Ayurveda, Unani to tackle dengue and malaria

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The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has directed states to use expertise of department of Ayush – Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy and Unani in checking the spread of Vector – borne diseases like dengue and malaria. The Central Council for Research in Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Unani under Department of Ayush has also patented and commercialized an antimalarial drug AYUSH 64.

Ayush doctors will be trained on early diagnosis and complete treatment and will be provided with necessary diagnostic tools and anti-malarials for treatment of uncomplicated malaria cases. The government recently appointed 11,478 Ayush doctors and 15,924 paramedics, including Ayush paramedics, on contract to fill in critical gaps under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

The main cause of the worsening malaria situation in recent years has been the spread of drug-resistant parasites. According to a recent research by National Institute of Malaria Research, published in the latest issue of Malaria Journal, natural products isolated from plants used in traditional medicine with potent anti-plasmodial action (anti malarial) represent potential sources of new anti-malarial drugs. The government would ensure that traditional medicines, manufactured in India under trademark of Ayurveda, Unani and the like, would have to conform to the prescriptions provided under the WHO.

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