AYUSH Full Form stands collectively for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. It is an anciently established system of medicine studied in India. For centuries, India and its neighbouring Asian countries have practised the traditional medicine system. Previously, it was known as ISM&H (Department of India Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy) introduced in 1995 by the Indian Ministry of Health and Family. Later the term AYUSH was coined in 2003 and came officially into existence in 2014.
The Ministry of AYUSH is responsible for encouraging or participating in research in related fields, promoting AYUSH practices, implementing policies and trying to incorporate them into present-day healthcare approaches.
What are the 5 major components of AYUSH?
As AYUSH Full Form suggests, it has 5 major components:
- Ayurveda: Centuries-old healing system that originated 5000 years ago. It believes in benefiting the human body by bringing a complete balance of mind, body and soul by following physical & mental therapies in everyday lifestyle. Herbal remedies are more sought after present-day Ayurveda benefits.
- Yoga & Naturopathy: Yoga is a physical & spiritual discipline achieved through meditation, breathing and posture techniques. Naturopathy is the ability of an individual to be health through natural herbal remedies.
- Unani: An ancient medicine system introduced by Greece and later popularised by Arabs and Persians, Unani highlights the importance of dietary adjustments, physical adaptation and herbal means for restoring human health (balancing body, spirit & mind).
- Siddha: A system encouraging the body’s balance of natural elements it is made up of. Yoga, meditation, physical & herbal remedies are used to achieve Siddha.
- Homoeopathy: Still very popular in India, Homeopathy was developed in the late 18th century by Samuel Hahnemann. Its medicine system believes in healing the human body naturally by introducing light and highly diluted substances that accelerate healing.
Do AYUSH doctors still exist?
In a great number! India has more than 7 lacks registered and certified AYUSH doctors still practising, with the highest being in Ayurveda. After completing a university course in the same, doctors can get an AYUSH license by vising the individual state website. With their COPP and GMP affidavits, they can fill out an application form for departments’ review.
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