Ayurved: As the world has been moving away from nature, it is facing various health hazards including diseases like AIDS etc. inspite of tremendous advancement in modern medical science, Ayurveda, which is a medical science embracing nature as well as a philosophy of life a way of living, is being recognized as the potential system of medicine all over the world. We find a logical approach towards health and diseases in Classical tests of Ayurveda viz. Charak Samhita (Medical Text), Sushrut Samhita (surgical test) and Astang Sangrah (Compendium on eight branches of Ayurveda). German and English, World Health Organization (WHO) and World Health Assembly adopted resolutions urging different countries to give adequate importance to the utilization of their respective urging different countries to give adequate importance to the utilization of their respective traditional systems of medicine.
The relevance of Ayurveda in present situation has undoubtedly increased where conventional medicine, with its might and main, funds itself unable to fight many diseases. The medical research today is entangled in rapidly increasing struggle against micro-organisms that develop resistance to every new drug tried on them. The patients, not able to bear the brunt of the side effect of conventional antibiotics are turning to gentler therapies of Ayurveda and other traditional systems.
People have benefited from herbal medicine the world over, often after the conventional treatment has failed.
Central and State Government in our country have implemented various schemes to develop and promote Ayureda through medical care, education and research. Govt. of India and shape to the recommendations of various committees regarding development of India system of medicine (ISM) and established Central Council for Research in Indian Medicine and Homeopathy (CCRIM & H) in 1969. The council established major institutes and project for research in Ayurveda and Siddha (CCRAS), one of the four successor councils of CCRIM & H was established in 1978. This step further intensified research in Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic Research Institute in India and abroad are in the process of substantiating the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda within the parameters of modern medical science also. Millions of dollars are being spent on studying the medicinal properties of plants like Neem, Tulsi and Guggul, Haldi etc. Many groups in German, U.S.A., Britain and Japan want to study Ayurveda in its original form.
A separate Deptt. of Indian system of Medicine & Homeopathy has been established in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India for the enhancement of this system. A new health consciousness is sweeping the world with emphasis on staying healthy, building the immune system and using healing methods close to nature a concept that ha sits roots in Ayurveda.