First Naturopathy Day celebrated at Civil Hospital, Shillong
SHILLONG: With an aim of promoting the drug-less system of medicine to prevent diseases by altering diet and lifestyle, the First Naturopathy Day was celebrated at Civil Hospital, Shillong on Tuesday.
Pravin Bakshi, Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Health and Family Welfare Department-cum-Director of AYUSH said that Naturopathy has struck its roots all over the world as it is a form of treatment which is a non-evasive and with no side-effects. Pointing out that since time immemorial, people have been using natural resources to heal, he said, “We need balance to maintain a sense of wellness, which is supported through Naturopathy.” Reiterating the government’s commitment to spread AYUSH, Bakshi said that the state is fortunate to have a full-fledged Directorate of AYUSH and endeavours are on to equip the directorate with more trained manpower and facilities.”
Drawing from Meghalaya’s wealth of traditional medicine, he was of opinion that Meghalaya should blend naturopathy with the tourism industry in line with states like Kerala. Delivering the keynote address, Dr L Papiah, Yoga and Naturopathy Physician, Civil Hospital Shillong spoke at length on the origins and benefits of Naturopathy. She also referred to the role played by Mahatma Gandhi, who is known as India’s Father of Naturopathy, in advocating the cause of Naturopathy in the country. The programme was organized by the Yoga and Naturopathy Department of Civil Hospital.
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