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‘AYUSH for Immunity’ —A Step towardshealthier India

Today we are living in a world where preventive measures for optimum health are important more than ever. The Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy collectively known as AYUSH, constitute of almost half of the healthcare resources of India. The Ministry of AYUSH has launched a three-month campaign on 'AYUSH for Immunity' aimed at increasing awareness about affordable and easy practices that can be adopted for enhancing immunity and preventing diseases. The current situation of the pandemic has brought unforeseen challenges before our pluralistic healthcare system, more so as there is no standard cure for COVID-19. The Ministry of AYUSH since the beginning of the pandemic in India has been taking much needed initiatives such as public health training for practitioners of AYUSH, and disseminated immunity boosting protocol to sensitize communities. The AYUSH systems of medicines are generally known to promote general wellness as they have a holistic approach to customized healthcare of individuals.
With globalization, the simple healthy practices like taking haldi milk, kadhas or chyawanprashhave been disappearing from our daily life. On the other hand we have also been moving towards unhealthy processed and fast foods.  The ‘AYUSH for Immunity’ campaign provides a renewed opportunity to put our life back on the healthy track and increase our immunity by reaffirming the healthy practices which AYUSH systems of medicine have always suggested.
Innovative and decentralized ways of engaging people to raise awareness and uptake behavior change with regard to taking up simple and effective AYUSH related measures are being adopted and coordinated by AYUSH institutions across India.There are poster designing contests for students, interesting quizzes ,interactive sessions and videos on social media by experts where they also address the questions of the public and highlight the key steps that can be taken to remain healthy through simple practices.
The information, education and communication methods used by the Ministry also provide solutions for the primordial aspects of public health, to promote immunity boosting measures such as practice of Yogasana, Pranayama and meditation for at least 30 minutes, and intake of spices like Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander) and Lahsun (Garlic) are recommended in cooking. There is ample scope for these systems of medicine to be better utilized for their prophylactic as well as therapeutic strength during this pandemic. Similarly, Homoeopathy is a comprehensive and safe system of medicine because it treats the person as a whole, rather than focusing on a singular aspect of disease.  It is based on the natural law of healing- "SimiliaSimilibusCurantur” or the Law of Similars which means "likes are cured by likes and is being widely used in many countries across the world for more than 200 years.
The world is moving towards an evidence based integrative medicine. Health care is becoming more pluralistic, pragmatic approach to medicine that is patient-centered, that offers the broadest range of potential therapies, and that advocates not only the holistic treatment of disease but also prevention, health, and wellness.
‘AYUSH for Immunity’ roots forbehavioural change in people towards immunity-enhancing steps by bringing changes to daily lifestyle, and highlights the positive role of AYUSH in enhancing immunity of a person. The prophylactic and therapeutic potentials of the AYUSH systems of medicine need to be propagated more during this time of global health crisis.
Dr. LiyiKarso, MD(Homoeo), is a Research Officer/Scientist–1 at Central Council of Research in Homoeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, currently posted at Regional Research Institute(Homoeopathy), Guwahati.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi