National Ayurveda Day marked on Dhanteras

Every year National Ayurveda Day is marked on Dhanteras, that is, Dhanwantri Jayanti. Dhanwantri is a Hindu god of medicines. This year the day is marked under the theme

Theme: Ayurveda for COVID-19

Key Highlights

The Ministry of AYUSH began to celebrate Dhanteras as National Ayurveda Day since 2016.

About Ayurveda

The main advantage of Ayurveda over the other traditional medicines is that it is well documented. Prevention of disease and promotion of health are the main objectives of Ayurveda.

About Lord Dhanwantari

He is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. He is also called the God of Ayurveda. Hindus worship him for sound health.

Why is National Ayurveda Day marked in India?

  • To promote usage of Ayurvedic medicine.
  • To boost treatment principles of Ayurveda
  • To reduce mortality

AYUSH Ministry approved manufacturing of Ayurvedic COVID-19 drug

On the eve of National Ayurveda Day, the Ministry of Ayush approved the manufacturing of Ayurvedic drug called “Aastha-15”. The drug was developed by Dalmia Centre for Research and Development. The Aastha-15 is to be made available in first phase through prescriptions for mild and moderate COVID-19 cases.

The clinical trials for Aastha-15 began in May 2020. These Ayurvedic drugs also have to undergo three phases of clinical trials just like the Allopathic drugs.

Demand for Ayurvedic Medicines

The demand for Indian Ayurvedic medicines have grown globally. The export value of herbal and ayurvedic medicines in India were 446 million in 2019.

International Conference on Standardisation of AYUSH Terminologies

The ICoSDiTAUS 2020 was held in New Delhi in February 2020. It was the biggest international event that focuses on standardisation of traditional medicines. Around 16 countries came together at the conference. They were India, Iran, Switzerland, Japan, Jamaica, Uzbekistan, Bhutan, Ghana, Qatar, Equatorial Guinea, Myanmar, Cuba, Curacao, Serbia, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.

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