500 herbal Gardens to give a push to AYUSH medicinal system in Himachal

The state government intends to provide world-class health facilities in its institutions and it is also emphasizing promoting the ancient Ayurveda system in a big way.

The introduction of AYUSH  therapies in the prevention of disease, treatment of subclinical conditions and chronic ailments can add a  new dimension to the healthcare system. Better management and prevention of many lifestyle disorders like diabetes and hypertension with the AYUSH system has now opened a new vision in the healthcare system.  The potential of alternative medicines in rejuvenation, anti-aging, and cosmetology has been underutilized. AYUSH can boost mental health in a much more holistic manner than the modern health system.

Chief Minister, Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said that the present State Government is also striving hard to promote this ancient system of medicine in a big way. As many as 250 ‘AYUSH Wellness Centres’ will be started in the State during the current financial year, so that people of the State could derive benefit from this system of Indian medical science. Treatment for various ailments will be provided through different packages in these centers.

In addition to this, as many as 500 new Herbal Gardens will be developed in collaboration with Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Education, and Forest departments in different parts of the State. These gardens will not only produce quality herbal medicines but will also emerge as an added attraction to the tourists visiting the State, said Sh. Sukhu.

After the initiation of the National Rural Health Mission in the year 2005, the ancient medicinal system got a big fillip which revolutionized the concept of Mainstreaming AYUSH and Revitalization of Local Health Traditions utilizing the untapped AYUSH workforces, therapeutics, and principles for the management of community health problems.

The Chief Minister said that under the ‘National AYUSH Mission’, farmers will be encouraged to create clusters of medicinal plants. This will provide an opportunity for the farmers to opt cultivation of medicinal plants to supplement their farm income. Since Himachal Pradesh is well suited for the cultivation of a variety of medicinal plants and crops and this will go a long way in strengthening the rural economy of the State, he added.

Modern healthcare facilities are highly professional in nature but are not easily available to poor people and have many side effects besides being very costly. Ayurveda provides healthcare within the physical and financial reach of rural India. Some of the Ayurvedic medicinal plants and spices are widely used as home remedies in India for a wide range of common ailments. The common users of Ayurveda are individuals suffering from chronic intractable diseases.

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