Some Ayurvedic, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (Ayush) treatment packages are being proposed to be included in the cashless health insurance scheme Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY). Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said, “The proposal to include 19 AYUSH packages has been finalized and submitted to the National Health Authority.” Naik also said that we have also finalized guidelines to expand insurance for additional Ayush treatments. On the completion of 100 days of working of the Ministry of AYUSH, Naik said that on the basis of scrutiny of proposals, funds worth Rs.325 crores has been released for activities under the National AYUSH Mission (NAM).
The Integrated Health Research (SIHR) scheme has been finalized with an outlay of Rs.490 crores in collaboration with Niti Aayog and Invest India. Naik said that this would address the unaffected potential of integration of AYUSH systems with modern medical practice.
In the last hundred days, the Central Research Councils of Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha have validated 110 classical yogas for 60 conditions by generating evidence on clinical conditions and efficacy.
In the field of medicinal plant research, the Ministry has earmarked land for the Institute of High Altitude Medicinal Plants in Badarwah Tehsil of Doda District in Jammu and Kashmir. Naik said a species-specific expedition on Tinospora, also known as ‘Amrita for Life’, has been launched. He also said that 11 projects were approved on the spread of Guduchi, a plant with the improved immune system and the body’s resistance against infection.
AYUSH Secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha said that the clinical trials of traditional medicines for the treatment of dengue were in phase three and in a joint study with All India Institute of Medical Sciences on hundred breast cancer patients with metastasis of adjuvant therapy through conventional medicines It was also shown that the quality of life of such patients improved.
Kotecha also said that studies on its effects on cancer are good, as is Gomutra or ‘Panchagavya’, showing no definite results in the treatment of cancer. There is an agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi to study it.
In addition, at the primary health care centres in Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra, the ministry is enabling a high impact research project for Ayurveda intervention on childbirth to establish the effectiveness of a ‘wombatine hostess’, with antenatal care with 10,000 For traditional Ayurvedic intervention. Pregnant mothers as subjects.