“WE WOULD have a multi-medical society in the coming days as people are becoming aware and opting for safe health practices without any bias for the system of medicine, whether its allopathic, Indian system or alternative therapies,” Prof Anees Ansari, advisor on Unani system of medicine with AYUSH (Ayurved, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) department in the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said.
“Allopathy, Homoeopathy, Ayurvedic or Unani system is complimentary and supplementary to each other. More and more people would soon come to avail the Indian medicine system, and the onus lies on us to work hard towards reviving our system (Unani),” he said at the inaugural session of the Reorientation Training Programme for the Indian System of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM&H) at Hotel Balwas International here on Monday.
“Unani system is a science, which is always developing. Latest developments in allied streams will influence our stream wherein we should take what is good in larger benefit. But we have to bring our system on modern terms to meet new demands,” Prof Ansari said.
“Unani is a holistic system as it deals with the state of human body as a whole. Our purpose is also to preserve health and not just to endeavour to restore health when there is a problem,” he added.
Underscoring that the father of medicine for Allopathy and Unani is the same (Hippocrates), he said even the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised this system.
Visibility at the international level may be low as of today but countries like South Africa and Malaysia have come forward in introducing this system there, he added.
Stating that grants for Unani system have increased from Rs 75 lakh in 1995, when AYUSH was set up, to Rs 400 crore today, Prof Ansari said, “The Planning Commission is ready to increase funding in the 11th plan provided the funds don’t remain under-utilised. Only money would not help. Dedication, vision and accountability are also needed.” Central Council of Indian Medicine vice-president Prof Abdul Mubin Khan lauded media’s effort to give proper due to the AYUSH system, which has been treated like a stepchild.
“It is the troublesome mentality of the masses to ape the west. Why do we have an inferiority complex? It is only when the west says AYUSH is good, our people would want it,” he observed.
Elaborating on why Unani did not flourish, the professor from Mumbai Tibbiya College said, “When people moved out of India after partition, they took several cultural entities along with them. The Unani tradition and practitioners too went with them. Now we have to revive this splendid system with whatever we have.”
He also pointed out the fact that 96 per cent of funds under medical budget are earmarked for allopathy and AYUSH gets the remaining, which is very less for five Indian systems put together. The proponents of allopathy do not tell us about the side effects of an aspirin or paracetamol, he said adding, “This is plain concealing of facts in the age of the Right to Information Act.”
The two-month-long re-orientation programme has been organised by the City’s Al-Farooque Unani Medical College and sponsored by the Department of AYUSH, Government of India.
Al-Farooque Society member Mammu Patel, president Syed Ishtiaq Ali, chairman Mujib Qureshi and college principal M K Siddiqui also spoke on the occasion. Vice-principal Abdul Kavi proposed the vote of thanks.