The government has not only created the new portfolio AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) but has also allocated Rs 5,000 crore for the same, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Sripad Naik said at a function organised by Sandu Pharmaceuticals here.

For creating awareness about Ayurveda, the Ministry is considering to observe Ayurveda Day," Naik said, adding, "We have launched independent National AYUSH Mission aiming capacity building for the sector. The mission will ensure creation of a centre of excellence for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy independently," he said.
    
India and China use largest number of medicinal plants in the world. Traditional Chinese medicines have seen easy acceptance across the globe, but the Indian Ayurvedic medicines, which have seen a 25 percent rise in its sales in the last ten years, the highest such increase in the world, are yet to gain global acceptance. Our government will attempt to find out reasons for this and address the issues, he said.

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