Keralites prefer allopathy to ayurveda

M K Sunil Kumar, TNN Feb 7, 2012, 03.43AM IST

KOCHI: Ayurveda treatment is not preferred by Keralites and its reach is restricted by a 7% acceptance in the state. A survey conducted by Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishath (KSSP) revealed that only 6.6% of the population opted Ayurveda, while 87% preferred allopathic treatment. […]

“According to KSSP’s survey, non-communicable diseases are common today and modern medicines can treat them effectively. That’s why people discarded ayurveda,” he said.

KSSP’s previous reports indicated this trend, even studies conducted by government agencies have confirmed this fact even in tribal areas, Aneesh added. Ayurveda medical practitioners blame the government for this alleged discrimination.

Ayurveda Medical Association of India (AMAI) members say the government is reluctant to recognize ayurveda as a branch of medicine. […]

Though the Ayurveda medical practitioners had been demanding the opening of a separate Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) in the state, the government is yet to approve this proposal. Ayurveda doctors are planning a slew of measures to vitalize the branch of medicine in association with the state government. “We will soon start programmes to create awareness on the merits of ayurveda,” Salim said.

Source: Keralites prefer allopathy to ayurveda, says survey – Times Of India
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