India has a rich, centuries old heritage of medical and health knowledge. Various traditional systems of health care have been in use and even today these are being extensively used. The Department of AYUSH deals with these traditional and alternate systems of medicine namely Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy i.e., the systems which originated in India as well as outside but got adopted and adapted here in the course of time.
The Ministry of AYUSH is formed in 9th November 2014 for providing more healthcare to the public. The Department of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy (ISM&H) was created in March 1995 and renamed as Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in November 2003, with a view to providing focused attention to development of Education and Research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy systems.
The strength of the AYUSH system lies in promotive, preventive and rehabilitative health care, diseases and health conditions relating to women and children, mental health, stress management, problems relating to older person, non-communicable diseases etc. While AYUSH should contribute to the overall health sector by meeting National health outcome Goals.