New Delhi, Sep 15: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday called for utilising Ayurveda’s extensive knowledge base on preventive care to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Inaugurating online Global Ayurveda Summit with the theme 'Ayurveda for immunity' organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mr Naidu said natural remedies prescribed in Ayurveda can help us fight the virus by building our immunity.
"Ayurveda was not just a system of medicine but also a philosophy of life," he said, adding that Ayurveda perceives humans as an integral part of nature and entails a holistic way of life where individuals are in harmony with themselves and with the world that surrounds them.
Elaborating on the system's therapeutic principles, he said, Ayurveda believes in maintaining a perfect balance between the nature’s elements and the Tridoshas of the human body for a healthy state of living. "Ayurveda propounds that every individual has his unique constitution and responds differently to treatment and medication," he added.
Citing the examples of ancient texts such as Atharva Veda, Charaka Samhita and Sushrutha Samhita, the Vice President said since ancient times, India had a very systematic, scientific and rational approach to the treatment of diseases, an official release here said.
He praised Ayurveda for providing primary and even tertiary health care services to vast populations of India since ancient times.
Observing that Ayurveda must evolve constantly to remain relevant as an effective health care system, the Vice President urged private companies and the government to come together and set up state of the art R&D facilities to develop and test new medicines.
He called for leveraging schemes such as Ayushman Bharat to take the benefits of Ayurveda to one and all and to ensure that the insurance sector supported Ayurveda.
Recognising the employment generation potential of Ayurveda industry, Mr Naidu called for designing skilling programmes in this field to help boost services export.
Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan, CII Chairman Thomas John Muthoot, Baby Mathew, Co-Convenor, CII Ayurveda Panel, Ayurveda Industry heads, Ayurveda Association members, Ayurveda doctors and students were among those who took part in the online event. (UNI)