Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: B. Anand, Joint Secretary, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, has said that 60 per cent of the people in the country depend on traditional medicine for their health. All these systems were recognised by the government. For the development such systems, Rs. 1,200 crore had been released in the 10th five-year-plan and Rs. 4,000 crore in the 11th plan.

Speaking to The Hindu at the SDM College of Ayurveda here on Saturday, he advised the students not to feel inferior compared to doctors practising Allopathy. Now, Ayurveda was becoming more popular than Allopathy and many countries such as Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Hungary had begun using Ayruvedic methods of treatment.

Many diseases

“Today’s fast life has led to many diseases such as diabetes and blood pressure. There are excellent remedies that Ayurveda offers,” he said while urging students to focus on practical aspects of the subject.