The Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology has decided to adopt the word “AYUSH” in Hindi and English for scientific and technical purposes. The “AYUSH” has become popular as the acronym for five systems of traditional and complementary medicine, namely, Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy, and has been adopted and used successfully in all government communications.
The decision follows a proposal from the AYUSH ministry in this regard. Welcoming this decision, Shri Shripad Naik, the Union AYUSH Minister, said that this would highlight the essential unity of all holistic healing systems. He said the decision would strengthen AYUSH’s efforts to develop integrated solutions to address the country’s public health challenges.
As approved by the Commission, the word “Ayush” will have the meaning of “traditional and non-conventional systems of health care and healing that include Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa, homeopathy, etc. the word It should gain popularity in a short period of time. Despite many similarities, the practice of Ayush health systems in India has remained fragmented into system-specific silos.
Today’s decision would highlight the unifying characteristics of the different systems in the long term. This would facilitate the emergence of larger projects and activities and, therefore, promote faster development of these systems. This decision will also give a boost to India’s efforts to find a place for Indian health systems in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) of the World Health Organization.
The Indian systems that find their place in the ICD will lead to their international acceptance, greater rigor in research and general development.