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Nandita Vijayasimha, Bengaluru June 19 , 2024
The Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation’s National Sample Survey pan-India portrays noticeable understanding on Ayush system of medicine across urban-rural areas of the country. This is the first exclusive all-India survey on ‘Ayush’ conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO).

The objective of the survey on Ayush was to collect information on awareness of people about the traditional system of healthcare, its uses for prevention or treatment of ailments and for prenatal and post-natal care and cognisance among households about home remedies, medicinal plants, local health tradition and folk medicine. In addition, it also collected information on expenditure incurred by the households on availing treatments using Ayush system of medicines.

“This consumer and market data was a long time need. The survey has to some extent showed the results of large number of programmes that Ministry of Ayush has undertaken for decades and their impact. This also should put greater pressure on the sector and the industry on their responsibility to provide services and products of high quality,” Dr DBA Narayana, CSO, Ayurvidye Trust, told Pharmabiz.

In rural India, awareness level about Ayush varies from 87% to 99 % for all States and UTs except for Arunachal Pradesh which is 77%. While in urban India, it is more than 86% across all the States and UTs. With regards to the knowledge about medicinal plants, home remedies and local health traditions and folk medicines among all the states, Gujarat indicated the maximum percentage of households with awareness.

In urban India, 79 per cent indicated understanding about the value of medicinal plants and 80.2 per cent in the rural areas. On home remedies, 78.6 per cent of urbanites knew and it was 80.2 per cent in the rural areas. In the case of local health traditions, surprisingly 24.1 per cent in the urban and 23.9 per cent in the rural were well aware.

A substantial section of population is using Ayush system of medicine for prevention or treatment of ailments. Among the systems of Ayush, Ayurveda is the most commonly used system by the people across rural and urban India for treatment. Homoeopathy has been used by the majority of the people in West Bengal who have used Ayush for treatment.

Among the households who have used Ayush during last 365 days, 7 out of 10 households believe that Ayush medicines are effective. Six out of 10 households have faith or believe in Ayush. Five out of 10 households believe side effects are negligible. Four out of 10 households used Ayush because of satisfying previous experiences, or the raw materials are easily available, or it was well known to local people. Three out of 10 households used Ayush because of tradition or culture, strengthens and revitalizes body, medicines are inexpensive.

About 87 lakh households in rural India and around 1.1 crore households in urban India practice Pranayama. About 70 lakh households in rural India and around 90 lakh households in urban India practice Yoga.

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