Unlocking Nature’s Medicine: Indian Forest Officials Learn Ayurveda’s Healing Power at All India Institute of Ayurveda
Indian Forest Service officers visit AIIA to gain insights into Ayurveda’s significance in forest conservation and healthcare
Approximately 50 Indian Forest Service officers from different batches visited the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) as part of their career training program, organized under the aegis of the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy. The visit provided these officers with valuable insights into the field of Ayurveda and its significance in forest conservation and healthcare.
During the program, a special event was organized for the officers, with distinguished guests in attendance. Mr. Pramod Kumar Pathak, Special Secretary of the Ministry of Ayush, highlighted the collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Ayush and the Ministry of Health in promoting public health. He emphasized the immense therapeutic value of Ayurveda and its usefulness in simple lifestyle management. Mr. Pathak also revealed that the global market for Ayurvedic medicines has soared from $3 billion in 2014-15 to $18 billion in 2021, expressing optimism that the $25 billion target will soon be achieved.
AIIA highlights forest officers’ contribution to the conservation of medicinal trees and plants
The Director of AIIA, Prof. (Dr.) Tanuja Nesari, expressed gratitude to the forest officials for their vital role in the conservation of medicinal trees and plants. She emphasized that 80 percent of the high-quality raw materials used in medicines are sourced from forests, underscoring the officers’ significant contribution. Prof. Nesari also highlighted the achievements and importance of AIIA in advancing the field of Ayurveda.
Collaborative efforts between National Medicinal Plant Board and Forest Department underscored during visit
Chandrashekhar Sanwal, Deputy Chief Executive of the National Medicinal Plant Board, emphasized the board’s contribution to manufacturing quality medicines and the collaborative efforts between the board and the Forest Department. He also mentioned the release of a popular publication called “Comic Pro Ayushman” by Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. This comic provides quick remedies for health-related issues and is beloved among children.
The visit of Indian Forest Service officers to the AIIA served as a valuable learning experience, promoting the understanding of Ayurveda’s role in forest conservation and healthcare. It provided a platform for collaboration and the exchange of knowledge between the forest officials and the institute, contributing to the collective efforts in preserving medicinal plants and promoting the holistic well-being of the people.