National Policy on Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy-2002
National Health Policy, 1983, refers to our rich, centuries – old heritage of medical and health sciences. The Policy outlines that although vast infrastructure is available in the Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy for addressing health care of our people, they are under utilized. The Policy suggested that it was necessary to initiate measures to enable each of these various systems of medicine and health care to develop in accordance with its genius. Simultaneously, planned efforts should be made to integrate their services, at the appropriate levels, within specified areas of responsibility and functioning in the over all health care delivery systems, specially in regard to the preventive, promotive and public health objectives. The Policy emphasized the need for a meaningful phased integration of Indian Systems of Medicines with the modern medicines, and also outlined the need to secure complete integration of all plans for health and human development, particularly agriculture and food products, rural development, education and social welfare, housing, water supply and sanitation.
In many places, the Indian Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy continue to be widely used due to their accessibility, and sometimes, because they offer the only kind of medicine within the physical and financial reach of the patient. The Indian medicine system is also embedded in the beliefs of a wide section of the public and continues to be an integral and important part of their lives and for some, it is also a way of life.
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