UP Govt. is taking initiative to integrate homeopathy, ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy in its healthcare services throughout the state funded under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
The project has been allocated Rs.25 crore, with the money also being utilised to purchase and distribute ayurvedic, unani and homoeopathic medicines.
In the first phase, an official said, yoga and a therapeutic healthcare option would be tested in 27 districts and would later be integrated with a parallel health plan that includes other systems of medicines such as unani, homoeopathy and ayurveda.
The programme would be available at all government district hospitals, primary health centres (PHCs) and community health centres (CHCs).
There are more than 3,500 PHCs and 600-plus CHCs in Uttar Pradesh. Now, they would have experts from the alternative systems of medicine.
Till now, the basis of all healthcare was largely the allopathic system. Something like this is being tried for the first time at the state level. I am sure in coming years, homeopathy and other alternative systems would be integrated in the mainstream of healthcare system of India.