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Ayurveda needs dedicated doctors, says PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the sixth World Ayurveda Congress in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the sixth World Ayurveda Congress in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

Biggest challenge today is lack of confidence in Ayurvedic practitioners

The biggest challenge Ayurveda faces today is a lack of commitment and confidence among its practitioners, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the sixth World Ayurveda Congress here on Sunday.

The Prime Minister regretted that while Ayurveda held the key to a healthy life, its practitioners did not seem to have confidence in the traditional system of medicine. “It is difficult to find doctors who are 100 per cent dedicated to Ayurveda. You must have the confidence in yourself. Only then will you instil confidence in the patients,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the allopathic and Ayurvedic systems should not be seen as enemies. Instead of perceiving the two systems as antithetical, one [allopathy] should be seen as “curative” and the other [Ayurveda] as “a way of life.”

“There is a need for larger awareness of Ayurveda. It can’t be limited to a doctor alone. Our ancestors made good health a part of life. Unfortunately, we have outsourced health. We should start a movement for global acceptance of Ayurveda. Just as yoga has been accepted, this too will be,” Mr. Modi said.

Calls for research

He called for Ayurveda practitioners, students and researchers to conduct more research and aim at publishing more papers in international medical journals.

The second major challenge was translating Ayurveda into a language that the world understood.

“We need a movement to be initiated by physicians, students and teachers to gain global acceptance for Ayurveda. If we can procure at least 10-20 per cent of space in international medical journals for research in Ayurveda, it will attract the attention of the global science community,” he said.

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