Union minister Shripad Naik says research shows yoga can cure cancer

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  • Updated: Mar 26, 2016 18:32 IST
In this file photo, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and junior AYUSH minister Shripad Naik address the media. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

A research has proved that yoga can cure diseases such as cancer, Union minister Shripad Naik said on Saturday, supporting the use of alternative medical practices.

The minister said an institute in Bengaluru has proved that, though he did not mention the name of the institute.

He appealed to the people to practise ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy (AYUSH). The right-wing NDA government formed the AYUSH ministry after it stormed to power in 2014.

“A Bengaluru-based institute has proved with research that diseases such as cancer can be cured by yoga. They have proved it,” Naik said during the inauguration of National Arogya fair in Goa.

Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar also made a similar claim during his speech while launching ‘Common Yoga Protocol’, a guide to the upcoming World Yoga Day on June 21.

“It is said that diseases like AIDS and cancer can be cured by Ayurveda. We should conduct necessary research on this aspect so that India can revolutionise the health sector of the world,” Parsekar said.

Earlier in his speech, Naik said the proponents of AYUSH are not against allopathy.

“All the forms of medicines should have health of patient at its focus point,” he said.

He said there should be integration of medicines so that ailments like cancer, high sugar, obesity and others are uprooted.

The minister also announced the proposed tie up with the US in the field of AYUSH to treat cancer.

“During the last one and a half year, (the knowledge of) AYUSH has travelled places including the US. We will soon be signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with America in the field of research on curing cancer by AYUSH medicinal practice,” Naik said.

He said the World Health Organisation (WHO) also wants to join hands with India to spread awareness about AYUSH.

Naik said alike All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, the ministry is working towards setting up AYUSH AIIMS in each state of the country.

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