The AYUSH sector, which comprises the traditional medicinal systems of India — Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani,
Siddha and Homoeopathy — is increasingly getting integrated with mainstream healthcare. With increasing impact of non-communicable diseases and paucity of doctors across the country, the government’s new Health Policy sees AYUSH as part of the holistic solution to provide universal access to good quality affordable healthcare services. The policy envisages better access to AYUSH remedies through co-location in public facilities.
India has over 7,70,000 registered institutionally qualified AYUSH practitioners, 575 AYUSH teaching institutions, out of which 195 are imparting post-graduate education. For every traditional system, there are research councils with 85 field units across the country for doing validation studies, clinical studies and product research. Today, over 60 per cent District Hospitals in the country have AYUSH facilities.