After Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s week-long treatment at a naturopathy centre in Bangalore, the state government has fast-tracked a similar project in Najafgarh. Delhi’s first naturopathy centre will come up on the premises of the Yoga Chaudhary Brahm Prakash Ayurvedic Charak Sansthan, an ayurveda treatment centre.
Confirming the government’s keen interest in the project, Health Minister Satyendra Jain said, “If Arvind Kejriwal’s insulin can come down by 80 per cent in a week’s time through naturopathy, then it means we have not been paying attention to natural remedies until now. I know a few doctors who are also benefitting from naturopathy.”
The state AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) department has already prepared a plan for the proposed institute. Health department officials said while discussions on the project have been under way for more than a year, the department has now expedited it.
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Sources said a team — including a special secretary, deputy director of the AYUSH department, a senior doctor from the GB Pant Super specialty Institute and doctors from the Brahm Prakash Ayurvedic Charak Sansthan — toured naturopathy centres in Karnataka over the last few months.
“Since there is no naturopathy centre under the Delhi government nor any mode of registering its practitioners, we spent a lot of time overseeing the facilities, particularly the environment necessary for holistic health facilities and if we can replicate that in Delhi,” a member of the team said.
He said the team spoke to experts, discussing the training required by practitioners and the checks required for registering doctors to ensure due practices are followed. “The final proposal, which we have submitted to the PWD, is for a research and training centre. Setting it up on the premises of the ayurveda hospital will help develop the whole campus as a holistic Indian medicine centre,” he said.
Jain said he the centre should function in “natural surroundings”. “I do not want too much money to be spent on building the centre. It should be built where there would be less concrete and more of nature.”