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The 'medicine' in 'eye drop' form (left) and in paste form to be consumed orally | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Andhra approves ‘magic’ herbal mix after Centre okays it as health supplement, not Covid cure

Andhra govt says AYUSH panel report has not cleared the eye drops, touted as a 'miracle cure' that can allegedly help improve oxygen saturation levels in minutes.

Awareness on yoga created by Modi govt helped many countries fight Covid: AYUSH Minister Naik

Speaking at the launch of a campaign to distribute 'AYUSH 64' medicine, Shripad Naik hailed PM Modi as a visionary leader for spreading knowledge of the ancient practice.
A Covid patient is offered medical support outside the New Civil Hospital of Surat | Soniya Agrawal | ThePrint

AYUSH-64 drug useful in treating mild to moderate Covid infection cases, says AYUSH ministry

The honorary chief clinical coordinator said that patients on AYUSH-64 drug will still require monitoring so as to identify any worsening of disease requiring more intensive therapy.
Representational image for Ayurveda | Photo: piqsels.com

Take action against Ayurveda, Unani drugmakers over misleading ads — Modi govt tells states

Ministry of AYUSH issues advisory to states & UTs after it receives over 570 complaints in last 10 months for false, misleading & unfounded advertisements by drugmakers. 
A team of paramedics, nurses and doctors at Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad give a thumbs-up claiming victory over Covid-19 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

‘Can’t shorten further’ — medical experts say cutting MBBS course duration will hurt quality

In a report to the government, a Group of Ministers has recommended shortening the five-and-a-half-year MBBS course by a year.
Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Cut MBBS course to 4.5 years including internship, ministers’ panel suggests

GoM on health has also recommended two-year mandatory rural posting of doctors before awarding them MBBS degrees.
Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

‘No point mixing all in one’ — IMA to fight govt move to allow Ayurveda doctors to do surgery

IMA calls for nationwide protest Tuesday against govt attempt at ‘legitimising mixopathy’. Ayurveda doctors say postgraduates in their field are well-trained for surgeries.
Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Govt issues list of surgeries select ayurveda practitioners can perform, draws flak from IMA

AYUSH Ministry Secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha said the notification does not amount to any policy deviation & is more in the nature of a clarification.

Why the people of Spiti eat stones

One of the few remaining ‘amchis’ of Spiti Valley writes about why they still grind ‘miracle stones’.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan releases the AYUSH ministry's Covid treatment protocol on 6 October 2020 | Twitter | @drharshvardhan

Ashwagandha, kadha, guduchi — Modi govt issues official ayurveda protocol for mild Covid

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Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

Induction of Rafale aircraft into Indian Air Force to take place by 2022, says IAF Chief

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