Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:09:49 GMT

India to host conference on traditional medicine from Feb 12

New Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) To help promote the role of traditional and complementary medicine in healthcare, government is organising a three-day international conference on traditional medicine from February 12.

The conference, organised by Department of AYUSH of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in collaboration with WHO -SEARO, will see participation of Health Ministers and experts from South East Asia region and Western Pacific Region.

The objective is to promote the role of traditional and complementary medicine in healthcare provision in general and primary health care in particular, evaluate their integration into national health systems and promotion of their use in primary healthcare and share research methodologies for studies on safety, efficacy and quality.

Besides sharing of national policies, programmes and experiences on traditional and complementary medicines to promote and propagate in SEARO Region, sharing of evidence- based information and country experiences, identify priority issues and challenges and its integration in national health system will also be evolved.

Traditional medicines are used around the world including South-East Asian countries for healthcare by people, as it has seen a global upsurge in use of traditional medicines due to its availability, accessibility and affordability as against the modern healthcare services which are going beyond the reach of common people.

World Health Organization (WHO) has also been supporting the development of traditional and complementary medicines in all member countries, which during 62nd World Health Assembly Resolution in 2009 urged member states to undertake various activities in the field of traditional medicine in accordance with national capacities, priorities, relevant legislations and circumstances.

The South-East Asian (SEA) nations have a rich heritage of several systems of traditional medicine and have vast resources of medicinal plants and huge repositories of knowledge.

India has a long history and culture of 5,000 years of using traditional medicines for healthcare and Indian traditional systems of medicines like Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Siddha, and Sowa Rigpa are comprehensive scientific systems of medicine known all over the world.

The conference is expected to broaden and update knowledge on integration, regulation and research priorities in traditional medicine and will help enhance cooperation among SEARO countries.

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