Directorate Indian Systems of Medicine & Homeopathy

Introduction

IntroductionThe Department of Ayurveda is started in May 1960 under the Health and Panchayat along with establishment of Gujarat state. In 1979, it was renamed as directorate of Traditional System of Medicine. Again it was changed as directorate Indian system of Medicine & Homoeopathy. The directorate was shifted to Dr Jivraj Mehta Bhavan, Gandhinagar in the year of 1983.

The department is managing all types of activities like guiding inspecting, maintaining, developing, financing, administrating as well as all technical responsibilities regarding education, health services, herbal gardens, manufacturing of traditional Ayurvedic medicine, registration of practitioners, training of all technical staff and research etc.

Echoing with the definition of Health by WHO (fullform) i.e. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, Ayurveda conforms the health means not only absence of Physical diseases but association of Mind and psyche in the Health and happiness of Health.

The aim of any medical system is to cure the ailment and provide healthy society to serve nation. Ayurveda and Homoeopathy with their holistic approach keep healthy people in healthy condition as well as provide root cause level management of disease. The department of AYUSH (Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy) plays a vital role in keeping rural people healthy.

It is estimated that about 70% of total population of India is dependent upon these systems in one or other way for the purpose of Health Care. In addition to medical advantages, traditional knowledge of medicine survives in society and hold on communities because it provide safer, effective and affordable cures for ailments for majority of the population.

To provide qualified and competent technical person to the society, department is nourishing education services. At present there are 33 AYUSH teaching institutions in the state where the courses of Graduate and Post graduate teaching of different AYUSH specialties are conducted, which include 10 Ayurveda and 16 Homoeopathy Colleges, 01 naturopathy and yoga colleges.

There are more than 13000 registered practitioners of Indian Systems of Medicine (Ayurveda) and 12101 Homoeopathy in Gujarat. (Till December 2013).

There are 33 well equipped speciality Ayurveda hospitals providing Panchkarma and Ksharsootra treatment to the needy people. Entire 1345 bed capacity is made available for patients in different parts of Gujarat and 545 Ayurvedic dispensaries are serving the health care of rural people. 16 mobile dispensaries are on road to reach needful patients in remote villages of Gujarat, where no medical services are available. Lengthways 216 Homoeopathy dispensaries are taking care and cure of diseases through Homoeopathy.

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