It is celebration time for Ayurveda. An unparalleled influx of medical tourists to India, an export of herbal raw materials worth Rs 3600 crore, the mushrooming of
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and hospitals across the country all these factors speak volumes of the growth of Ayurveda as an industry.
Indian Government, understanding the significance as well as the potential of various alternative medicines, has come up with projects to promote the alternative medicines in the healthcare sector. As part of its efforts, a separate department was formed in 1995 and it is known as AYUSH or Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Sidda and Homeopathy.
The department facilitates education and research in all the above mentioned alternative medical systems. It also oversees the educational standards for these alternative medicines.
The department also acts as an apex authority to check the quality of the medicines in the alternative healthcare sector. As these medicines (especially that of Ayurveda ) mainly depend on herbs, it is necessary to ensure the availability of medicinal plant. AYUSH also works towards ensuring the availability of these plants and creates awareness among people regarding the alternative medicines efficacy in treating various diseases.
Yet, there are many areas that the department should look into in order to encourage the medical tourism in India as well as to popularise alternative medical system.