. These systems have the additional advantage that a large proportion of their practitioners are located in the rural areas where the reach of the modem system is weakest. The Indian Systems are know to have many efficacious practices and remedies for a number of conditions of women and children. These systems generally do not have any side effects. Steps have been initiated for introducing Ayurvedic/Unani drugs, which are efficacious and safe in RCH programmes.
7 drugs of Ayurveda and Unani have been introduced in RCH programme. There are three specific programmes on ISM which will be implemented under the RCH Programme.
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