Terminologies used for traditional medicine to be on WHO list soon | India News

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NEW DELHI: The WHO has decided to include traditional medicine terminologies into its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) list. It is likely to release the classifications in Delhi next week. The traditional medicines terminologies have been classified as per the ICD criteria by more than 25 WHO member countries, with technical and financial aid provided by the ministry of Ayush, government of India, sources said.
“The groundwork for this initiative was created during the 2017, Ayurveda Day Celebrations when “National Ayush Morbidity and Standardised Terminologies Electronic (NAMASTE) Portal http://namstp.ayush.gov.in/” was launched by the Prime Minister along with the inauguration of All India Institute of Ayurveda Delhi. This work has been done in a record time and is expected to be released in January 2024,” said a source.
Senior officials in the AYUSH ministry said the ICD classification of traditional systems of medicine namely, Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy among others, will have significant and long-term consequences in the area of healthcare. “Scientists, Doctors from around the world will be able to understand Ayush better and integrated high-end research and documentation will be easier. This will open up huge possibilities of large-scale scientific evidence generation in Ayush sector and contribute towards increasing credibility of its usage across the globe,” said an official.
He added the ICD classification will also help in medical insurance coverage, creation of insurance packages, insurance portability among insurance companies from across the world and will give a boost to medical value travel for Ayush care in India.

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