New Delhi: The benefit of allopathic medicines and how they heal an ailment is well known but little do people in India are aware of the healing nature of home-grown and traditional medicines like ayurveda and unani.
    
To bridge this gap, Union Health Ministry will propagate the benefits of ayurveda, siddha, unani and yoga forms of medicine and how they can provide treatment to several diseases without any side effects.
    
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad feels shows on Doordarshan and All India Radio will play a major role in creating awareness about Indian forms of medicines.
    
Inaugurating a new building that would house the Department of AYUSH, he underlined the significance of mainstreaming of AYUSH as one of the core strategies to augment effective provision of the health care to masses under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
    
He said AYUSH services are now available for people in Primary Health Centres, Community Health Centres and district hospitals across the country.
    
"AYUSH is home-grown form of medicine. Everyone knows English medicine is good but it has side effects, but still people continue to use them. AYUSH does not have any side effects. We need to tell people the benefits of AYUSH," he said at the function.
    
Azad said the Ministry, from next year, would use slots on Doordarshan and All India Radio that are reserved for health issues for propagating the traditional forms of medicine.
    
"Experts and AYUSH doctors will explain the benefits in local languages," he said.
    
The Department of AYUSH got a new multi-story complex in GPO complex in INA area in the capital after 17 years of its existence.

(Agencies)

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