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6 Per Cent People Treated By Traditional Medicine Systems: Survey
05 May 2017
A survey has found that around 6 per cent people of the country have received treatment from traditional medicine systems, including Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Yoga, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Replying to queries, Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik also said 161 AYUSH wellness centres have been approved.

"National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) has undertaken a survey on social consumption in India on health in its 71st round conducted during January-June 2014.

"As per key indicators released recently by NSSO for the 71st round, it is estimated that about 6 per cent of the people have received treatment from Indian systems of medicine (including Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha), Homoeopathy and Yoga and Naturopathy," the minister said. He said the ministry has given financial assistance to 31 institutes to preserve rare and precious AYUSH books for translation and publication under Central sector scheme, acquisition, cataloging, digitization and publication of text books and manuscripts (ACDP) implemented during 11th Plan.

The Centre for Traditional Medicine and Research, Chennai has also collected 268 rare Siddha palm manuscripts and digitized them and the Tamil Valarchi Kazhagam in Chennai has published eight volumes of Siddha medicines in Tamil.

"Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) is also engaged in digitization of classical Unani books and manuscripts and so far 50 books manuscripts have been digitized by the Council," he said.

The minister said Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) is engaged in the studies related to revival, retrieval and digitization of ancient Ayurvedic manuscripts and rare books.So far 30 books retrieved from manuscripts have been published and are now available in the public domain.

Besides this, the council has surveyed and digitized more than 5000 Ayurvedic manuscripts and rare books from Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam and Jammu and Kashmir (Leh) and others, the Minister said.

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