Rs120 cr to popularise Indian medicine globally

Rs120 cr to popularise Indian medicine globally

Chennai: Attributing modern medicine’s popularity to its scientific validation, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss Saturday said the government would spend Rs120 crore for a similar purpose for Indian medicine to popularise it globally.

“Though allopathy has evolved as a successful medicinal system only in the last 150 years, it was mainly due to its scientific validation. The government has now initiated efforts to scientifically validate Indian medicine systems like Ayurveda and Siddha," he said.

He was addressing a gathering at a diploma awarding ceremony of the Asana Andiappan Sundata Yoga and Natural Living Development Trust here.

“Our intention is to popularise Indian medicine system across the globe, for which this effort will be helpful," he said, adding the Indian systems of medicine has been in vogue for about 3,000 years.

He also described Yoga as a billion dollar industry, with “lakhs of Yoga schools coming up, even in China".

Further, the Union Health Ministry was in consultation with the Human Resource Development Ministry to make Yoga a compulsory subject in schools, he added.