The Ministry of Ayush is looking to integrate Allopathy with Ayurveda and see what illnesses can be treated with both in integration. Dr. Rajesh Kotecha, Special Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, announced this at the Amrita Samyogam 2017 in Kochi.

Dr. Kotecha further added, “Ayurveda should ensure quality of life and happiness.” Some of the areas they were focusing on was data collation through the Ayush Grid where case recordings can be shared and accessed for further research.

Amrita Samyogam 2017 was the international conference on integrative Ayurveda and modern medicine, organised by the School of Ayurveda, Amrita University, in association with Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences on August 6 and 7 in Kochi. The conference saw more than 900 delegates and more than 60 experts from six countries.

The integration of Ayurveda with Allopathy has been widely discussed in India but not put into practice. This is the first time that the integrative approach is being attempted and some of main diseases being looked at are cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.

The Director of Centre for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine at Amrita University Prof. Shantikumar Nair stated, “Integrating Ayurveda with evidence-based modern medicine has the potential to revolutionise world healthcare. Integrative medicine is becoming a popular specialty among clinicians in Western countries because of the many ways in which it can benefit patients.”

One of the major outcomes expected from this conference is further academic collaborations and funding opportunities for research studies.