Instead of dealing with burning issues such as rampant cases of Dengue, Chickengunya, recurrent polio, and newer strains of tuberculosis (TB), and unacceptable child and maternity mortality rates, Federal Health Minister wants standardization of Ayurveda. Anbumani Ramdoss says that the Government is committed to standardize Ayurveda, an ancient herbal medicine dating back thousands of years, so there will be a “treatment protocol” for global acceptance.
As seen by thousands of global medical help seekers in Kerala, there is already a global acceptance except among some Indian allopathic doctors who see Ayurvedic and other traditional alternate treatments as a threat. Hence, there is a vilification campaign of Ayurveda among such groups raising “concerns” about the validity of what is being cured, contents of the medication, level of hard metals, and even a ridiculous allegation of human bones.
In order to lend legitimacy to his suggestion, Ramdoss, while innaigurating the 2nd World Ayurveda Congress at the Pune University, says that he will grant Rs. 120 crore (USD 25 million) to develop this “treatment protocol” and infrastructure buildup. He also wants to “standardize drugs and monitor the mineral and other contents for the medicines” and says that “scientific validation and molecular research” is required for the medicine “to be acceptable.” What Ramdoss does not understand is that the said protocol already exists and in extremely detailed form and the medicines are already accepted by millions. What he is talking about is a regulation of Ayurvedic medication much like how the allopathic medicine is.