Chandigarh, November 3, 2017-Indian traditional medicine system and Yoga can play a prominent role in checking Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). This was stated by Sh. Shripad Naik, Minister of AYUSH at the pre-event workshop at World NCD Congress 2017 in Chandigarh today. The Minister said the government has already started an All India Institute of Ayurveda and work on 66 hospitals allover India under AYUSH has already begun to promote traditional methods of treatment.  Specialty treatment facilities are being created at AYUSH at all levels. Shri Naik further said that NCDs have been the major cause of deaths in the recent years and are posing a big threat generally called life style diseases, these have now spreaded in rural areas also.

 The Minister further said that scientists’ efforts to check NCDs are commendable but ancient systems like Ayurveda and Yoga have to be adopted as they take a holistic view of health and well being. Moreover, they are cost-free and safe. Shri Naik said that the government intends to bring quality and differential changes in the health system in the country. AYUSH Ministry has developed a Yoga protocol. Mission Madhumeh has been launched to provide an effective check to the menace of diabetes which itself is a root cause of many other health problems. The Minister said that the aim is to develop India into a Healthy India (Swasth Bharat).


            Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh Dr. Jagat Ram in his remarks said that almost two-third of the death in the world nowadays are due to NCDs. PGI would be able to develop a Department for Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy)  to promote these traditional system of health & well being. Dr. Jagat Ram said that the benefit of Yoga is that it can go along with other regular meditation also.

             Dr. D.C. Katoch, Advisor in the Ministry of Ayush, Dr. Meenu Singh, Pediatric Department and Dr. J.S. Thakur are among those who share their views at the workshop.

             Earlier, Yoga experts in traditional system of medicine provided an insight to the gathering about the benefits of these systems.