Pashu Ayurveda deals with animal welfare which is a $25 billion market

The 8th Ayurveda Day is set to be celebrated on 10th November. One of the objectives of this year's Ayurveda Day is to promote the role of Ayurveda in preserving the health and well-being of animals along with humans. The branch of Ayurveda that deals with the welfare of animals and birds and attends to their health is Pashu Ayurveda. 

Pashu Ayurveda is broadly differentiated into Ashwa Ayurveda (horses), Gaja Ayurveda (elephants), and Go Ayurveda (cattle, mainly cows). Pashu Ayurveda involves different sections dealing with the control, health, and reproduction of animals. Practical procedures include oral and tongue management, treatment of fractures, and use of medicinal enemas. 

Pashu Ayurveda differentiates animals into different types, suggests treatments for various diseases, including medical and surgical approaches, and lists out methods to domesticate wild animals. Other than horses, elephants, and cows, Pashu Ayurveda covers the welfare of animals and birds such as dogs, goats, sheep, parrots, etc. 

Today, the veterinary market is a $25 billion industry (, involved in the development, production, and distribution of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and other healthcare products aimed at promoting animal health, preventing and treating diseases, and improving their overall well-being.

The existence of Pashu Ayurveda points towards the existence of a comprehensive veterinary science well before modern medicine took over. By revitalizing this ancient system of medicine, India can not only improve the welfare of its cattle stock and domestic animals but also expand the scope for Ayurveda treatment in the modern world.

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