The Delhi Medical Council, on Friday, announced that no allopathy doctor should prescribe ayurvedic medicine. This followed after an old advertisement from 2010 went viral with names of ayurvedic medicines that an allopathic doctor should not prescribe.
“It is a punishable offence under Delhi Bhartiya Chikitsa Parishad Act 1988. An allopathy doctor should not practice nor prescribe any ayurvedic or other alternative medicine. No cross pathy practice is allowed by any medical practitioner unless such person is also registered in that system in which he is practicing,” said Dr Girish Tyagi, Registrar, Delhi Medical Council.
The advertisement also states that “any person who falsely assumes that he is a practitioner and practices Bhartiya Chikitsa (Indian System of Medicine), shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment which may extend up to three years and with fine which may extend up to rupees fifty thousand”.
Some of the ayurvedic drugs commonly prescribed by allopathy doctors include Liv52, Cystone, Septilin, M2 Tone, Amlycure, Amycordial, etc.
The clarification was followed by the circular sent by the health department — which had asked AYUSH doctors working in allopathy primary health centres or any other government hospital will have to give medicine of their studies. The circular pointed out the ayurvedic, homeopathic, doctors posted in PHCs, who had been prescribing allopathy medicines.
There are over 1,300 Ayush doctors, who are largely ayurveda, homeopathy and Unani practitioners working in the government health centers. “These doctors must practice the stream of medicine they have specialised in. The patients who walk into the government health care centre have to be given a choice of medication,” said health department officials.
In March, the Parliamentary Standing Committee reviewing the National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, also recommended against Ayush doctors practicing allopathy after completing a short-term course.