Ministry of Ayush

AYUSH is an abbreviation for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. It is a government body in India, with a primary purpose of research, development and education in all the Indian traditional medicine systems, traditional Tibetan medicine and many other indigenous healing systems. It was founded in March 1995 as Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM&H), later renamed in 2003 as ‘The Ministry of AYUSH’. It is operated under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The main focus of the
ministry is to,

  • Upgrade educational standards of AYUSH in the country
  • Implementation of quality control and Ayurvedic drug standardisation
  • Aid in research and development
  • Generate awareness about benefits of all the natural systems of healing
  • Strengthen existing research institutions
  • Ensure time-bound research programme on indentured diseases
  • Draw up schemes to promote, cultivate and regenerate medicinal plants used
    in AYUSH practices
  • Evolve Pharmacopeial Standards