WHO takes an interest in Indian traditional medicine



The Secretary (West) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sanjay Verma, and the Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had warm and friendly talks to develop the potential of this traditional medicine, as reported NNA News.

During a meeting held last week in Geneva, Monday (13/6), the two men exchanged information on the importance of this treatment, as well as Indian natural products commonly used in medicine.



Verma explained that India has an Ayurvedic and Siddha system of medicine. In India, it is often defined as a therapy, like yoga.

Ayurvedic medicine, one of the oldest comprehensive healing systems in the world, dates back 5,000 years.

Ayurveda is based on the belief that a person’s health and well-being depend on a true balance between mind, spirit and body. The main objective of Ayurveda is to promote health, not to fight disease. However, Ayurvedic medicine generally targets specific specific health conditions.

Then there is the Siddha healing system, which is commonly found in the Tamil Nadi and Kerala regions. Then there is the Sowa-Rigpa healing system which is mainly found in Leh-Ladakh and Himalayan regions such as Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Darjeeling, Lahaul and Spiti.

India and WHO have agreed to establish the first WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) in Jamnagar, Gujarat. This is an effort to foster long-term partnerships, increase exports and maintain a sustainable ecosystem.

In March, the WHO and the Indian government signed an agreement to establish the WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine. This global center of traditional medicine knowledge, supported by a $250 million investment from the Indian government, aims to harness the potential of traditional medicine around the world through modern science and technology to improve people’s health. and the planet.

It is estimated that about 80 percent of the world’s population uses traditional medicine.

According to the WHO, traditional medicine is the unity of knowledge, cultivation, diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental disorders.

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