Expert in Ayurveda Science Urges Establishment of Study Institute in Nepal
Date: 9th April 2023
Dr. Ndraraj Sapkota, an expert in Ayurveda medical science, has urged the Nepalese government to establish an Ayurveda study institute in Nepal to promote academic teaching and important research in the field.
Need for National Ayurveda Academy and Regulation in Nepal
Despite the Nepal Government’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education’s decision in 2051 BS to develop and expand the Ayurveda medical field, an institute has not yet been established under Tribhuvan University. A nine-member committee that comprised Dr. Sapkota and heads of various Ayurveda agencies recommended the creation of the institute. The report advised the government to initiate the process as soon as possible. On 16th Falgun 2074, during a meeting, the then Vice-Chancellor of Tribhuvan University, Prof. Dr. Tirtha Khania, gave the approval to the decision to establish the institute. The proposal was subsequently sent to the university senate.
In addition, Dr. Sapkota suggests the government should prioritize managing Singha Darbar Baidyakhana and Ayurveda Campus Kirtipur to develop the Ayurveda medicine system within the country. Nepal has a rich legacy in the field of Ayurveda and an abundance of medicinal herbs, including Yarshagumba, Panchaungale, Jatamsi, and Lothsallo, that hold significant value. By utilizing these herbs to manufacture medicine domestically, Nepal could save billions of rupees that are currently being spent overseas.
Challenges in Developing a Strong Ayurveda Sector in Nepal
Moreover, Dr. Sapkota recommends the establishment of a National Ayurveda Academy to promote and expand the Ayurveda sector, which is the indigenous medicine of Nepal. Despite the Ministry of Health’s plans to establish the National Ayurveda Institute in 2063 BS, the process has yet to advance. The formation of the Council of Ayurveda and Complementary Medicine, which aims to regulate and research natural, homeopathy, Unani, Amchi, and traditional Chinese medicine, has also not been accomplished, despite its report being passed by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Government of Nepal.
Conclusion: To develop the Ayurveda sector in Nepal, the government needs to take action to ensure that these herbs are utilized properly to benefit the country and its people. The establishment of Ayurveda study institutes in every university in Nepal, including the National Ayurveda Academy, is essential to provide the necessary education and training to those interested in pursuing a career in Ayurveda medicine. With the proper support and resources from the government, healthcare professionals, and the general public, Ayurveda medicine has the potential to contribute significantly to the country’s healthcare system.
Attribution: Information in this news article was based on an interview with Dr. Ndraraj Sapkota, an expert in Ayurveda medical science, as well as various government sources and reports.
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