India working on data-based evidence to take Ayurveda global: PM

India is taking an all-out effort to bring out data-based evidence to enable Ayurveda to gain further global acceptance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said.

“It took so long for global consensus and acceptance regarding Ayurveda because modern science considers the evidence as the basis. We had results as well as effects as far as Ayurveda is concerned, but we were lagging behind in terms of evidence,” Modi said while speaking at the valedictory function of the four-day 9th World Ayurveda Congress that concluded on Sunday.

“And therefore, today it is imperative for us to do documentation of 'data-based evidence'. We have to work continuously for a long time in this regard. We have to bring our medical data, research, and journals together and verify each and every claim on modern scientific parameters,” he added.

The prime minister said the past few years saw the Government initiating efforts on a large scale in this direction, including the creation of the Ayush Research Portal for evidence-based research data.

“Taking that experience forward, we are now moving forward in the direction of forming 'The National Ayush Research Consortium'. Important research related to Yoga and Ayurveda is also being done in institutions like the Center for Integrated Medicine in AIIMS,” he said.

Modi pointed out that research papers related to Ayurveda and Yoga are being published in prestigious international journals, like the research papers that were recently published in respected journals like the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Neurology Journal.

“I would like all the participants of the World Ayurveda Congress to come, collaborate and contribute with India to ensure global stature for Ayurveda,” the prime minister said.

Goa Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Union Ministers Sarbananda Sonowal, Shripad Naik, and Dr. Mahendrabhai Munjapara, were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

The prime minister earlier dedicated three institutes related to AYUSH, the All India Institute of Ayurveda-Goa, National Institute of Unani Medicine-Ghaziabad, and National Institute of Homeopathy-Delhi, to the nation.

“Today, India has also put forward a futuristic vision of 'One Earth, One Health' in front of the world. 'One Earth, One Health' means a universal vision for health. The health of water-dwelling animals, wild animals, human beings, or plants is interconnected. Instead of seeing them in isolation, we have to see them in totality. This holistic vision of Ayurveda has been a part of India's tradition and lifestyle,” he added.

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