Centre provides help to institutes for rare AYUSH books

New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) The Centre on Friday announced that 31 institutes have been given financial assistance to preserve rare and precious AYUSH (Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) books for translation and publication.

The information was given by the minister of state for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health and Family Welfare Shripad Yesso Naik in a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

“The Centre for Traditional Medicine and Research, Chennai, has collected 268 rare siddha palm manuscripts and digitized. Tamil Valarchi Kazhagam Chennai has published eight volumes of Siddha medicines in Tamil. Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) is also engaged in digitization of classical Unani book/manuscripts. So far 50 books manuscripts have been digitized by the Council,” said the minister.

“Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) is engaged in the studies related to revival and retrieval and digitisation of ancient ayurvedic manuscripts and rare books and they are being published from time to time,” he said.

“So far 30 books retrieved from manuscripts have been published and are now available in the public domain,” Naik added.

“The Council has surveyed and digitised more than 5,000 ayurvedic manuscripts/rare books from Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir (Leh) etc.,” he added.

According to key indicators released recently by the National Sample Survey Office, it is estimated that about 6 percent of the people have received treatment from Indian systems of medicine (including Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha), Homoeopathy and Yoga and Naturopathy.

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