Ayurvedic medicine in Nepal would be further promoted and policy-level decisions be taken to systematise the imports and exports of most essential medicinal herbs

Kathmandu / Prime  Minister  Pushpa  Kamal  Dahal  'Prachanda'  has  pledged  to  promote  the Singha Durbar Vaidyakhana Vikas Samiti as a project of  national pride.Inaugurating    then    7th    Interna-tional  Ayurveda  Congress  here  today,  the  Prime  Minister  assured  that  the  300-year-old  institute  would  be  made  vibrant  and  upgraded  as  the  national  pride project.As  the  Prime  Minister  announced,  Ayurvedic  medicine  in  Nepal  would  be  further  promoted  and  policy-level  decisions  be  taken  to  systematise  the  imports  and  exports  of   most  essential  medicinal herbs."Policy    decisions    will    be    taken    bearing  in  mind  the  need  to  operate  the  National  Ayurveda  Research  and  Training Centre in full fledge and inten-sify  a  research  on  indigenous  herbs,"  the Prime Minister said.He  went  on  to  say  that  the  govern-ment was working on a policy of  estab-lishing   a   centre   for   manufacturing   ayurvedic   medicines   and   collecting   and processing herbs at each province, while promising some policy decisions to  remove  hurdles  in  the  imports  and  exports  of   most  essential  medicinal  herbs so as to facilitate the manufactur-ing of  Ayurvedic medicines. The Prime Minister  took  time  to  promise  that  an  atmosphere  would  be  enabled  for  exporting medicinal herbs, assuring of  government grants for herbs farming.Describing  Nepal  as  a  suitable  zone  for  Ayurvedic  herbs,  he  stressed  the  need  for  dealing  with  issues  in  the sector caused by climate change. As he said,  further  exploration  and  research  are needed on medicinal plants such as Yarshagumba,  gooseberry,  Rudraksha  and basil plants available in Nepal.

Hospitals, wellness clinics, and yoga and  meditation  centers  will  be  estab-lished  to  promote  health  tourism,  he  said, adding that for this, a policy deci-sion has been already taken.

A  100-bed  Ayurveda  hospital  will  be  established each in all seven provinces, he   said.   There   will   be   cooperation   with  the  Ministry  of   Ayush  of   India  for  Nepal  to  continue  the  research  on  Ayurveda that the Government of  India has put in high priority, said the PM.The   conference   was   organised   in   collaboration  with  Ayurveda  related  national  and  international  organisa-tions  including  the  Nepal  Maharishi  Vedic   Foundation   (NMVF),   and   the   International  Maharishi  Foundation,  said Dr Kopila Adhikari, General Secre-tary of  the Ayurveda Doctors' Associa-tion of  Nepal.Slogan     for     the     conference     is     'Ayurveda  for  all  health'.  More  than  500   Ayurveda   experts,   researchers,   industrialists and doctors from over 50 countries have participated in the con-ference that aimed to help with the pub-licity of  Ayurveda and promote health tourism,  she  said.  Besides,  students,  professors, producers and businessper-sons have also taken part.The NMVF President Dipak Prakash Banskota  expressed  the  hope  that  the  seminar  would  help  provide  informa-tion  about  Nepal's  traditional  Ayurve-dic  system  and  Ayurvedic  medicines  to the world and its contribution to the global health.On   the   occasion,   Ambassador   of    India  to  Nepal  Naveen  Srivastava  said  the  Indian  government  led  by  Naren-dra  Modi  has  prioritised  and  promoted  Ayurveda by establishing the Ministry of  Ayush. Some efforts have been taken for cooperation  between  the  two  countries  in Ayurveda and naturopathy and medic-inal herbs, and this would yield results in the days to come, he said. The conference will run until coming Sunday.