Uniform standards for AYUSH medicine essential to convey authenticity to the layperson


There are many things that modern medicine can learn from traditional approaches like Ayurveda, including the method of personalized treatment where the treatment process varies from person to person according to the composition of their body doshas. But this unique merit of Ayurveda is also a means for detractors to discredit the system citing it as evidence for the lack of a standardized approach to the treatment process. 


In their view, modern medicine is far superior because of the presence of standardized treatment protocol which ensures that the treatment remains the same for every person under different doctors and in different hospitals; only the availability of technology changes. So, when a disease is cured, it is due to the efficiency of the entire system and not the hospital or the doctor. 


However, this is not the case with AYUSH medicines like Ayurveda, where the approach to treatment varies with the patient and the doctor involved. This leads to the paradoxical situation where the success of treatment is attributed to the ability of the doctor, while an instance of failure sees the entire medicinal system getting bashed for being ineffective. 


A change to this scenario is necessary if AYUSH medicines are to coexist with Allopathy in the modern healthcare scene. Like how Allopathy can benefit by integrating Ayurveda treatment methods into it, AYUSH streams too can benefit by taking a leaf out of the book of Allopathy medicine. 


Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, shared the same notion while launching the Indian Public Health Standards for AYUSH healthcare facilities in New Delhi last Monday. 


“The government is following an integrative approach to take the best practices from both the disciplines - Ayurveda and Allopathy,” the minister said. “By adopting uniform standards to improve the quality of healthcare delivery, the States/UTs will be able to develop AYUSH healthcare services with set standards and quality infrastructure, thereby enabling the public to avail the benefits of AYUSH medical services for all healthcare.”


The aim behind introducing health standards for AYUSH healthcare facilities is to lay down uniform standards for quality infrastructure, human resources, medicines, etc, and augment the preventive, promotive, curative, palliative, and rehabilitative services within the sector.


“Such collaboration is extremely important as it bridges the gap between traditional knowledge and modern scientific research. This integration of traditional AYUSH practices with modern medical science will take India to the forefront of holistic healthcare innovations,” said Union Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya


While there is no doubt that traditional medicine should not lose its integrity through such integration processes, some amount of adaptation is required to make them more palatable to those unaware of the treatment process of such systems of medicine. 


More importantly, the credit for the cure of a disease must go more to the system of medicine itself than to the doctors who did it. Only by doing so can more people be convinced about the efficiency and safety of that particular system of medicine. Standardization of the treatment procedures is one way to do it.  


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