Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) contributes almost half of the all cause mortality in India . It is caused by the common risk factors like physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, tobacco use and stress. It is more on rise along with growth and development of the countries. NCDs in the World. Like modern medicine the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), Ayurveda is primarily concerned with the body. Ayurveda is âknowledge or science of lifeâ in the meaning itself. It is mentioned that there are three pillars for healthy and long life are proper diet (ahar), proper activities (vihar) and divine lifestyle and control of sexuality (brahmacharya). Therefore, its traditional holistic approach and principles have potential in reduction of NCDs risk factors in the community. It is already evident that the use of CAM has been widely used in Africa (80.0%), Australia (49.0%), Indonesia (40.0%), France (75.0%) and United States (29.0%-42.0%). CAM has been integrated into primary health care of the country under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Pattern of reported diseases at the CAM facilities is very less shared with the modern medicine in India despite provision of care to significant group of population.
Kumar D, Chandel JK, Bhardwaj AK, Raina SK, Sharma YK (2012) Rationale of Integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Health Facilities in Non Communicable Disease (NCDs) Surveillance, North India. J Community Med Health Educ 2:147
Last date updated on July, 2014