Srinagar: While praising yoga in first global conference of on Unani Medicine here, chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said he has been doing yoga for past three decades. He said he wants doctors and top officials of Indian System of Medicine to devise some mechanism to include yoga in their system.
Sayeed said he was confident that yoga will have some positive impact on over overall health of an individual. Sayeed said some deceases could be cured through exercise and putting mind in a complete control.
Recalling his days as Union Minister for Home, he said he used to get yoga trainer at his residence. “I would do yoga after walk and it really helped,” Sayeed said. Amid applause from audience who were mostly ISM and Unani doctors, Sayeed said he had been doing yoga since 1990.
The two-day conference, which has attracted a large number of delegates from all over the world including US, UK, Germany, Sri Lanka and UAE, was earlier scheduled last year but could not be held due to devastating floods.
This year on June 21 Prime Minister Narendra Modi led thousands of people in a yoga session in New Delhi. That day more than 35,000 people rolled out yoga mats at Rajpath to perform 21 aasanas, or postures, of yoga.
Sayeed stated that both homeopathy and allopathy take different trajectories to achieve the same goal of curing people. He called for giving space to Unani medicine so that it gets a level-playing field and integrates effectively into the State’s public health services. “I hope the Health Minister shows us the way in facilitating revival of homeopathy so that it regains the stature it enjoyed in old times when it had panacea to our ills,” he said.
Asking the delegates to play their role in helping homeopathy reclaim its position in the country’s healthcare system, Sayeed said the alternate system of medicine is going through a transitional phase and the research being carried out will help dispel many fears and doubts that have emerged about its efficacy.
“I hope you will put your heads together and strategize to again make homeopathy a viable and trusted healthcare option in the country,” he said referring to the various sessions in which the conference delegates will discuss and share their thoughts.
Referring to the predilection of people for taking medicines for ‘instant results’ in a fast-moving world, Sayeed said homeopathy as a time-tested system still has a wide acceptance among masses in the country. “The Health Department will have to travel an extra mile to promote Unani medicine in times when its mainstream counterparts like allopathy are making huge strides and gaining popularity,” he said.
Describing J&K as a rich repository of medicinal plants, the Chief Minister said J&K can significantly contribute towards ever-expanding herbal medicinal market. “India, being centre of alternate medicine and global leader in Unani medicine, holds a huge potential in this sector,” he stated.
Highlighting J&K’s unique cultural heritage and diversity, Sayeed said J&K can position itself as an ideal destination in herbal tourism. “I take this opportunity to advise the Department to work towards setting up herbal gardens and specialized therapy units at key tourist destinations across the state,” he said, while asking the Tourism and ISM Departments to work in tandem to attract herbal tourists.
Referring to the surge in global trade in herbal supplements and remedies which has grown to US $93 billion this year, the Chief Minister said a large section of population still relies on age-old traditional approach of homeopathy that uses herbal supplements towards healthy living and general wellbeing.
The Chief Minister hoped the ISM Department would continue to hold such conferences in future so that knowledge and best practices are shared by all stakeholders for further growth of the Unani system of medicine.
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