India and WHO discuss collaboration for Ayurvedic, Siddha and other traditional medicines

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The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Secretary of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (West) discussed on Monday collaboration for global health and wellbeing, including in traditional medicines and digital health.

Indian side Sanjay Verma explained to WHO’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the importance of Ayurvedic and Siddha medicines. In India, it is often defined as including practices and therapies such as yoga, Ayurveda and Siddha.

These therapies and practices have historically been part of Indian tradition along with others – such as homeopathy – which have become part of Indian tradition over the years.

The Siddha system is followed mainly in Tamil Nadu and Kerala

The Sowa-Rigpa system is practiced mainly in Leh-Ladakh and Himalayan regions such as Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Darjeeling, Lahaul and Spiti.

“Secretary (West) @SanjayVermalFS had a warm and fruitful meeting with DG @[email protected] They discussed strengthening India-WHO relationship, collaboration for health and wellness worldwide, including in traditional medicine and digital health,” tweeted Permanent Mission of India, Geneva.

Recently, the inauguration ceremony was celebrated for the first WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

In addition, the Global Ayush Investment and Innovation Summit was held in Gandhinagar with the aim of increasing investments and showcasing innovations in the field of traditional medicine.

According to the central government, the objective of the creation of the GCTM is the integration of traditional medicines with technological progress; establish policies and standards; and support efforts to implement the WHO strategy.

According to WHO estimates, 80% of the world’s population uses traditional medicine.

India has committed approximately $250 million to support the establishment, infrastructure and operations of the GCTM.

According to the WHO, traditional medicine is the sum total of the “knowledge, skills and practices that indigenous and different cultures have used over time to maintain health and to prevent, diagnose and treat physical and mental illness”.

Its scope encompasses ancient practices such as acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine and herbal blends as well as modern medicines.

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